What’s it like to do a PhD in Applied Statistics?
Using your existing knowledge of Statistics and Maths, you’ll be working on a unique research project that offers significant contribution to the field. As a PhD student in Applied Statistics, you’ll find that what sets it apart from traditional Statistics is the focus on collaboration with other STEM subjects.
Some popular research topics in Applied Statistics include:
- Linear models
- Data mining and analytics
- Statistical process control
- Spatial statistics
- Statistical computing
- Longitudinal analysis s
Your research will probably focus on a particular real-world application of Statistics like in disease mapping, survival analysis or predictive modelling, among others.
You’ll find that most PhD programmes in Applied Sciences are advertised with a research objective already attached. This is the case for most STEM subjects. Even though it is not that common, some universities do consider applicants who want to propose their own research projects provided it meets the overall research objective of the department.
A PhD in Applied Statistics will require you to produce a thesis, around 80,000 words long, to be defended in an oral viva examination.