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We have 104 Statistics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Statistics focuses on mastering the mathematical framework behind data analysis. You will be researching processes that help understand data and assess risks. Even though Statistics contains a major component of theoretical maths, it has plenty of application in other fields like Physics, Biology or Finance.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Statistics?

On a PhD level, you’ll be using your existing knowledge of the models and methods in Statistics to work on a unique project that offers significant contribution to the field. Statistics is a vast area of study and you can look at one of some of these popular research topics in Statistics:

  • Bayesian statistics
  • High dimensional data
  • Computation techniques
  • Extreme value theory
  • Probability theory
  • Wavelets

Statistics also has applications in other areas like Biology, Medicine, Finance or Physics. You can, therefore, also decide to focus on a particular application of Statistics. For example, you can have a special focus on statistics within biomedical or social science.

Akin to many other STEM subjects, Statistics PhDs are usually advertised with a research objective. You can also propose your own research projects and they might be considered if they meet the over-arching objectives of the department.

In the UK, a PhD will end with submitting a thesis of around 80,000 words followed by an oral examination where you will defend your research in front of an academic panel. It is also likely that you’ll be asked to enroll as an MPhil student at the beginning of your programme. You can upgrade to a PhD, after a review at the end of the first year, if your supervisor feels your work meets certain standards

Since a PhD is a purely research-based degree, there are no compulsory teaching hours. You’ll work on a mutually decided schedule with your supervisor. However, because of the transdisciplinary nature of the field of Statistics, you might be encouraged to take on some taught modules, that cover certain transferable skills, in your first year.

Entry requirements

If you’re looking to do a PhD in Statistics, you’ll need to have completed a Masters (with Merit or Distinction) in a mathematical subject. Some research programmes may also accept degrees in subjects like Physics, Engineering or Computer Science, provided they have a major mathematical component.

Depending on where you choose to apply, you may also need to show that you have a level of language proficiency in your university’s language of instruction

PhD in Statistics funding options

In the UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funds PhDs in Statistics. They offer fully funded studentships and a monthly stipend to UK students. PhDs are usually advertised with the funding attached and you’re automatically eligible for it if you’re successful in your application.

If you are an international student, you have the option of the EPSRC PhD Scholarships that contribute towards your tuition fee but do not include a monthly stipend.

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PhD in Statistics careers

A PhD prepares you for a career in academia and the industry. Agriculture, forensics, finance and law are some of the biggest employers of Statistics graduates outside of academia. You can also look at careers in Actuarial Sciences after a PhD in Statistics.

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Predicting eye disease risk using genetics

  Research Group: Statistical Genetics
About QIMR Berghofer. QIMR Berghofer is a world-leading translational medical research institute focused on improving health by developing new diagnostics, better treatments and prevention strategies, specifically in the areas of Cancer, Infection and Inflammation, Mental Health and Neuroscience, and Population Health. Read more

PhD Scholarship in Demography and Spatial Analysis

We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a 3.5-year PhD Studentship in the intersection of Demography and Spatial Analysis. Read more

Human Appetite and Obesity

The School of Psychology invites applications from prospective postgraduate researchers who wish to commence study for a PhD in the academic year 2024/25 for the Thomas Ward Scholarship. Read more

PhD in Computing Science - Interactive Model-based Probabilistic Visualisations for Exploring Decisions

This studentship is linked to the DIFAI project. Applicants are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (international fees + stipend at research council rates) in a collaborative project between the University of Glasgow and Aegean Airlines (Athens, https://en.aegeanair.com/). Read more
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Leverhulme ‘Space for Nature’ Doctoral Scholars (PhD or MSc by Research+PhD) Leveraging Machine Learning to Assess the Impact of Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECMs) on Bumblebee Populations in the UK

Project Details. Monitoring bumblebee populations is imperative due to their critical role as pollinators. ‘Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures’ (OECMs) are places that are outside the protected site network, but which are managed in a nature-friendly way alongside management for other reasons. Read more

Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Technology Adoption Among Older Adults: A Mixed-Methods Approach

To explore and understand the multi-dimensional factors that either impede or facilitate the use of new technology among older adults, and to develop guidelines or interventions that can enhance their technological literacy and adoption rates. . Read more

Hybrid OFDM transmission system for connected autonomous vehicles

Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) is a technique that exploits orthogonal carriers to transmit information and enhance received signal diversity and consequently increase received signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Read more

PhD Studentship in the Health Economics Group: Investigating approaches to the estimation of lifetime progression-free and post-progression mortality rates in cancer patients

Award summary . Funding will cover tuition fees at the Home (UK) rate only, a Research Training and Support Grant (£5,000 p.a.) and an annual stipend aligned to the UKRI rate (£19,237 for 24/25.) Successful international candidates will be required to fund the difference between home and international fees. . Read more

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