Guidance on applying for a PhD in Statistics

Applications to study for a PhD in Statistics are always welcome. Please read the following guidance.

Funding for UK and EU applicants

In most years the School of Mathematics and Statistics (SoMaS) has a small number of fully funded places (fees and stipend) for UK and EU students seeking to do PhDs in mathematics and statistics; these are advertised as they become available at the SoMaS PhD places page.

Funding for non-EU applicants

Non-EU applicants are strongly recommended to seek full or partial funding from local sources since we can seldom provide full-funding for them. Some years funding is available for exceptional non-EU students, but this usually only covers partial fees (eg at the UK/EU level) and may or may not provide a stipend.

How to apply

  1. You will need to choose an area of research to work in: this must be a research interest of your proposed supervisor. Read the personal web pages of the staff members in the research group (links available in the "People" section of this site), and see which topics interests you most. You are welcome to contact staff members to discuss topics further.
  2. Complete an online application form available here.
  3. Please note that research proposals to analyse a large dataset using standard statistical methods are not suitable for PhD research in statistics. (Such projects are more suited to MSc dissertations in statistics.)

Please do not send CVs or applications directly to staff members. We will only consider applications submitted via the online application form. If you have any questions about applying for PhDs, please contact the PhD Admissions Assistant for Statistics, Dr Richard Wilkinson.