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Statistical Science MPhil/PhD

The automation of manufacturing and service sectors is facilitated by computing advances. Yet, this transition towards data-driven decision making requires more sophisticated use of statistics. Indeed, analysing larger volumes of data creates both challenges that can be addressed by existing statistical methods and opportunities for the development of novel algorithms.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, or a UK Master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, computer science or a related quantitative discipline. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard are also acceptable.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

Research in Statistical Science is based on a blend of project-based research groups, multidisciplinary collaborations and individual research programmes.

Research areas

The department’s methodological research is organised into six areas:
  • Biostatistics
  • Computational statistics
  • General theory and methodology
  • Multivariate and high dimensional data
  • Stochastic modelling and time series
  • Financial risk, insurance, econometrics and stochastic finance
Research often cuts across these areas. For example, externally funded projects in the following application areas are in progress:
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Ecology
  • Econometrics and finance
  • Epidemology
  • Environmetrics and hydrology
  • Machine learning
  • Population and systems biology
  • Statistical imaging
  • Stochastic optimisation in the energy sector
Much of this work is interdisciplinary and involves collaborations within and outside UCL.

Funding

Research Council funding may be available for UK/EU graduate research or graduate taught students. Other funding opportunities may also be available. For details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/statistics/prospective-postgraduates/studentships

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Value:
Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

Graduates of the PhD programme are well placed to continue as researchers in both academia and the private sector. In particular, greater data collection has created a demand for enhanced methodologies for analysis, which is a strength of most recent graduates.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Lecturer, University of Salerno (2009)
  • Medical Statistician, Medical Research Council (2009)
  • Research Associate, UCL (2010)
  • Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics (2011)
  • Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University (2008)

Networking

The department has strong connections with inter-disciplinary research institutes at UCL (e.g. the Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML), the Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX), the UK PhD Centre in Financial Computing and the Energy Institute), which interface regularly with the public and private sectors. Staff members also collaborate directly with hospitals, power companies, government regulators, and the financial sector. Consequently, research students have ample opportunity to engage with external institutions in order to frame their work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

While the department offers world-class expertise along with strong links to practitioners, its position within UCL provides breadth. Besides ties to other mathematical sciences, the department collaborates with researchers in engineering, management, and medicine. The opportunity to engage with leading researchers across disciplines while accessing London-based government and industry figures gives UCL students a distinct advantage.

More intangibly, by being in a truly multi-disciplinary milieu, UCL students gain an appreciation for knowledge and its societal impact. This leads to not only new insights but also a readiness to critique the established order, which is both intellectually and personally fulfilling.

Student / staff ratios › 30 staff › 27 taught students › 35 research students

Department: Statistical Science

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL has an amazing portfolio of research. As a statistician I get to play with data from many different fields, which is exciting. Collaborating with other scientists at UCL enables me to contribute to a wide array of scientific disciplines."

Professor Sofia Olhede

Subject: Statistical Science MPhil/PhD
Student review

"UCL is one of the leading universities world-wide. In particular, I like that statistics is a department on its own and not as often the case part of mathematics. Therefore, the research areas in statistics investigated in our department cover a huge variety. As a PhD student, I find it very important to be exposed to more than only your own field of research. Besides, due to the department being fairly large we are around 30 PhD students only in statistics all with similar problems. It creates an open and friendly environment for postgraduate studies."

Beate Franke

Subject: Statistical Science PhD
Student review

"After deciding to pursue my graduate studies in London (due to its countless opportunities of industry collaborations) to choose UCL as a university was not a hard task. I was looking for a Statistics department where I could be exposed to as many different research areas as possible and UCL's Statistics department could offer me this opportunity. Of course, studying in the first statistics department in the world has also its charm."

Rodrigo Targino

Subject: Statistical Science PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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