Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £17,190 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
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.
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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- Computational statistics
- General theory and methodology
- Multivariate and high dimensional data
- Stochastic modelling and time series
- Financial risk, insurance, econometrics and stochastic finance
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Econometrics and finance
- Environmetrics and hydrology
- Machine learning
- Population and systems biology
- Statistical imaging
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 (where available) 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.
- Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
- Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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
- Postdoctoral Researcher, London Business School
- Catastrophe Modeller, Risk Management Solutions
- Research Associate, UCL
- Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics
- Consultant Software Engineer, UCL
The department has strong connections with inter-disciplinary research institutes at UCL (for example 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 not only to new insights but also to a readiness to critique the established order, which is both intellectually and personally fulfilling.
Student / staff ratios › 50 staff including 15 postdocs › 46 taught students › 57 research students
Department: Statistical Science
"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 OlhedeStatistical Science MPhil/PhD
Professor of Statistics
"UCL is one of the leading universities worldwide. 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."
Beate FrankeStatistical Science PhD
"After deciding to pursue my graduate studies in London (due to countless opportunities for industry collaborations) choosing UCL as a university was not hard. I was looking for a statistics department where I could be exposed to as many different research areas as possible and UCL Statistics department could offer me this opportunity. Of course, studying in the first statistics department in the world also has its charm."
Rodrigo TarginoStatistical Science PhD
Application and next steps
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now