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The Statistics Group is housed in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, and in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (the last time statistics was assessed separately from mathematics) was lauded as one of the top 20 statistics research groups in the UK. Research interests include methodological development and applications of statistics in all areas, including medicine, ecology, energy, environment, social science, the behavioural sciences, traffic networks and archaeology.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent), ideally with a significant project component indicating aptitude for research in statistics.

Potential research projects

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the research projects listed on the School of Mathematics and Statistics’ PhD recruitment page. Projects in Statistics are likely to focus on the following themes:

  • Bayesian statistics
  • Distributionology
  • Medical statistics
  • Multivariate statistics
  • Statistical genetics
  • Morphometrics.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Director of Research, School of Mathematics and Statistics
+44 (0)1908 655552

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.