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Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematical Sciences Building

The Warwick Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in Mathematics and Statistics is a new collaboration between the Mathematics Institute and the Department of Statistics starting in 2019. The two departments share a culture of research crossing boundaries within the mathematical sciences and reaching out to other disciplines.

A CDT Environment for the Mathematical Sciences

Unlike many Centres for Doctoral Training, the Warwick CDT in Mathematics and Statistics is not dedicated to a single topic, but covers the range of research interests of both departments. Our vision is to create a thorough training environment in mathematical sciences, spanning theoretical, methodological, and applied areas.

The CDT environment provides common training to a cohort of PhD students across the mathematical sciences in addition to the specialized work of the PhD project under the supervision of individual faculty members.

A Four Year Programme

CDT studentships are funded for four years. The first year includes a taught course component as students get to know the department, develop relationships with potential supervisors, and deepen their knowledge in areas of mathematics and statistics relevant to their research interests.

Training in the first year includes:

  • A broad range of PhD-level modules. The Institute of Mathematics offers 10 modules as part of the CDT. The Department of Statistics will offer a selection from existing Masters-level modules.
  • Participation in graduate taught course networks:
    • The Taught Course Centre, a collaboration between the Mathematics Departments at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Imperial, Oxford, and Warwick.
    • The Academy for PhD Training in Statistics, a collaboration between major UK statistics research groups to organise courses for first-year PhD students in statistics and applied probability nationally.
  • Training in transferable skills, including a module dedicated to communicating to a broad mathematical audience.
  • A group project to foster collaborative skills.

Following successful completion of the taught component, and the completion of an individual mini-project, students upgrade from MPhil to PhD and the remaining time is focussed on the PhD project.

CDT students continue to participate in ongoing cohort activities throughout the four year programme, including:

  • CDT seminars. Students give short talks presenting their research to a broad audience from Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Group lunches allowing students to interact in an informal setting and give informal presentations to stimulate discussion across the departments.
  • Skills workshops to discuss options, preparation of CVs, and application strategy for future employment.

How to Apply

The first CDT studentships are available for training starting in October 2019. These are divided between the Mathematics Institute and the Department of Statistics. To apply for a studentship, first match the principal focus of your application with the appropriate department. Check the pages for the respective departments.

Mathematics Statistics
Prospective Graduate Students PhD in Statistics or Probability

There are two CDT directors, one in Mathematics and one in Statistics, who will coordinate applications to ensure that you are registered in the appropriate department and, if necessary, transfer your application.

Applications are made via the University of Warwick Online Application Portal. Please read the Postgraduate step by step guide for help with the application process.

To be considered for a CDT studentship, select the "Studentship" box in the "Finance" section of your PhD application form and then put CDT in Mathematics and Statistics.