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Why Warwick?

Our Department

The University of Warwick has one of the largest Statistics departments in the world, with a thriving PhD programme and a long-established reputation for research activity of the highest quality, enhancing both the PhD student experience and the demand for our PhD graduates. The Centre for Doctoral Training offers an intellectually stimulating, dynamic and supportive atmosphere for PhD study.

  • 60 + academics with expertise over a huge range of research areas
  • 3rd in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education)
  • 6th in the UK for research quality in Mathematical Sciences (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • 65% of Mathematical Sciences research is classed as world leading (Research Excellence Framework 2021)
  • 16th in the world for Statistics and Operational Research (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Statistics & Operational Research)
  • A thriving PhD community with over 60 students
  • State of the art facilities (Mathematical Sciences Building 2018)

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Your Career

Our PhD graduates have a wide range of career prospects in both academia and industry. Below are examples of some of our recent graduates and their destinations upon completing the PhD programme.

Mengchu Li (Graduated 2023)
Research Fellow at the University of Warwick

"My PhD thesis focused on robust and private statistical analysis. Although it might be considered a niche research area in the department, I was fortunate to work with extremely talented and dedicated researchers who shaped my research tastes and motivated me to pursue a career in academia. As one of the largest statistics departments in the UK, there are many seminars, reading groups, and social events happening on a weekly basis, where one can always interact with leading researchers in their field, learn more about statistics, and, occasionally, get some free lunch Overall, it was a surprisingly pleasant journey that I would highly recommend."

Ian Hamilton (Graduated 2023)
Pricing Analyst at EDF Energy

"I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to do a PhD in the Statistics department at Warwick. I had the privilege of working with two great supervisors, who provided a combination of technical expertise, enthusiasm and wisdom. I enjoyed it so much in fact that I have stayed on part-time as an Honorary Research Fellow, where I get to further explore some of the ideas from my thesis. Outside of that, I have chosen to pursue a career unrelated to my studies, but the experience was nevertheless useful in determining my next steps and in providing a rewarding experience to boot."

David Kramer-Bang (Graduated 2023)
Postdoc at Aarhus University

"Completing my PhD at the University of Warwick as an international student was an incredible experience, thanks to its exceptional and welcoming research environment and abundant opportunities. The university's world-leading researchers, excellent facilities, and supportive faculty were crucial in shaping my thesis and education. Attending numerous conferences and workshops helped improve my research skills and expanded my professional network. The university's commitment to fostering innovation and new research has enriched my academic experience and positioned me strongly for my next career steps. I'm grateful for the impact my time at the university has had on my professional and personal development."