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Research degrees (PhD)

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Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics and Statistics

The Warwick Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in Mathematics and Statistics is a new collaboration between the Mathematics Institute and the Department of Statistics which started in 2019. General information about this CDT can be found here. The taught component of the Statistics-focused training programme is made of three code modules:

  • ST910: An invitation to graduate probability
  • ST911: Fundamentals of modern statistical inference
  • ST912: Statistical frontiers

In addition to these core modules, students can take any of the existing level 4 or level 9 modules offered by the Department of Statistics from our existing Masters programmes. The Institute of Mathematics also makes available some of their modules. Additional opportunities offered to first-year students by this CDT include:

  • An intensive master class on aspects of machine learning in the third term of the first year
  • Projects will give students the chance to experiment with a topic of their choice
  • During term breaks, students will participate in the Academy for PhD Training in Statistics (APTS) or the Taught Course Centre (TCC)

Following the taught component, at the end of the first year, students will have the opportunity to choose a supervisor with whom they will define the topic of their studies. Indeed, as opposed to most CDTs, the Warwick CDT in Mathematics and Statistics is not limited to a single subject so that any generally suitable topic in pure statistics (interpreted broadly to include probability and mathematical finance) or at the intersection between statistics and cognate disciplines will be considered.

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Why Warwick?

The University of Warwick has one of the largest Statistics departments in the world, with a thriving PhD program 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.

Warwick Statistics and Warwick Mathematics Institute together rank third nationally among mathematical sciences research groups, in the most recent UK government research assessment REF 2014. In particular, the research environment at Warwick is rated as the very best in the UK for mathematical sciences (achieving the maximum score of 100% at 4*).

You can find out more about our research in the Warwick Statistics Research Spotlights brochure (pdf file, about 40MB) featuring a sample of recent applied research projects, in the Departmental research pages and on Individual academics by research areas.

General enquiries

Postgraduate Support Officer: stats dot pg dot support at warwick dot ac dot uk

PhD Admissions Tutors

Prof David Hobson D dot Hobson at warwick dot ac dot uk

Prof Barbel Finkenstadt-Rand B dot F dot Finkenstadt at warwick dot ac dot uk

Research seminars and development

There are regular seminars and reading groups to engage in Workshops discussing cutting edge research topics take place throughout the year. Seminars are open to everybody, and PhD students are particularly encouraged to take part.

The YRM (Young Researchers Meeting) takes place weekly during term time and gives students the opportunity to practice their presentations, talking about their work in a friendly environment.

Special departmental initiatives promote research and interaction in broad major areas and provide the Department's PhD students with a wide variety of academic resources, including sustained programmes of research seminars and international workshops.

Here are some of the initiatives at Warwick Statistics:

Affiliated Centres for Doctoral Training

Students' view

Giovanni Burro

Giovanni Burro

I really enjoyed my time during the PhD. Faculty members and other PhD students have always been helpful. Several senior faculty members were really generous with their time and they gave me many suggestions to improve my work. On top of that, at Warwick I found a very big and interdisciplinary crowd of researchers on decision making. I had the opportunity of being exposed to the discipline from several points of view.

Rachel Wilkerson

Rachel Wilkerson

I chose Warwick for their excellence in research, and I found a department rich with resources to develop new statistical theories, methodologies, and applications. I learned from patient mentors who prompted different ways of looking at a research problem and also from my peers who were always willing to troubleshoot a problem with me on the blackboard. Warwick Statistics gave me the technical foundation I needed for the next stage in my career.

Marco Palma

Marco Palma

My experience as a PhD student in the Department of Statistics is very positive! The range of potential research topics is wide and the faculty members like to engage with us students. The community of PhD students organises several research activities and social events. For all these reasons the Department of Statistics is a great research environment.

Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton

I'm really enjoying my experience as a PhD student in the Department of Statistics at Warwick. The size, strength and sociability of the department mean there are loads of things going on academically, socially and anywhere in between. I doubt any other Statistics department in the country is able to offer quite the same extensive combination of weekly lecture series (CriSM, SF@W, SPAAM, Bridges etc.), reading groups, Young Researchers Meeting, Fourth Floor Cake Club (don't tell the third floor!), pub trips, walking trips, quiz nights, Gregynog, or (my personal favourite) just sitting down for a chat over lunch in the Common Room with whoever happens to be there. All this in a world class research department, and housed in a brand new building. What more could you want!