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MPhil/PhD in Statistics (2022 Entry)

About this research graduate course

Course overview

In collaboration with the Mathematics Institute, the Department of Statistics has created the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Mathematics and Statistics.  

Unlike many CDTs, this 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 specialised work of the PhD project under the supervision of individual faculty members. CDT students choose their supervisor and research topic during the first year of the programme. Both Departments have separate dedicated training programmes in the first year, designed to optimally prepare you for your PhD project work. PhD training that is not via the CDT and where the student works with a nominated supervisor from day one is available only in cases where this training scheme is required by the student’s funding source. 

Further details of potential PhD projects can be found on individual staff web pages. 

Applicants to the CDT do not need a detailed research proposal. However, it will help to indicate your areas of interest. Applicants who require funding from one of the University's scholarship schemes must develop a research proposal in close collaboration with a potential supervisor and are strongly encouraged to contact the department well before applying. 

Teaching and learning

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Mathematics and Statistics is a four-year program that includes a taught component in the first year with modules aimed specifically at research students. These modules are assessed by coursework and oral examination. PhD students also have the option to follow modules from our Masters courses to refine their knowledge in areas appropriate to their future research plans. All first-year students have an Academic Advisor who will help them tailor the training in the first year to fit their background and interests.

An important part of the research training is the first year project, which will be conducted from the start of term three until the end of August. Students can choose their project from a long list of proposals by potential project supervisors in a wide range of topics. Often this project will be the prelude to the actual PhD research.

All PhD students also participate in the Academy for PhD Training in Statistics (APTS), a taught course network that offers residential intensive courses four times per year.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Statistics, Mathematics or a science with sufficiently high mathematical content.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in all components).

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Warwick Statistics Department is one of the largest and most energetic research environments in the UK. It boasts many internationally recognised researchers eager to engage new bright students and collaborators so that they can contribute to their programmes of investigation.

Research within the department can be conveniently divided into three areas, which are somewhat distinct but present a lot of synergies:

Find a supervisor

Applicants are not expected to identify a PhD supervisor before applying.

All PhD students are expected to join the Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics and Statistics which commences with two terms of taught modules. After this, students will choose their PhD supervisors and commence their project work.

An exception to this rule occurs when the PhD is funded by a competitive scholarship that requires a supervisor to be identified and a project to be developed at the time of application (e.g. The Chancellor's International Scholarship or the China Scholarship Council Award). In this case we recommend that you contact potential supervisors. It will help to look carefully through the list of active research interests in the Department. The admissions tutors may also match you with a supervisor, based on the areas of interest in your personal statement, to develop a project proposal for the scholarships.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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