PhD Studentships in Statistical Science
University College London, Department of Statistical Science
United Kingdom

PhD Studentships in Statistical Science


UCL Department / Division

Statistical Science

Location of position


Duration of Studentship

4 years


£17,009 per annum plus UK/EU Fees

Vacancy Information

Applications are invited for two PhD funding opportunities to conduct research in a branch of probability or statistics based in the UCL Department of Statistical Science, commencing in September 2019. This funding is provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).


The studentships will be 4 years in duration (or 6 years for part-time candidates) and cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, an annual stipend (£17,009 in 2019/20) and a small allowance for consumables. To be eligible for a full award, applicants must normally have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. Further details concerning the regulations on student eligibility are available on the EPSRC website.

Studentship Description

The following projects are available (outline descriptions are provided in the document linked below).
  • Analysis of Raman images for early detection of cancer
  • Bayesian functional data analysis with an application to modelling the effect of training on performance in sport
  • Causal inference in sequential off-policy scenarios, with applications to the digital economy
  • Economic modelling applications of reinforcement learning techniques
  • From massive to individualised path planning analysis
  • Modeling of contagion effects in financial markets
  • Stochastic models in genetics: using DNA sequence data to learn about population divergence and speciation

Candidates should explain in their covering letter which of these projects is of interest to them (please select at least one and up to three projects, in ranked order of preference). Alternatively, a candidate may propose their own topic, provided that it has already been discussed with a prospective supervisor in the department.

Person Specification

The requirement for admission to the MPhil/PhD in Statistical Science is a 1st class or high upper 2nd class Bachelor’s degree, or a Master’s degree with merit or distinction, in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or a related quantitative discipline. Overseas qualifications of an equivalent standard are also acceptable. Further details can be found on the Departmental website.


All new candidates should apply for the Research Degree: Statistical Science (RRDSTASING01) by completing the online form and, in addition (and very importantly), send a separate covering letter making their case for the funding. The covering letter should be sent to Dr Russell Evans at the email address below. Candidates already in receipt of an offer of admission need only send the covering letter.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, the first batch on 31 March, until the studentships are filled (i.e. the below closing date represents only a final deadline). You are therefore advised to apply as soon as possible.

Contact name

Dr Russell Evans

Contact details

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Closing Date

30 Apr 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date


Studentship Start Date

23 Sep 2019

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