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Statistics Research MPhil/PhD

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We have a wide range of research opportunities in the Statistics group of the Department of Mathematics. These range from Design of experiments, Functional Analysis, and Computational Methods to Time Series Analysis, Bayesian and Nonparametric Methods. We recommend that you explore and identify research topics and academic staff in your area of interest. 

You can explore potential supervisors on our research group page.

Click here to find out more about the Department’s other research groups.  You can found out more information about all of our research degrees here. Please see our pages for details on how to apply.

Key information

Duration Full time: 3-4 years; Part-time: 6-8 years

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences

Department Department of Mathematics



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Our department has a large number of active and internationally renowned researchers and postdoctoral research fellows. The research groups organise regular seminars, where top-ranking scientists from around the world present new results, which our research students can witness first-hand. The students also organise their own informal seminars and discussion groups. The lively environment and the exceptionally friendly atmosphere at our department contribute to the high success rate of our students. You can apply for supervision in all fields of interest of our staff members. The department provides funding for PhD students to attend suitable schools and conferences during their studies.


 More than 80% of the PhD students at the department are fully funded through a number of funding schemes; the most common is departmental funding which covers tuition as well as a living stipend. In recent years, on average, 10 students per year have been admitted to a PhD programme with funding from the department.

Course study environment

You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely. You will also attend research seminars and take part in other research related activities in your research group, the department and more widely in the University of London. We do not specify fixed attendance hours, but we expect a good level of attendance, and our research students benefit from informal interaction with each other. You will be provided with access to working and storage space, as well as a laptop. On arrival you will discuss your research programme with your supervisor, and you will attend general induction sessions.

Postgraduate training

Carrying out research is learned in apprenticeship mode as PhD student works with a supervisor. Our PhD students receive various forms of training during their period of research, e.g., attending courses in the London Taught Courses Centre, attendance at EPSRC summer schools; provision of advanced lecture courses; College training courses for graduates who will give tutorial teaching to undergraduates; weekly seminars in the area of your research; frequent research group meetings; attendance at national and international conferences and research meetings.

Communication skills are developed by preparing and presenting seminars in the department, assisted by your supervisor, apprenticeship in writing papers and, in due course, the PhD thesis.

To build your teaching skills and experience, you are strongly encouraged to apply to become a Graduate Teaching Assistant, giving tutorials to our undergraduates 

Head of group/division

Head of group/division

Head of Department: Professor Steven Gilmour 

Head of Group: Professor Michael Pitt

Contact for information

Contact the Admissions Office -

Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form ( www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions )

After applying: use the messaging service at apply.kcl.ac.uk Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1648

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum UK requirements  

The official minimum entry requirements are a Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours (or equivalent). In practice, applicants will normally be expected to have an MSc, MMath, MSci or equivalent degree with merit/2:1 honours (or equivalent) and high grades in modules relevant to the research area.

Applications from women, disabled and minority candidates are encouraged, as are applications from individuals with non-standard backgrounds (e.g., those from industry or returning from a career break).

It is not necessary that an applicant has completed their current course of study before applying; in such a case any offer may be conditional on the eventual degree classification.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  
  • Band D 
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

You can apply for supervision in all fields of interest of our staff members. Your application is considered and processed by the relevant admissions officers. We aim to reply within six weeks. To suitably qualified applicants, we offer opportunities to meet with prospective supervisors. Each November we hold an open day which provides information about our research activities and an opportunity to meet with relevant members of the department.

View our list of PhD projects to identify whether there is already a project proposed by a prospective supervisor in the area of research you are interested in. These projects indicate broad areas of potential research and there may still be a suitable supervisor available for your proposed area of research even if there are not any relevant projects here.

October, February, and June start dates are available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at beginning of the academic year in October, when the College offers a full induction programme.

 Although there can be variations the selection process typically runs as follows:

Starting in February students are selected for interview. The interviews are held in March and a first round of offers is made. If an offer is declined then the groups make second round offers until the positions are filled. Research groups tend to fill their funded PhD positions first as these are the most competitive. Unfunded positions are rare as most supervisors will have taken on a funded student.

 If you have any further questions please contact the Admissions Tutors or the Postgraduate Admissions Team.

 You can also read our step-by-step guide on how to apply. 


ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our Student Services webpages.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Research Proposal Yes

The proposal should be kept to two pages in length. We advise applicants to contact the admissions tutor (maria.kalli@kcl.ac.uk) for further clarification. For further advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
Reference Yes Two references are required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

Course intake

PhD: 2-5 FT, 0-2 PT per year

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible as we may need to request further information from you to assess your application. This is also important if your application is successful and you are required to meet any offer condition, and/or you need a Student Visa to study here at King's.

The final application deadlines are detailed below; on these dates, the programme will close at 23:59 (UK time) and we will open for the corresponding intake in 2023 soon after the same intake has passed in 2022.

June 2022 entry – 1 April 2022 for Overseas fee status and 11 April 2022 for Home fee status

October 2022 entry – 29 July 2022 for Overseas fee status and 26 August 2022 for Home fee status

February 2023 entry – 21 October 2022 for Overseas fee status and 22 November 2022 for Home fee status

June 2023 entry – 3 April 2023 for Overseas fee status and 17 April 2023 for Home fee status

Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier than the application deadlines listed above.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

International Foundation

Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees (2021/22)

Full time: £5,820 per year

Part time: £2,910 per year

International Tuition Fees (2021/22)

Full time: £21,870 per year

Part time: £10,935 per year

UK Tuition Fees (2022/23)

Full time: £6,120 per year

Part time: £3,060 per year

International Tuition Fees (2022/23)

Full time: £22,980 per year

Part time: £11,490 per year

EU Students starting their programme in the academic year 2021/22 will pay international tuition fees.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions. Bench fees will be applicable to the non-award research programme for visiting students.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

We have a dedicated team at King's Career & Employability centre who provide bespoke careers support for King's postgraduate researchers.


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