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Statistics Research MPhil/PhD

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  • RAE: According to the RAE assessment over 65% of research in the Mathematics Department at King's is internationally excellent or world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This puts the Department in the top quarter of all UK Mathematics Departments and near the top in London.
  • Research income: Approximately £2m per annum.
  • Current number of academic staff: 40 permanent, 10 fixed-term.
  • Current number of research students: Approximately 65.
  • Research grants: Researchers from our department currently hold research grants from BBSRC, EPSRC, STFC, Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust, London Mathematical Society and the European Commission. Our grants include studentships for postgraduate research students.

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 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 Statistics research groups organise regular seminars, where top-ranking scientists from around the world present new results, which our research students can witness first hand. We have joint meetings with other statisticians at King’s, especially the medical school, where we can discuss topics of mutual interest. 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.

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 working and storage space, as well as a computer. 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, eg 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 conference 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. Students also have the opportunity to give tutorials (with training, see above) to undergraduates.

Head of group/division

Professor Steven Gilmour

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   Bachelor’s degree with 2:1 honours but a good MMath, MSci or Master’s degree will strengthen application
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  

Band E for 2019/20 academic year

Band D for 2020/21 academic year onwards (i.e. from October 2020 entry)

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 February we hold an open day which provides information about our research activities and an opportunity to meet with relevant members of the department.

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

Please note that you should submit your application by 1 February if you want to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Scholarship (GTS) or other funds. You can find more information on funding processes on the PhD Funding Pages.

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. Therefore students are advised to apply on time to receive full consideration. 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.

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 International Student Advice pages.

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 explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For 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 One is reference is 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.

Application closing date

The final deadlines for applicants with Home, EU or overseas (international) fee status are detailed below. Please note that funding applications deadlines may be earlier. We will open applications for the corresponding intake in 2022 after the same intake has passed in 2021.  

  • February 2021 entry – 23rd October 2020 for international applicants and 23rd November 2020 for Home/EU applicants 

  • June 2021 entry - 12th April 2021 for international and Home/EU applicants 

  • October 2021 entry – 30th July 2021 for international/EU applicants and 27th August 2021 for Home applicants 

  • February 2022 entry – 12th November 2021 for international/EU applicants and 6th December 2021 for Home applicants 

  • June 2022 entry – 1st April 2022 for international/EU applicants and 11th April 2022 for Home applicants 

Applications for 2022/23 academic year will open from October 2021. 

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Fees and funding

UK Tuition Fees (2020/21)

Full time: £5,550 per year 

Part time: £3,975 per year

International Tuition Fees (2020/21)

Full time: £19,850 per year

Part time: £14,888 per year

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

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.


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Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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