Statistics MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2013-14

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £10,840 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

Supervision is available in any of our research areas. For more information about staff specialisms please see the School’s website.


Our pure mathematics staff are prominent in two fields: functional analysis and geometric algebra. In analysis, one subgroup concentrates on operator theory and function theory, the other on more algebraic topics such as Banach algebras, cohomology and modules. In algebra there are subgroups devoted to the study of infinite groups and the study of finite classical groups and their geometries (Dr R Bocklandt, Dr M Dritschel, Dr A Duncan, Professor P Jorgensen, Dr O King, Dr Z Lykova, Professor S Rees, Professor G  Robertson, Dr A Vdovina, Dr M White).

Applied mathematics

Our staff have research interests in fluid mechanics, astrophysics and cosmology. In fluid dynamics, research is undertaken in numerical modelling of quantum, classical and astrophysical fluids. In quantum fluids we have experts in the properties of superfluid liquid Helium and Bose-Einstein condensates. Research in astrophysical fluids covers areas as diverse as the Earth’s core, planetary dynamos, acretion discs and galaxies. In cosmology, our main interests are in the very early universe and quantum gravity (Professor C Barenghi, Dr P Bushby, Dr C Campbell, Dr A Fletcher, Professor I Moss, Dr N Proukakis, Dr G Sarson, Professor A Shukurov, Dr D Toms).


We have a strong international reputation for research in bioinformatics, biostatistics, Bayes methodology and applied probability. Our interests centre on: Bayesian statistics; longitudinal and event history analysis; Bayesian design of clinical experiments; extreme value theory; non-parametric maximum likelihood; statistical bioinformatics; applied probability; stochastic processes and the optimal control of stochastic systems.

Supervision is available in the following areas: analysis of DNA sequences; Bayesian statistics; biostatistics; extreme value theory; medical statistics; moment problems; optimal control of stochastic systems; optimal design of clinical experiments; scheduling problems; statistical bioinformatics; statistical genetics; statistical modelling; stochastic processes; stochastic systems biology; survival data analysis (Dr P Ansell, Dr P Avery, Professor R Boys, Dr M Farrow, Dr L Fawcett, Dr C Gillespie, Dr A Golightly, Professor R Henderson, Ms D Howel, Professor J Matthews, Dr T Nye, Dr J Shi, Dr J Stoyanov, Dr D Walshaw, Professor D Wilkinson).

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

We organise several seminar programmes including: discipline-specific programmes with external and internal speakers; a programme on Bayesian statistics and bioinformatics; a postgraduate programme (organised by postgraduates for postgraduates); a Royal Statistical Society (North East Local Group) programme.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, hosts postgraduate events and has links with several specialist graduate training networks. The School provides funding for attending conferences and UK statistics students are eligible for an enhanced studentship scheme. In addition, students may supplement their income with marking and other teaching support work.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree in a relevant subject, or international equivalent.

A first-class MMath or MPhys, or international equivalent, is preferred.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme, applicants will be informed of this in the offer letter.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) sponsored PhD and integrated MRes/PhD studentships are being offered in a range of subject areas for 2012 entry. These studentships are normally for four years and include a tax-free maintenance grant of approximately £13,590 per year for UK students. EU students are eligible for a fees-only award. More information can be found on our Postgraduate Fellowships and Studentships page.

Other sources of funding: The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC); Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); grants raised by staff from research councils.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

When making your online application, please insert one of the following programme codes on the 'Programme of Study' page:

8080F (full time)
8080P (part time)

7080F (full time)
7080P (part time)

Applications are accepted throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 28 April 2014
  • 22 September 2014 

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Adele Fleck
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6960

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Mathematics and Statistics.