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3 New PhD Studentships within UCL Statistics

UCL - Department of Statistical Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: UK fees + living allowance
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 2nd December 2022
Closes: 16th January 2023

Applications are invited for 3 PhD Studentships based at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL. The positions can involve any topic within the Statistical Science remit.

The Department is among the three largest Statistics groups in the UK with more than 30 academic members of staff. Research in the Department is organised into six themes: Biostatistics; Computational Statistics; Economics, Finance and Business; Environmental Statistics; General Theory and Methodology; Multivariate and High Dimensional Data. Research often cuts across these areas. Much of the research is interdisciplinary and involves collaborations within and outside UCL.

The positions available are:

  • 2 Departmentally-funded Teaching Assistantships - Starting date up to end of July 2023 at the latest
  • 1 Studentship funded by the Heilbronn Institute - Starting date in September 2023

Important information:

  • The positions are open to both Home and International applicants.
  • The Studentships are guaranteed to cover the Home part of the tuition fees and an annual stipend.
  • For a successful International applicant, the awarded Studentship is not guaranteed to cover the difference between the International and Home path of the tuition fees.
  • However, in the event that not all 3 positions are filled, the remaining funds will be used to cover the full International tuition fees for 1 successful International applicant.
  • For information, Home tuition fees are set to £5,860 for 2023/24 for a full-time position, and the corresponding International tuition fees are set to £26,200.

Each Teaching Assistantship will be 3.5 years in duration (or 6 years for part-time students) and is guaranteed to cover the Home part of the tuition fees, an annual maintenance stipend and a small allowance for consumables. For the last academic year, 2022/23, the stipend was £19,668, rising with inflation each year - the exact amount for 2023/24 onwards will be announced soon. Full-time students will spend 6 months of their time teaching (spread across the 3.5 years) and devote the remainder to undertaking their research.

The Heilbronn Studentship will be 4 years in duration (or 6 years for part-time candidates) and is guaranteed to cover the Home part of the tuition fees, an annual maintenance stipend and a small allowance for consumables. For the last academic year, 2022/23, the stipend was £19,668, rising with inflation each year - the exact amount for 2023/24 onwards will be announced soon.

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. International qualifications of an equivalent standard are also acceptable. Further details can be found on the Departmental website.

The requirements for appointment as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant – relevant in particular for the Teaching Assistantships – are detailed in the PGTA person specification.

How to Apply

A single application procedure covers both types of Studentships (Teaching Assistantship and Heilbronn Studentship). A candidate can select one or both types of Studentships to be considered for when completing the funding application form. The link to the funding application form can be found below.

Candidates will need to identify and be in contact with a prospective supervisor in the department in advance of submitting an application.

Step 1: All candidates should first apply for admission to a MPhil/PhD in Statistical Science by visiting the relevant UCL website.

Step 2: The following two documents should then be sent to stats.pgr-admissions@ucl.ac.uk, after changed into a PDF format:

  1. Funding application form (link to Word document to be completed by the candidate)
  2. Supervisor reference form (link to Word document to be completed and sent by the prospective supervisor)

Step 3: For an application to be completed, candidates should also fill in the following online form:

Diversity data form (link to Microsoft Form to be completed by the candidate)

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 16th January 2023, with shortlisting decisions made very soon after this date.

The details of these scholarships, including the eligibility requirements and application procedure are available from the 'Apply' link.

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