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PhD Probability

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 or 48 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain before the start of the course a:

  • 1st or upper 2nd class 4 year undergraduate degree (e.g. MMath) degree (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in a mathematical subject
  • MSc with Merit or Distinction (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in a mathematical subject.

In some research areas, a background in physics, engineering or computer science is also acceptable.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

Opportunities for PhD research are available in a wide range of topics in Probability and Statistics. For some of the available areas of possible PhD or M.Phil research see the current Probability and Statistics research areas. For more details about the specific projects, please contact the relevant individual members of staff or get in touch with the Probability and Statistics Postgraduate Admissions Tutor .

Students may enter our graduate programme in Statistics by initially taking our taught M.Sc. course over 1 year. This, subject to satisfactory progress, can lead to admission to the PhD programme.

Open days

We will be holding a Postgraduate Open Day in the Department of Mathematics, Alan Turing Building . For more information and registration details, please visit Department website .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,407
    International students (per annum): £24,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,203
    International students (per annum): £12,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the Department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Together with EPSRC and other national funding sources, the Department currently provides financial support to some 60 postgraduate students every year (approximately 15 new students per year). EPSRC DTA research studentships are available in all areas for UK and EU students. Students who are normally resident in the EU but not in the UK are eligible for EPSRC PhD studentships, but the awards in such cases currently cover only the course fees, not maintenance stipends.

In addition, about eight School scholarships are also available each year to PhD students. PhD students may also have the opportunity to help in teaching undergraduate examples classes, for which they are paid. For details of all available awards, please visit the Department website .

Contact details

Department
Department of Mathematics
Contact name
Postgraduate Research Admissions Office
Email
Website
https://www.manchester.ac.uk/maths
School/Faculty

Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain before the start of the course a:

  • 1st or upper 2nd class 4 year undergraduate degree (e.g. MMath) degree (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in a mathematical subject
  • MSc with Merit or Distinction (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in a mathematical subject.

In some research areas, a background in physics, engineering or computer science is also acceptable.

English language

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing and no module less than 5.5 (or a recognised equivalent qualification). Alternatively, a TOEFL overall score of 90 is required, with a minimum score of 22 in reading, speaking and listening and a minimum score of 24 in writing.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Deferrals

Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, would change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

Opportunities for PhD research are available in a wide range of topics in Probability and Statistics. For some of the available areas of possible PhD or M.Phil research see the current Probability and Statistics research areas. For more details about the specific projects, please contact the relevant individual members of staff or get in touch with the Probability and Statistics Postgraduate Admissions Tutor .

Students may enter our graduate programme in Statistics by initially taking our taught M.Sc. course over 1 year. This, subject to satisfactory progress, can lead to admission to the PhD programme.

The Probability and Statistics group comprises 16 members of staff. The Probability subgroup has made numerous and significant contributions to the theory of random walks and Levy processes; Brownian motion and diffusion processes; Markov, branching and point processes; random fields; Dirichlet forms; stochastic analysis; stochastic differential equations; stochastic partial differential equations; stochastic calculus; optimal stopping; and optimal stochastic control. The Probability subgroup is internationally recognised for its research in these areas and their applications.

There is a long tradition of Probability and Statistics at Manchester - the chair in Mathematical Statistics is one of the oldest established chairs in the UK. Previous members of staff include such well known names as Bartlett, Cane, Gani, Laycock, Papangelou, Parthasarathy, Priestley, Subba Rao and Whittle.

PhD and MPhil supervision is provided in all areas of research of the group. This includes three main areas of specialisation (listed alphabetically): (i) Financial Mathematics; (ii) Probability; (iii) Statistics. A partial list of current research topics can be found here .

Facilities

The Department of Mathematics is the largest in the UK with an outstanding research reputation and facilities .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk