MPhil/PhD in Statistics

In addition to progressing with their research, students are expected to take the listed training and transferable skills courses.  Students may take courses in addition to those listed, and should discuss this with their supervisor.

Year One
Training courses
Optional (not examined)

Courses offered by the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance.
Courses offered by the London Taught Course Centre.

Optional (examined)
Masters level courses relevant to research and agreed by supervisor in department, the School or University of London College - particularly ST405, ST411, ST421, ST501 and ST542.

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)
Annual Research Presentation Event.

Optional (not examined)
Departmental Seminar Series.
Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshops with the Department of Economics.
Risk and Stochastics Seminar/Workshop.
London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance Seminar Day.
Poster Presentations.
The department encourages students to attend and, where the opportunity arises, present a paper or poster at conferences during their PhD programme in relation to their particular research topic.

Optional (examined)
Courses provided by the Methodology Institute.

Year Two
Training courses
Optional (not examined)

Courses offered by the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance.
Courses offered by the London Taught Course Centre.

Optional (examined)
Masters level courses relevant to research and agreed by supervisor in department, the School or University of London College - particularly ST405, ST411, ST421, ST501 and ST542.

Transferable skills courses
Annual Research Presentation Event.

Optional (not examined)
Departmental Seminar Series.
Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshops with the Department of Economics.
Risk and Stochastics Seminar/Workshop.
London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance Seminar Day.
Poster Presentations.
The department encourages students to attend and, where the opportunity arises, present a paper or poster at conferences during their PhD programme in relation to their particular research topic.

Optional (examined):
Courses provided by the Methodology Institute.

Year Three
Training courses
Optional (not examined)

Courses offered by the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance.
Courses offered by the London Taught Course Centre.

Optional (examined)
Masters level courses relevant to research and agreed by supervisor in department, the School or University of London College - particularly ST405, ST411, ST421, ST501 and ST542.

Transferable skills courses
Compulsory (not examined)
Annual Research Presentation Event.

Optional (not examined)
Departmental Seminar Series.
Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshops with the Department of Economics.
Risk and Stochastics Seminar/Workshop.
London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance Seminar Day.
Poster Presentations.
The department encourages students to attend and, where the opportunity arises, present a paper or poster at conferences during their PhD programme in relation to their particular research topic.

Optional (examined)
Courses provided by the Methodology Institute.

Year Four
Training courses
Optional (not examined)

Courses offered by the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance.
Courses offered by the London Taught Course Centre.

Optional (examined)
Masters level courses relevant to research and agreed by supervisor in department, the School or University of London College - particularly ST405, ST411, ST421, ST501 and ST542.

Transferable skills courses
Annual Research Presentation Event.

Optional (not examined)
Departmental Seminar Series.
Joint Econometrics and Statistics Workshops with the Department of Economics.
Risk and Stochastics Seminar/Workshop.
London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance Seminar Day.
Poster Presentations.
The department encourages students to attend and, where the opportunity arises, present a paper or poster at conferences during their PhD programme in relation to their particular research topic.

Optional (examined)
Courses provided by the Methodology Institute.

Progression and upgrade requirements
Formal assessment is made towards the end of each Summer Term. This assessment is based on statements made by the student and the supervisors in the progress report form. Students are also required to complete a supplementary report of 1-2 pages (A4), providing in more detail an outline of their current research.

The review to upgrade to the PhD normally takes place within two years of full time registration. Progress is assessed by the first and/or second supervisor in consultation with the PhD programme director and another expert in the field of the research undertaken by the student. If satisfactory progress has been made, the programme director will recommend that registration be upgraded to PhD status. The department's research committee also monitors the progress of PhD students.

Teaching opportunities
The department employs Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to teach a number of its undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In particular ST102, Elementary Statistical theory, and ST107, Quantitative Methods, are taught to a large number of students across the School and require a significant number of classes. Research students are encouraged to undertake some teaching from year two onwards. First year MPhil/PhD students are normally not permitted to teach, although some marking may be available during the year or for the external degree at the end of the year. A Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education is offered to those who wish to pursue this.