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MPhil/PhD Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum entry requirements for admission onto G4ZS MPhil/PhD Statistics?

All applicants should have completed a taught MSc containing a substantial statistical component, usually with a Distinction, plus a bachelor’s degree of high standard. Overseas students should consult the Graduate Prospectus for details of equivalent qualifications.

Which type of references do I need to provide?

You must supply two academic references from teaching members of your current or most recent university department.

Do I need to submit a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)?

No. GRE and GMAT are not normally required for applications to G4ZS MPhil/PhD Statistics.

Do I need to provide an English test?

There is an English language requirement for all applicants for whom English is not their first language. The British Council’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an accepted qualification. Applicants should already have or expect to gain a minimum score of  7.0 in the IELTS.

When should I apply?

You should apply as early as possible, ideally by no later than the start of the School’s Christmas closure period in the December of the year prior to the October start of the next academic year.

Do I need to secure the interest of a potential supervisor before submitting my application?

No. Your priority should be to submit your application and research proposal as early as possible.

Can I apply to pursue a PhD part-time?

We will consider applications for part-time registration, subject to visa regulations, but we strongly recommend full-time registration. We do not recommend attempting to pursue a PhD while in full-time employment.

What is the maximum period of registration?

The maximum period of full-time registration is four years.

Do you offer distance learning?


Do I need to submit a research proposal?

Yes. You should state your research topic as accurately as possible on a separate sheet. Your research proposal should be approximately 1,500 words in length and it should address the following questions:

What is your general topic?
What questions do you want to answer?
What is the key literature and its limitation?
What are the main hypotheses of the work?
What methodology do you intend to use?
What theoretical/conceptual framework will you adopt?
What are your case studies, if any, and what are your case selection criteria?
What previous research have you undertaken in this field?

Will you recommend a research topic to me?


Will you consider my application without a research proposal?