Research course

Applied Social Statistics (NWDTC)

Lancaster University · Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Statistics, Social Science or a relevant related discipline, or relevant professional qualification or experience.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

This scheme, with funding from the North West Doctoral Training Centre, draws upon the acknowledged strengths of social science and social statistics; with the balance between the statistics and substantive components of the research tailored to your interests and background.

We encourage joint supervision by the Department and a social science or related department across the three North West universities (Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester), thus increasing the scope and potential focus of your research.

The programme is suitable for a range of purposes, notably: social science graduates interested in quantitative empirical work and statistics graduates wishing to develop applicable expertise in social statistics.

Depending upon prior statistical learning, there is an option of studying for an MSc before progressing to the PhD.

Department specialisms

The Statistics Group is interested in the development of novel statistical models and methods motivated by applied problems, with particular emphasis on environmental, biomedical and social sciences. Methodological strengths include change point methods, computationally intensive methods, design and analysis of clinical trials, epidemic modelling, extreme value methods, locally stationary processes, longitudinal models, spatial statistics, spatial genetics, statistical learning stochastic modelling, survival analysis and time series modelling. There is a strong emphasis on the interface between theory and application, and the group has close research links with other university departments, government departments and research institutes, a wide range of industries including multinationals and SMEs, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies within the UK and overseas.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593964
+44 (0)1524 592681