Research course


Lancaster University · Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Mathematics, Statistics, or a combination of the two.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our research expertise is in algebra, analysis, probability, statistical methodology, and medical and social statistics.

Students will have a formal weekly meeting with their supervisor, supplemented by more frequent, informal contact. Our postgraduate instruction is through either intense lectures (on- or off-campus) under the APTS scheme (Statistics), or term-length courses delivered by video-link, under the MAGIC scheme (Pure Mathematics). Any remaining skills gaps will be covered through additional lectures or directed reading. Students are encouraged to participate in appropriate seminars which provide an ideal opportunity to gain valuable experience of communicating ideas to an audience while also receiving feedback; they also help to set future research directions.

Students will have their own laptop, and are generously supported to attend and present work at conferences.

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


full time
36 months

Course contact details

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