Research course

Statistics and Operational Research (STOR-i)

Lancaster University · Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

First class honours degree, or its equivalent, in an undergraduate course with a substantial mathematical content.

Months of entry


Course content

The STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training offers a unique four-year doctoral training programme with a ground-breaking approach to statistics and operational research developed and delivered in partnership with leading industrial partners. There are typically 10 - 12 fully-funded places available each year.

The programme begins with an MRes, which provides a robust grounding in the field and the development of key research skills. You will then identify a research topic and plan your PhD research. You will also develop a versatile skill set including: advanced problem solving, programming, and teamwork, plus, a broad range of presentation and dissemination skills.

The remaining three years will be spent working on the PhD project guided by appropriate supervisory teams, whilst taking a wide range of specially devised training programmes and experiencing extended international research visits at world-leading universities to increase your employability.

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


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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