Research course


Newcastle University · School of Mathematics and Statistics

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in computing science, mathematics, physics, statistics or another strongly quantitative discipline. We also accept MMaths and MPhys degrees.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

We have a strong international reputation for making original contributions to Bayesian methodology, bioinformatics and biostatistics. We invite postgraduate research proposals in any of these three areas.

As a research postgraduate in the School of Mathematics and Statistics you will be supported by a team of experts in your chosen field. You will also have the opportunity to develop and enhance your skill set through appropriate research training.

To help you identify a topic and potential supervisor, we encourage you to find out more about our staff specialisms and read about the PhD projects undertaken by some of our recent postgraduate students. A list of example statistical projects currently offered is also available.

As a PhD student you will be supported by team supervision. You will also go through a research training analysis to identify any skills that you need to develop.

Attendance is flexible and agreed between you and your supervisors depending on the requirements of your research project. You are expected to undertake 40 hours of work per week, with an annual holiday entitlement of 35 days (including statutory and bank holidays).

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Department specialisms

Bayesian statistics; Biostatistics; Statistical bioinformatics and stochastic systems biology.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements: Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills). If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary, School of Mathematics and Statistics
+44 (0) 191 208 6960