Research course

Statisical Science and Operational Research

Queen's University Belfast · Centre for Statistical Science and Operational Research - CenSSOR

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Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Research Strategies:

Current research interests include:

  • Bayesian networks, clustering and other aspects of data mining
  • Continuous and discrete optimisations
  • Graphs and discrete structures
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Markov modelling and stochastic models
  • Survival analysis

Applications have mainly been focused on healthcare modelling, medicine and epidemiology, but more recently include areas such as gene expression modelling, design and optimisation of transportation systems, modelling and simulation of vehicular traffic, the UK Census and GIS.

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Adele Marshall
+44 (0)28 9097 1919