Research course

Statistics and Operational Research

University of Essex · Department of Mathematical Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Good honours or Masters degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area

PhD, MPhil, MSc by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

Staff within our Department of Mathematical Sciences are able to supervise our MPHP Statistics and Operational Research. In your first year, you undertake a taught programme similar to our MSc Statistics and Operational Research. In your second and third years, you undertake research that leads to your final degree.

Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas like such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Our staff are strongly committed to research and teaching. They have published several well-regarded text books and are world leaders in their individual specialisms, with their papers appearing in learned journals like Communications in Algebra, Studia Logica, International Journal of Algebra and Computation, SIAM Journal in Optimization, IEEE Evolutionary Computation, Computers and Operations Research, Ecology, Journal of Mathematical Biology, and Journal of Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Department specialisms

Pure mathematics; applied mathematics; statistics; operational research.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872704