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MSc, MPhil in Statistics

Course Description

These programmes offers the opportunity to begin or consolidate your research career under the guidance of internationally renowned researchers and professionals in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS).

Research interests are diverse and include: Bayesian statistics; bioinformatics; biometry; ecological statistics; epidemic modelling; medical statistics; nonparametric statistics and semi-parametric modelling; risk and queueing theory; shape statistics.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/169/statistics

About the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS):

The School has a strong reputation for world-class research and a well-established system of support and training, with a high level of contact between staff and research students. Postgraduate students develop analytical, communication and research skills. Developing computational skills and applying them to mathematical problems forms a significant part of the postgraduate training in the School. We encourage all postgraduate statistics students to take part in statistics seminars and to help in tutorial classes.

The Statistics Group is forward-thinking, with varied research, and received consistently high rankings in the last two Research Assessment Exercises.

Statistics at Kent provides:

- a programme that gives you the opportunity to develop practical, mathematical and computing skills in statistics, while working on challenging and important problems relevant to a broad range of potential employers

- teaching and supervision by staff who are research-active, with established reputations and who are accessible, supportive and genuinely interested in your work

- advanced and accessible computing and other facilities

- a congenial work atmosphere with pleasant surroundings, where you can socialise and discuss issues with a community of other students.

Course structure

The research interests of the group are in line with the mainstream of statistics, with emphasis on both theoretical and applied subjects.

There are strong connections with a number of prestigious research universities such as Texas A&M University, the University of Texas, the University of Otago, the University of Sydney and other research institutions at home and abroad.

The group regularly receives research grants. The EPSRC has awarded two major grants, which support the National Centre for Statistical Ecology (NCSE), a joint venture between several institutions. A BBSRC grant supports stochastic modelling in bioscience.

Research areas

- Biometry and ecological statistics

Specific interests are in biometry, cluster analysis, stochastic population processes, analysis of discrete data, analysis of quantal assay data, overdispersion, and we enjoy good links within the University, including the School of Biosciences and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology. A recent major joint research project involves modelling the behaviour of yeast prions and builds upon previous work in this area. We also work in collaboration with many external institutions.

- Bayesian statistics

Current work includes non-parametric Bayes, inference robustness, modelling with non-normal distributions, model uncertainty, variable selection and functional data analysis.

- Bioinformatics, statistical genetics and medical statistics

Research covers bioinformatics (eg DNA microarray data), involving collaboration with the School of Biosciences. Other interests include population genetics, clinical trials and survival analysis.

- Nonparametric statistics

Research focuses on empirical likelihood, high-dimensional data analysis, nonlinear dynamic analysis, semi-parametric modelling, survival analysis, risk insurance, functional data analysis, spatial data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, feature selection and wavelets.


Students often go into careers as professional statisticians in industry, government, research and teaching but our programmes also prepare you for careers in other fields requiring a strong statistical background. You have the opportunity to attend careers talks from professional statisticians working in industry and to attend networking meetings with employers.

Recent graduates have started careers in diverse areas such as the pharmaceutical industry, financial services and sports betting.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc, MPhil in Statistics page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or 2.1 in a relevant subject.

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