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3 years

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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Statistics Biology Mathematics For Specific Applications

Course type


Course Summary

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is an internationally recognised research department of the University of Cambridge specialising in statistical modelling with application to medical, biological or public health sciences.

Our PhD students are registered with the University of Cambridge. Students belong to one of the University's Colleges and are trained at our Unit at the University Forvie Site on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

We maintain strong links with the University of Cambridge Statistical Laboratory, Alan Turing Institute and other mathematical departments (who are based in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences on the West Cambridge site).



For the PhD degree, the thesis should not exceed 60,000 words (or 80,000 by special permission of the Degree Committee). This limit excludes figures, photographs, tables, appendices and bibliography. Formatting should be one-and-a-half spaced and pages should be double-sided.

Submission of the final thesis will be followed by an oral examination.


All PhD students are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) in the final quarter of their first year. If successful, the student moves from being "probationary" to being registered for the PhD and can proceed with their project.

Further informal assessment via presentation takes place in the first term of Year 3.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High 2.1 Honours Degree. All students applying to the MRC BSU PhD programme must have or expect to get a first or high 2.1 honours degree in mathematics, statistics or a related discipline. Those students who have gained their degree outside the UK will be subject to University of Cambridge criteria for overseas qualifications to ensure that this high level is maintained. A master's degree is also considered desirable.