Up to four years full-time or seven years part-time
Regular meetings with your supervisor(s)
Other entry years for this course2018
An MPhil/PhD is an advanced postgraduate research degree that requires original research and the submission of a substantial dissertation of 60,000 to 100,000 words. At Birkbeck, you are initially registered on an MPhil and you upgrade to a PhD after satisfactory progress in the first year or two. You need to find a suitable academic supervisor at Birkbeck, who can offer the requisite expertise to guide and support you through your research. Find out more about undertaking a research degree at Birkbeck.
Our MPhil/PhD degree in Mathematics and Statistics aims to train you to conduct research of a high academic standard and to make original contributions to the subject.
The programme involves coursework (where suitable) and research training, but its major component is the preparation of a substantial research thesis. The thesis should demonstrate a sound understanding of the main issues in the area and add to existing knowledge.
Research interests in mathematics and statistics include: mathematical finance, in particular the analysis of risk and numerical computation; mathematical physics and partial differential equations; approximation theory and numerical analysis; probability and stochastic processes, pure and applied; applied statistics and multivariate analysis; covariance modelling for repeated measures and longitudinal data; medical statistics; combinatorics, algebra and designs.
- Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.
- Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
First- or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject. In many instances, an MSc will be preferable.
Applicants should submit a research proposal which is in line with the research interests of the department.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 2226 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 4195 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 6050 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 11995 pa
Fees and finance
Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.
Fees discounts: If you are a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.
The School of Business, Economics and Informatics attracts funding for studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. We offer a limited number of fully funded research opportunities.
Our Research Culture
Birkbeck is a world-leading research university with a vibrant, interdisciplinary research culture and a welcoming, supportive community of researchers.
Our Research Culture
As a research student in the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, you will have access to a wide range of study resources, including the University of London seminar programme in probability and statistics, excellent library facilities close by in Bloomsbury and the taught courses and project component of our MSc Applied Statistics programmes.
To ensure that we have an appropriate supervisor for your area of research, you should contact the course team to discuss it before submitting your application.
Recent research topics include:
- Non-associative algebras and normal ideals
- Canonical auto and cross correlations of multivariate time series
- Dimension and measure defined by infinite Bernoulli convolutions
- Some Markov decision models for pest control
- Aspects of estimation in linear and non-linear time series models
- Inventory renewal time series and their ARMA equivalents
- Some statistical aspects of the estimation of fire losses
- The use of tensor algebras in population genetics.
Extensive computing facilities include PCs and UNIX platforms and generic courses and workshops are offered by the College.
Read more about our vibrant research culture.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course.
Admission and registration
Applications are considered throughout the year. A brief research proposal should be submitted with the application form. For suitably qualified candidates, the Admissions Tutor will circulate this to potential supervisors. If the proposed topic falls within the department's area of interest, the candidate's referees will be contacted and he or she may be invited for interview. The final decision on admittance is taken by a department group consisting of, as a minimum, the Chairman, the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor and the prospective supervisor.
Students must register for an MPhil in the first instance but may subsequently transfer to a PhD without loss of time if progress is satisfactory. The MPhil degree is a research degree examined by thesis and it must be either a record of original work or an ordered and critical exposition of existing knowledge. The thesis submitted for the PhD degree must form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject; it must afford evidence of originality, shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power.
Overseas students (who have not been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately prior to the start of their course) are not eligible for part-time registration, and should have secured sufficient funding before pursuing an application.
Application deadlines and interviews
You will need to submit a research proposal with your application.
You can apply at any time during the year. Entry months for the programme are October, January and April of each year.
If you wish to apply for funding, you will need to apply by certain deadlines. Consult the websites of relevant bodies for details.
Finding a supervisor
Finding the right supervisor for your research is important: we offer supervision in over 40 subject areas and in interdisciplinary combinations.
Finding a supervisor
A critical factor when applying for postgraduate study in mathematics and statistics is the correlation between the applicant’s intellectual and research interests and those of one or more potential supervisors within the department.
Find out more about the research interests of our academic staff:
- Andris Abakuks, BA, MA, DPhil, CStat: application of probability and statistics to problems in theology and New Testament studies; applied statistics, for example problems arising from geographical survey data; applied stochastic processes and Markov decision processes, especially models for epidemics and biological population growth.
- Brad Baxter, BA, PhD: approximation theory; numerical analysis; mathematical finance; theory and algorithms of radial basis functions.
- Andrew Bowler, BSc, MSc, PhD: symmetric designs; Latin squares; quasigroups and non-associative algebra.
- Anthony Brooms, BSc, MSc, PhD: stochastic processes; stochastic order results; stochastic games, with applications to models of service systems; optimisation and control.
- Professor Raymond Brummelhuis, Doctoraal examen, PhD: mathematical finance; mathematical physics and particle differential equations.
- Ben Fairbairn, MA, PhD: group theory; finite simple groups and reflection groups.
- Professor Hélyette Geman, PhD (Maths), PhD (Finance), Agrég. Maths, Agrég. Gestion: interest rates and inflation derivatives; levy processes in financial modelling; oil, natural gas, carbon and electricity spot prices; stochastic modelling of commodity forward curves; real options in the oil and gas industry; securitisation of catastrophic risk; hedge funds; dependence structure and derivatives.
- Professor Sarah Hart, BSc, MSc, PhD: group theory - sum-free sets; Coxeter groups; commuting graphs.
- Georgios Papageorgiou BSc, PhD Bayesian nonparametrics; biostatistics; latent variables; longitudinal data analysis; modelling covariance matrices; multivariate statistics; spacial statistics.
- Maura Paterson, BSc, PhD: information security; combinatorics.
- Rosalba Radice, BSc, MSc PhD: simultaneous equation estimation; semiparametric regression; sample selection bias; endogeneity; observed and unobserved confounding.
- Amarpreet Rattan, BSc, MMath, PhD: enumerative and algebraic combinatorics; combinatorics and representation theory of symmetric group and lattice path combinatorics.
- Jing Xu, BSc, MSc, PhD: biostatistics; repeated measures and longitudinal data; covariance modelling; constrained statistical inference.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
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