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PhD/MPhil Biostatistics University of Manchester




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Programme description

Our PhD/MPhil Biostatistics programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Biostatistics.

Underpinning all our work in collaborative clinical and healthcare research is a vibrant programme of methodological research. Our main research themes within biostatistics investigate design and analysis of both randomised trials and epidemiological studies. These include inference from large e-health datasets and statistical modelling of high-dimensional genomic/biomarker data and clustered or correlated outcomes. More information on the research that we conduct at The University of Manchester can be found on the Biostatistics research pages .

In particular, our research covers:

  • Modern statistical approaches to causal inference
  • The design and analysis of efficient and adaptive randomised controlled trials
  • Meta-analysis
  • Inference from large e-health datasets such as CPRD and the HFEA
  • Applications of complex statistical modelling, including the use of Bayesian methods, to high-dimensional genomic/biomarker data, neuroscience and clustered or correlated outcomes arising in assisted reproduction research;
  • Computationally intensive statistical methods;
  • Genetic epidemiology;
  • Prediction/prognostic modelling

Teaching and learning

PhD/MPhil programmes are based on individual research projects that last three to four years (PhD) or one year (MPhil), working with a specific Primary Supervisor and Co-Supervisor(s).

Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.

Career opportunities

Your postgraduate research degree will open up a range of career opportunities after you graduate.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study PhD/MPhil Biostatistics.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

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The University of Manchester

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M13 9PL, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Manchester.

Faculty of Life Sciences - International Postgraduate Research Bursaries

Value of scholarship

A number of bursaries are available for exceptional international applicants.

Application details:

Applicants should first identify a PhD project they are interested in applying for from the list on the Faculty of Life Sciences website: Applicants should then submit both a formal PhD application and an International Postgraduate Research Bursary application. Please check the University site for more details.

Eligibility requirements:

Academic requirements : Overseas equivalent of a UK First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. This funding is available to international students. This funding is available to full time students. This funding is available to students undertaking study in: Biochemistry, Biological and Computing Science, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Genetics, History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Life Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Optometry, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant Science and Zoology. For applicants whose first language is not English the minimum English language requirement is IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based) or 90 (internet-based). Bursaries are awarded based on outstanding academic achievement. Applicants for the bursaries must be able to cover the remainder of their tuition fees and living expenses.

Who can apply:

All international

Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes

Value of scholarship

1,02,768 - 3,08,305

Application details:

For Further details please contact the University.

Eligibility requirements:

Eligibility criteria: Faculty of Humanities - The scholarship is available to University of Manchester graduates who have received a first-class honours degree enrolling on a Faculty of Humanities master’s course. Students applying will need to apply within three years of receiving their degree. The scholarship is available for international students who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning. You may be eligible to apply for other bursaries across the University; please contact the School in which your course will be based for further information. Please note that you will not normally receive the Manchester Alumni Scholarship should you be successful in applying for another University scholarship. Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health : The scholarship is available to University of Manchester graduates enrolling on a Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health postgraduate taught master’s programme. You must have graduated in the previous year or be graduating currently with a first-class honours degree. The scholarship is available for international students who will study full-time or part-time. You must be self-funded and must not be in receipt of any other funding support. Faculty of Science and Engineering : You must have a minimum of a 2:1 from The University of Manchester and have registered to begin a postgraduate taught or postgraduate research programme in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. You must also have graduated in the last three years. The Postgraduate Loyalty Bursary is only for self-funded students or those drawing down on a loan to cover costs. You should also have applied directly, not through an agent. International fee-paying students are eligible to use the award for both. Bursaries are paid out once full registration has been completed during the academic year. This award isn't payable on top of any other funded schemes for postgraduate study, such as departmental bursaries.

Who can apply:

All international

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