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I chose to do a PhD at the BSU because of its strong reputation for high-quality research in biostatistics. My project required a lot of computation, so I definitely appreciated the excellent computing facilities and very helpful computing staff. I also found the Unit to be a fantastic place to study with very friendly people and a lot of opportunities to present and discuss work. In fact I liked it so much that I stayed on to do a postdoc!

Anon (September 2021)

The MRC Biostatistics Unit provided me with an excellent education and a very friendly and supportive working environment.  My supervisors, advisors and programme leader always had time for me when I needed their input and provided interesting discussions throughout my PhD.  The BSU gave me so many opportunities. During my PhD, I provided statistical support to clinical researchers, worked on projects outside my PhD, published my research and presented at national and international conferences.  I would highly recommend doing a PhD at the Unit!

Anon (October 2019)

I chose to do my PhD at the BSU because of its exciting research programmes, as well as its excellent reputation. The BSU is a friendly, supportive community in which you not only become an expert in your field, but learn a lot more along the way from other members. As well as a great place to do research, being a PhD student at the BSU provides so many other opportunities. During my studies I supervised undergraduate mathematics students, worked with Cancer Research UK, presented my research at national and international conferences. As for post-PhD, you’ll never be short of career options, and most alumni go on to excellent jobs in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, or finance. In summary, the BSU is a fantastic place to do your PhD, and will provide you with so much more than a qualification

Anon (August 2019)

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3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

MRC Biostatistics Unit

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2023
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2024
Course Starts
April 17, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Oct. 2, 2024
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2025

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2025
Course Starts
April 17, 2025

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


2023 Entry

Applications per place: 12
Number Accepted: 6

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