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Postgraduate Admissions


The BSU provides an exciting place to commence a career in Biostatistics. Our unique academic research environment offers the chance to do cutting edge research with direct relevance to real world health problems. Many of our staff have been involved in the UK and University of Cambridge response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As such our thriving PhD programme is hugely successful and competition for places is high. The BSU's relaxed yet enthusiastic, dedicated and stimulating environment provides students with the essential tools, both in research and transferrable skills, to set them on their way to a successful career as an independent researcher.

Applications are invited for PhD studentships funded by UKRI in the MRC Biostatistics Unit. Applicants should have or shortly expect to obtain a minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Statistics or a related subject including Mathematics or Computer science. A Masters degree in one of these areas is also considered desirable. Competition for funded places is intense and the successful applicant is expected to demonstrate high academic achievements. These positions are open to UK citizens or international candidates who are able to augment the funds to cover the extra costs associated with international student fees.

Fixed-term: Funding Full funding covering the University Composition Fee and Maintenance (currently £18,000 pa), is provided for 3 years, with effect from 1 October 2021. A maximum of four studentships will be awarded in this application round.

A summary of the projects available can be found at:

All applications will need to be made through the University Application Portal: for further information about the programme and to access the Applicant Portal.

Please note that the course code for PhD applications to Pharmacology is MDBI22.

Your online application will need to include:

  • Two academic references
  • Transcript
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English
  • A list of up to 4 projects of interest from our website

Applications need to be submitted by 7th January 2021 by midday GMT. Applications will be assessed as a gathered field after this date. Interviews will take place in late January 2021.

Informal enquiries about the programme should be directed to

Please quote reference SL24724 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Key Information

MRC Biostatistics Unit

Reference: SL24724

Dates and deadlines:

Thursday, 12 November, 2020
Closing Date
Thursday, 7 January, 2021