Extrapolate and analyse data to see emerging patterns and apply these to real-life scenarios. Apply statistical techniques to understand and monitor wildlife populations, improve queue efficiency or estimate stock market probabilities.
Statisticians at St Andrews gain the analytical techniques, logical thinking, and deductive reasoning to apply their knowledge to almost any field.
The School of Mathematics and Statistics offers PhD programmes in the following research areas:
- applied mathematics (mathematical biology, solar and magnetospheric theory, and vortex dynamics)
- pure mathematics (algebra, combinatorics, and analysis)
- statistics (statistical ecology, statistical inference, and statistical medicine and molecular biology)
- history of mathematics.
To apply, you should first identify and contact a potential supervisor you would like to work with in your intended research area. Find out how to contact a research supervisor.
First in Scotland and second in the UK for mathematics
Guardian University Guide 2022
First in Scotland for mathematics
The Complete University Guide 2023
98% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of Mathematics and Statistics
The School of Mathematics and Statistics covers the spectrum of mathematical sciences, including topics in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. The School offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, taught by recognised experts in their areas.
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