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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Statistics and Probability


The Statistics and Probability research group carries out research in a wide variety of research areas. Our interests range from probability theory, through statistical methodology and computation, to substantive applications in many different fields.

Areas of particular research interest in Statistics include:

  • Bayesian statistics, with specific expertise in Bayes linear methods and uncertainty quantification for computer models;
  • Nonparametric statistics, including smoothing and predictive inference;
  • Statistical modelling of structure, geometry, and shape;
  • Foundations of statistics and decision theory, with specific attention to generalised uncertainty quantification including imprecise probability;
  • Applied statistics for large-scale applications in a wide range of contexts, which include: banking, cosmology, digital commerce, energy, ecotoxicology, food saftey, image and biomolecular data, petroleum and other engineering, reliability, risk assessment, and systems biology.

Areas of particular research interest in Probability include:

  • Stochastic processes and their applications, including Markov processes, random walks, processes in random media, and self-interacting processes.
  • Complex stochastic systems and phase transitions, including random fields, percolation, processes in random environments, polymers, interacting particle systems, and other models inspired by statistical mechanics, biology, chemistry, etc.
  • Random structure and geometrical probability, including random networks, random graphs or hypergraphs, and combinatorial structures constructed on random points in space.

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate research in statistics and probability offers the opportunity to develop statistical and probabilistic expertise, involving practical, mathematical and computing skills, while working on challenging and important problems with substantial real-world applications. It offers excellent career prospects, in academia as well as in other environments such as industry, government and support of actuarial and medical work. The statistics and probability group at Durham offers an excellent atmosphere for research on many interesting topics, and the group continues to grow. The City of Durham offers a unique location to live and work, with all University buildings on, or very close to the peninsula formed by the river Wear, on which the city centre is located. The Cathedral and Castle, on the peninsula, together are a World Heritage Site.

Financial Information

For UK students, the main source of financial support for postgraduate studies are EPSRC grants. If you wish to apply for such a grant then contact us as soon as possible. Students from EU countries outside the UK are also welcome to apply for these grants, but EU students who have not been resident in the UK for the last three years preceding the start of their studentship are only eligible for a fees-only award. Normally, we would expect you to have a first class honours degree in Mathematics, Statistics, or a related topic. For overseas students, appropriate funding may be more difficult to find. However, on some occasions we may have alternative sources of financial support, so do contact us if you are interested in postgraduate work in our group.

Visit one of our seminars:

Seminars are usually held on Monday at 14:00 in CM221, but you should check the Statistics Seminars series listing for more details.

Contact for more information about this seminar series.

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