Statistical Science and Operational Research (PhD)

Queen's University Belfast

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About Statistical Science and Operational Research at Queen's University Belfast

Current research interests include:

  • Bayesian networks and probabilistic graphical models
  • Continuous and discrete optimisations
  • Cost modelling and effectiveness analysis
  • Decision trees, clustering, random forests and other aspects of data mining
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Non-parametric estimation
  • Simulation, real-time modelling
  • Survival analysis, Markov modelling and stochastic processes

Research projects are focused on developing statistical and operational research techniques that can contribute to real-life applications. Further to the two main streams of research application in healthcare modelling and transportation systems, projects currently extend beyond this to application fields such as resource management, gene expression modelling, student progression modelling, GIS, risk, crime and financial market abuse.


Research strengths stem from a strong background and substantial grant income in health care research, in particular, the development of the discrete conditional phase-type models to predict patient stay and costs in hospital; the work on identification of patient characteristics interacting and impacting survival through the use of Bayesian networks and models to represent the flow of traffic in road networks.

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PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:


The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

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