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Statistics - Research


The PhD is a research degree which usually takes four years to complete. A student must write a thesis under the direction of a member of staff containing a significant amount of original Statistics. Potential students should look at the list of proposed research projects and the list of academic staff; the latter list includes links to pages that detail the areas of expertise of each staff member. Collaborations with outside parties have involved work in Chemistry, Medicine, Archaeology, Banking, Computer-Aided Design, and other areas.

Additional information about postgraduate opportunities in Mathematics and Statistics can be found at

The Department has exchange agreements under the EC SOCRATES programme with a number of European universities. Students may spend up to half of one year at another university under this programme, provided that a suitable programme of studies is arranged. Financial aid is available in the form of IRC awards, the University's internal postgraduate funding scheme and Departmental tutorships. Occasionally funding is available for specific projects from other agencies.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2:1 Honours Degree in Statistics. A First Class degree is highly desirable. Before a student can be accepted into the programme, they must find a member of staff who is willing to act as their supervisor. For a PhD degree, a good MSc degree is often desirable.

Applicants must have a recognized primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall score
TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University’s TOEFL code is 8850


MHR10 4 years Full-time

Careers or further progression

Career Options

PhD is the main entry degree for careers in research and third level teaching. However, many MSc and PhD graduates take up employment in areas such as Industry, Commerce, Banking and Finance, Insurance, Software Development, Process Engineering or Education.

A 2009 study in the US found that the best three jobs in terms of income, work environment, and other factors were Mathematician, Actuary, and Statistician, all jobs suited to Mathematics and Statistics graduates.

For more information about jobs in Mathematics or Statistics, see
and the links in the ‘More Information’ section at the end of the last webpage.

Staff of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Maynooth University are happy to advise you on career-related matters.

Further enquiries

Contact us about this course
Programme Director Dr David Redmond
Tel +353 (0)1 7086761

Application date

Closing date
Research applications are generally accepted at any time.

Research areas

Research Interests

Potential research students should decide on a general research area that they’re interested in, and then contact the course coordinator who will put them in touch with members of the Department’s staff working in that area. Information about research interests of staff in the Department can be found at

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

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