PhD and MPhil Programs in Statistics

Why research Statistics?

Diverse groups of statisticians are brought together at The Australian National University both from within the University and from Commonwealth Government institutions including the Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), to provide a range of challenging opportunities for graduate students.

The HDR program draws upon the expertise of academic staff throughout the University including the staff of:

  • the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Statistics (at the ANU College of Business & Economics);
  • the Mathematical Sciences Institute (at the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences);
  • and interested academic staff of other groups such as the School of Demography (ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences), the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment), and the ANU Statistical Consulting Unit.

Information on current and past student profiles, and support and resources available to HDR students, can be found here.

Career options

  • University academic
  • Researcher within scientific, medical or health research organizations
  • Researcher and Analyst within government departments, such as the Bureau of Statistics, Institute of Health and Welfare, Departments of Health, Agriculture, Education, Finance and Treasury
  • Researcher and Quantitative data analyst within the corporate sector, including banking, finance and insurance, pharmaceutical, or energy and mining sectors
  • Management consultancy and Actuarial consultancy

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Research areas

  • Actuarial Studies
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Big Data Statistics
  • Econometric and Financial Modelling
  • Functional Data Analysis
  • High Dimensional Data Analysis
  • Probability Theory
  • Resampling Methods and the Bootstrap
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Statistical Methodology
  • Stochastic Processes and their Applications
  • Time Series Analysis and Forecasting

Research school scholarships

The Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Statistics (RSFAS) has scholarship opportunities available for a limited number of top quality PhD candidates who are unsuccessful in securing scholarship funding from other sources. These may provide a stipend to help with living costs. For more information contact the RSFAS Director of HDR Training.

University scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to current ANU students to help with the cost of your studies. Donors and benefactors, external organisations and the Australian Government fund many of the scholarships we offer.

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