Universiteit Leiden

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Graduate School of Science

Statistical Science

PhD candidates carry out a programme of independent research, leading to a PhD thesis in typically 4 years.

A description of the research areas can be found on the website of the Mathematical Institute (MI), group Statistical Science. Specific requirements of the PhD programme depend on the specialisation chosen and are determined in consultation with the supervisor of the thesis. The students actively participate in national and international meetings as part of their training. The PhD thesis is written in English, the language commonly used in the research groups.

MSc Degree

An MSc degree in Mathematics, Statistical Science or a related field is required for admission to the PhD programme.


Candidates can apply for a paid position at the Mathematical Institute at any time of the year. The best strategy is to write directly to a professor in the area of interest. Positions are filled on a merit basis. A paid position includes limited assistance in undergraduate teaching. It may also be possible to enter the PhD programme with self-obtained grants. Grants must provide for costs of living and for a bench fee.

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