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MRC Biostatistics Unit


Testimonials from BSU PhD Alumni

"The MRC Biostatistics Unit provided me with an excellent education and a very friendly and supportive working environment.  My supervisors, advisors and programme leader always had time for me when I needed their input and provided interesting discussions throughout my PhD.  The BSU gave me so many opportunities. During my PhD, I provided statistical support to clinical researchers, worked on projects outside my PhD, published my research and presented at national and international conferences.  I would highly recommend doing a PhD at the Unit!"

"I chose to do my PhD at the BSU because of its exciting research programmes, as well as its excellent reputation. The BSU is a friendly, supportive community in which you not only become an expert in your field, but learn a lot more along the way from other members. As well as a great place to do research, being a PhD student at the BSU provides so many other opportunities. During my studies I supervised undergraduate mathematics students, worked with Cancer Research UK, presented my research at national and international conferences (and helped organise two UK-based statistics conferences), and spent three months working at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York! As for post-PhD, you’ll never be short of career options, and most alumni go on to excellent jobs in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, or finance. In summary, the BSU is a fantastic place to do your PhD, and will provide you with so much more than a qualification."

"I chose to do a PhD at the BSU because of its strong reputation for high-quality research in biostatistics. My project required a lot of computation, so I definitely appreciated the excellent computing facilities and very helpful computing staff. I also found the Unit to be a fantastic place to study with very friendly people and a lot of opportunities to present and discuss work. In fact I liked it so much that I stayed on to do a postdoc!"

"I applied to the BSU because of the mix of applied and methodological research. There is an excellent balance of leading contributions to medical science on many of the important questions of the day, alongside an attitude of commitment to statistical rigour. My PhD bought me into contact with both of these worlds, and I’ve continued this contact into post-doctoral research."