Biostatistics PhD / MPhil / MD

The Department of Biostatistics has expertise in methodological research and a track record of national and international collaboration in high quality research across a broad range of applied health research interests.

Why study with us?

Staff are very supportive and really keen to see me succeed. They are available to talk about any research and any problems I might have.

Nurain Ibrahim - Biostatistics PhD student
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    research rated 4* and 3* REF (2014).

  • 309

    academic members of staff.

  • 359

    registered postgraduate research students.

Overview

The Department of Biostatistics is one of the largest departments of Biostatistics in the UK, undertaking high-impact research in statistical genetics, pharmacogenetics, joint modelling of longitudinal and time-to-event data, multivariate data analysis, stereology, multi-source evidence synthesis and clinical trials. We have a sustained track record of research funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, Horizon 2020 and NIHR, and is committed to excellence in methodological and applied research. This provides an ideal environment for esteemed students to develop new methodological skills and applications to important health challenges in stratified medicine, infections, regenerative medicine and public health.

Staff and students are undertaking research involving groundbreaking basic science and life-changing therapies.

We have expertise in methodological research and a track record of national and international collaboration in high quality research across a broad range of applied health research interests:

  • Evidence synthesis
  • Clinical trials
  • Development of core outcome sets
  • Recruitment and retention of participants
  • Meta-analysis
  • Health informatics
  • Pharmacogenetics and statistical genetics
  • Applied health research.

The department provides an umbrella for cross-disciplinary units and initiatives, including the Clinical Trials Research Centre and the Medical Research Council North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research.

We are currently involved in the supervision of several students whose projects cover a wide range of topics, both in biostatistics and related health research fields. The development of, and support for, researchers is a high priority in the department.

Our research interests include:

  • Clinical trials
  • Survival data analysis
  • Multivariate and multilevel data analysis
  • Methods for evaluating biomarkers
  • Statistical pharmacogenetic
  • Joint modelling of longitudinal and time-to-event data
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics personalised dosing algorithms
  • Statistical performance monitoring
  • Quality of life data analysis.

Research themes

Our research themes include:

  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • Analysis of laboratory-based data
  • Statistical shape and image analysis
  • Stereological methods.

Facilities

The research infrastructure of the Institute of Translational Medicine is designed to give researchers access to world class facilities in the best possible environment.

Our centres, facilities and resources give us the ability to drive biomedical research from patient samples to the laboratory bench and vice versa from newly generated drug compounds into clinical trials. They provide powerful, productive collaborations between experts within the University and organisations worldwide.

  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Centre for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics
  • Centre for Drug Safety Science
  • Health Data Science Network
  • Centre for Preclinical Imaging
  • Clinical Trials Research Centre
  • Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Research Centre
  • Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub (LBIH) Biobank
  • Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit
  • MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research
  • North West Cancer Research Centre – University of Liverpool
  • Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit.

Research groups

  • Survival analysis
  • Joint modelling of longitudinal and survival data
  • Clinical trials methodology
  • Statistical pharmacogenetics
  • Multivariate data analysis
  • Meta-analysis
  • Quality of life data analysis
  • Stereology
  • Performance monitoring.

Study options and fees


MPhil / PhD / MD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.


Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

To discuss the entry requirements for this programme please contact the ITMPGR Student Team.

Applicants for postgraduate research study at Liverpool are normally expected to hold a UK first degree with a First Class or Upper Second Class degree classification, or a Second Class degree plus a Master’s degree. Equivalent international qualifications are also accepted, and their equivalence will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided by the National Academic Recognition and Information Centre (NARIC) as well as internal guidance based on our experience of a qualification’s suitability as a preparation for our programmes.

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.


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Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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