Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Statistics

The PhD Statistics programme in Dominion University is a research-based graduate programme designed primarily to provide advanced training in wide range of research areas including analysis of observational studies, Bayesian inference, bioinformatics, decision theory, game theory, high dimensional inference, information theory, model selection, nonparametric function estimation among others and transferable skills, in-depth knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen field.

At Dominion, the PhD Statistics aims to develop statistician not only for academia but also our sphere of life as leaders in such endeavours as law, finance, technology, government, industry and medicine. The three main goals of this programme are to equip students to demonstrate understanding of statistical concepts, demonstrate proficiency in analysing data using appropriate methods and be proficient with statistical software packages appropriate for needed data analysis. This Graduate programme is a stepping-stone to a successful career in statistics.

Course Content

The PhD Statistics programme has three major components, which are Seminars, Research Methodology and Data Analysis and Advanced Academic Writing.

Components of Year 02
In year 2, students will be required to consolidate all work undertaken so far and deepen their understanding in their chosen areas of research. Students at this time will be gaining some preliminary results and outcomes for their final thesis, which will be presented during the second-year seminar. Students at this time will have opportunities to attend and present at conferences and research events. This will allow them to network with colleagues and peers from the wider academic community at national and international events, and also have opportunities to hear about the latest research happening in their chosen area of research.

Students are therefore encouraged to participate in appropriate seminars which provide an ideal opportunity to gain valuable experience of communicating ideas to an audience while also receiving feedback; they also help to set future research directions. At the end of the second year a submission of a paper for either a scientific journal or conference will be expected from students.

Components of Year 03
The third year is the PhD Statistics requires a student to prepare towards the completion of his or her thesis of up to 80,000 words which describes the research and original contribution to knowledge. The prepared thesis will be submitted for examination at the end of the 3rd year and it will be followed by the viva examination.

Throughout your time at Dominion, you will have access to a broad programme of skills training and professional development by constant interaction with your supervisors. This is part of the curriculum to aid students in the completion of their research effectively as well as keep them at the leading edge of the development in teaching and learning, innovation, enterprise, and knowledge transfer that will help them to succeed in their future employment. You will become part of a vibrant community of researchers.

PhD Preparatory Year
(For Applicants without MSc in Statistics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics or Econometrics)
Dominion University offers a year preparatory programme for all Doctoral students admitted without MSc. in disciplines other than Statistics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics or Econometrics. The first year consists of taught courses followed by three years of research. The total minimum number of credits for this preparatory year is 36 with each trimester carrying 12 credits.

Academic Modules

Core Courses
  • Advanced Statistical Methods
  • Probability Theory and Distributions
  • Advanced Design and Analysis Experiments
  • Regression Analysis
Elective Courses (Select One)
  • Environmental Statistics
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Applied Time Series and Forecasting
  • Life Contingency I
  • Economic Statistics
Core Courses
  • Statistical Inference
  • Research Methods
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Multivariate Data Analysis
Elective Courses (Select One)
  • Applied Stochastic Models
  • Econometrics
  • Life Contingency II
  • Demographic Models
Core Courses
  • Survival Data Analysis
  • Advanced Sample Survey
  • MSc Dissertation
Elective Courses (Select One)
  • Operations Research
  • Actuarial Models
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Epidemiology
  • Population Analysis and Official Statistics

Entry Requirement

The entry requirements for MPhil at Dominion University College are as follows;

Applicants with research Masters, (i.e. MSc./MPhil. who have conducted one full year research) in Statistics or related area, can be admitted directly into the PhD programme.

Exception is given to non-research master’s degree holders with technical background having CGPA of 3.5 or better and with not more than grade C+ or lower and B+ or better in Research Methods. In such exceptional cases, applicants can be admitted directly into the PhD programme.


Students with MSc. Statistics/Mathematics admitted directly onto the PhD programme are required to complete their work in a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of five (5) years.

Students with MSc background in fields of study other than Statistics/Mathematics will admitted into the preparatory programme are required to complete their work in a minimum of four (4) years and a maximum of six (6) years.

Applicants are to note that, if after three (3) years the MPhil programme has not been completed he or she shall be withdrawn from the programme.

After six (6) years, if you have not completed the PhD programme, he or she will be withdrawn from the programme resulting in termination of the PhD Statistics registration.

Career oppotunities

At the end of your journey in PhD Statistics, some fields of employment and areas of career prospects include;

  1. Academia
  2. Government/Public Organisations
  3. Marketing Services
  4. Financial Services
  5. Healthcare Services
  6. Research and Development Firms
  7. Bio-Pharmaceutical Industries
  8. Not-for-Profit Sector

Fees & Duration

Payment of fees should be made to;
Account Name: Dominion University College
Bank: GT Bank
Branch: Spintex Road
Account No: 205119702111

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