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Statistics and Operations Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The PhD program was started during the academic year 1989-1990 under the name "PhD Program in Technical and Computing Applications of Statistics, Operations Research and Optimization." Since the academic year 2005-2006 it is named "PhD Program in Statistics and Operations Research." 
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Statistics and Operations Research, as quantitative tools, are necessary for the economic and social sectors of Europe. Graduates with a PhD in Statistics and/or Operations Research can contribute to the development of the country working in sectors such as industry, business, health, government, pharmaceutics, logistics, energy, consulting, and telecommunications.

Our PhD program focuses on the following objectives:

  • The scientific and technical training in the fields of Statistics and Operations Research of students from numerical disciplines (Degrees in Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Sciences, etc.) and others related to the bio-medical or social sectors (Degrees in Biology, Economics, etc), holding a MSc in Statistics and Operations Research.
  • Development of the ability to create, design, implement and perform research in Statistics and/or Operations Research.
  • To perform an original research which expands the frontiers of knowledge, deserving publications at international level.
  • The training of professors and researchers in Statistics and Operations Research.

To achieve these objectives the PhD program promotes:

  • International dissemination.
  • The invitation to national and international renowned professors and researchers, to teach courses and to impart seminars.
  • Collaboration with the business and industrial sectors through agreements and industrial PhDs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Computer Sciences
  • Economics

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Research employment advice and support unit

To meet the growing demand for funding support, the RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT UNIT assists in the management of predoctoral and postdoctoral grants and scholarships (official UPC grants, FPI grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, FPU grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and FI grants from the AGAUR).

Enrolment aids

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  • General category (3 or 4 children): a 50% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).
  • Special category (5 or more children): a 100% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).

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