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Biostatistics, PhD


180 or 240 ECTS - Ph.D. degree

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PhD studies provide the knowledge, skills and competence needed for independent scientific research practice and the attainment of novel information.

About the programme 

The objective of PhD studies is to provide students with training in science and research and prepare them for independent work in a chosen field. That includes training in preparation and implementation of research, processing and interpretation of research findings, presentation and discussion of their research, and publication in international peer-reviewed journals.

Students complete a 180 ECTS independent research thesis, including at least three publications, and might also be required to complete selected courses.

Rolling admissions, but applicants must have an agreement with a supervisor before submitting an application and research proposal.

Further information in the Course Catalogue.

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

Master’s Degree (MS) in biostatistics or related disciplines.

The following or equivalent courses are a required preparation for entry:
STÆ104G Mathematical Analysis
STÆ107G Linear Algebra
STÆ203G Probability and Statistics
LÝÐ202F The Scientific Process,
LÝÐ107F or LÝÐ003M Epidemiology
LÝÐ105F or LÝÐ004M Biostatistics I
LÝÐ301F Clinical Prediction Models.

In special cases, the Board of Study and the Committee for Doctoral Studies, can agree to accept and process an application before course requirements are fully met, and allow the applicant to complete selected courses during the first study semester.

International applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score as proof of English proficiency. Minimum scores accepted are 79 on the TOEFL internet-based test or a IELTS score of 6,5.

Applicants are evaluated for entrance based on the following criteria:

- Grade point average (in general a GPA equivalent to the Icelandic 7,25 (first) in previous studies is a prerequisite for admissions).
- Performance in specific courses, such as methodology and statistics.
- Research thesis proposal.

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Centre of Public Health Sciences
Sturlugata 8, 102 Reykjavik
Tel: 525 4956

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