Back to top
About the Department

The Department of Statistics at Oxford is a world leader in research including computational statistics and statistical methodology, probability, bioinformatics and mathematical genetics.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Oxford’s Mathematical Sciences submission was ranked overall best in the UK.

This is an exciting time for the Department. We have now moved into our new home on St Giles and we are currently settling in. The new building provides improved lecture and teaching space, a variety of interaction areas, and brings together researchers in Probability and Statistics. It has created a highly visible centre for the Department in Oxford.

Since 2010, the Department has been awarded over forty research grants with a total value of £9M, not counting several very large EPSRC and MRC funded awards for Centres for doctoral training.The main sponsors are the European Commission, EPSRC, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

We offer an undergraduate degree (BA or MMath) in Mathematics and Statistics, jointly with the Mathematical Institute. At postgraduate leven there is an MSc course in Statistical Science, as well as a lively and stimulating environment for postgraduate research (DPhil or MSc by Research). Our graduates are employed in a wide range of occupational sectors throughout the world, including the university sector.

The Department co-hosts the EPSRC and MRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Next-Generational Statistical Science- the Oxford-Warwick Statistics Programme OxWaSP.


To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013, Professor John Gittins produced a history of the Department of Statistics. Oxford University Department of Statistics – A Brief History [PDF]

A list of past and present staff and DPhil students is also available.


Contact Information


Department of Statistics
University of Oxford
24-29 St Giles’
United Kingdom


+44 (0)1865 272860


Visit Us

How to get to the Department

The Department is located in St Giles’ which is to the north of the city centre. A street map of Oxford showing the Department’s location can be found here. A more strategic overview of getting to Oxford is provided here.

Travelling to Oxford

By Air

Travellers from abroad usually arrive at one of London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Birmingham International airports.

To get to Oxford from either London Heathrow or London Gatwick, the coach is recommended. The Oxford Airline service leaves Heathrow every half hour and hourly throughout the day from Gatwick.  The journey from Heathrow takes 80 minutes from Terminal 5 and 90 minutes from the Central bus station (serving terminals 1, 2, and 3) and 2 – 2.5 hours from Gatwick. There is a free shuttle service between Heathrow Terminal 4 and the other terminals.  The coach arrives at Gloucester Green Bus Station which is a short walk or taxi ride from the Department.

Travelling by taxi from Heathrow is very expensive (at least £80) and is not much quicker than the coach.

There is a direct train service from Birmingham International to Oxford.

By train from London

There is a regular train service between London Paddington and Oxford. Fast trains take about an hour. See National Rail for details.

By coach from London

The Oxford Tube leaves outside Victoria Railway and Tube Station every 20 minutes. The journey takes approx. 100 minutes but this can vary depending on the time of day and state of roads.

There is also the X90 which is a direct coach service from London Victoria Coach Station (five minutes walk from London Victoria Railway and Tube Station) to Oxford which runs every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes approx. 100 minutes.

Statistics Library

The Statistics library can be found in the Department of Statistics at 24-29 St Giles’, on the lower ground floor.


If you would like to register with the library please contact the librarian by e-mail: or tel: 01865 (2)82857 (direct)/01865 (2)72860(reception) between 9am and 4.30pm Monday-Friday. A current University card is required for registering.

Staff members, research students, masters students and 4th year undergraduates from the Department of Statistics are automatically registered. All other people will have to get in contact if they wish to have access.

Graduate students from other departments in the University must bring a letter from their supervisor supporting their admittance to the library. Undergraduate students, except for Part C Mathematics and Statistics students, are not permitted to use the library.


Further information

IT Information

If you need help with IT while you are outside the department, please visit the IT support pages.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please e-mail

Statistics Green Team

The Department of Statistics is dedicated to improving its environmental impact. We are working alongside the University of Oxford’s Environmental Sustainability Team to help create a greener University.

The Department joined the Green Impact Scheme and set up a Green Team. Green Impact is run by the National Union of Students (NUS) and was created to help universities become greener through completing various goals in areas such as recycling, energy reduction and transport. The Environmental Sustainability Team supports the Green Impact Scheme as the best way for departments to become greener. In June 2015 the Department of Statistics achieved a Silver Impact Award and we are hoping to do the same in the new building.

The Green Team has implemented initiatives to encourage the students and staff to recycle, and save water, paper and electricity.

If you would like to get in touch, please e-mail: