Past students graduating with a PhD in Mathematical Statistics have been highly successful in professional practice and a number have progressed to lecture and work in industry.
Why do a PhD in Mathematical Statistics?
A PhD in statistics is more flexible and useful that PhDs in some other areas. Statistics is intrinsically an applied science, and one that is in big demand across lots of areas, because it can be applied to many areas, unlike most academic disciplines. Statistics will help you:
- Come up with solutions to leading edge problems.
- Contribute to the development of new markets, new services and new products.
- Enhance the quality of our research, education and healthcare.
- Improve business performance and outcomes.
Why is this a good programme to do?
This programme will help you come up with theoretical and applied underpinnings of solutions to modern and classical statistical problems.
Why do your PhD in Mathematical Statistics at Wits?
Wits is one of the top universities in South Africa. It has produced some of the best world-renowned academics. Some of the former lecturers in the school of Statistics and Actuarial science are:
- John Edmund Kerrich, first head of the Statistics department. Famous for experiments in probability performed while interned (in Denmark) during the Second World War. He was one of the 12 founders of South African Statistical Association.
- Herbert Sichel developed the Sichel-testimator for the lognormal distribution's t-statistic. He also made great leaps in the area of the generalized inverse Gaussian distributionwhich became known as the Sichel distribution.
- Danie Gerhardus Krige was a South African statistician and mining engineer who pioneered the field of geostatistics. The technique of kriging is named after him. Krige's empirical work to evaluate mineral resources was formalised in the 1960s by French engineer Georges Matheron.
- Gordon V. Kass, developed the Chi-square automatic interaction detection (CHAID) a a decision tree technique, based on adjusted significance testing (Bonferroni testing).
- Frank Beichelt a professor in the School whose research focuses on probability theory and mathematical statistics. He is the author books on stochastic modelling in reliability, maintenance, and safety analysis etc..
- Paul Fatti - Emeritus Professor - University of the Witwatersrand, a former head of school and respected statistician.
What does Wits have to offer?
Wits offers a variety of statistics courses which gives the student a good foundation to excel in a wide range of areas. The statistics staff are versatile, passionate and progressive in their teaching, supervision and research. The environment and culture is supportive and empowering, giving students the confidence to push their boundaries.