ST91215 Statistical Frontiers
Introductory description
This module runs in term 2 and is usually taken by PhD students in the Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics and Statistics.
Each topic will be presented by a different lecturer, who is an expert in the research area. The lectures are intended to introduce a particular research topic, provide a short overview and stimulate your interest in this particular area. Taken as a whole, the module gives a (necessarily partial and incompete) idea of the breadth of the research interests and expertise within the Department and should thus help you discover the supervisory capacity that is available to you.
Module aims
The aims of this module are to provide a snapshot of the frontiers of statistical inference research in a broad range of different areas, thus giving the students an awareness of the nature, breadth and current limitations of statistics research.
Outline syllabus
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
Each lecturer will choose a particular topic that links in with their research interests and expertise, give some background and give an overview of the state of the art in the area. Each topic will have a separate lecturer who will be an expert in the research area.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
 Understand tools and techniques used in modern research in probability and mathematical finance
 By the end of the course students should be able to understand how to apply Statistical tools in various applied problems.
 By the end of the course students should be able to compare the potency of different statistical approaches.
 Understand some of the current research ideas in Statistics
Research element
The topics are on typically about the research frontier. Students will be asked to write short essays that could be considered a first introduction into research in these areas. They will also give a short research presentation on one topic. All of these topics are selected from the areas presented by the lecturers in the module, and are chosen by the students.
Subject specific skills
Having a thorough understanding of the principles of Statistical analysis and Probability.
Transferable skills
Being able to use Statistics and Probability in a variety of applied contexts.
Study time
Type  Required 

Lectures  27 sessions of 1 hour (18%) 
Private study  123 hours (82%) 
Total  150 hours 
Private study description
Weekly revision of lecture notes and materials, wider reading, practice exercises and preparing for examination.
Costs
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group A1
Weighting  Study time  

Oral examination  50%  
The oral examination will take the form of a short (1520 minutes) presentation on a topic of your choice, followed by questions. This will take place during term 3. 

Coursework  50%  
The coursework component will be assessed in the form of THREE short essays, each of which should be a maximum of 5 pages. 
Feedback on assessment
Written feedback will be provided for the problem sets and oral examination within 20 working days.
Courses
This module is Core optional for:
 Year 1 of RSTAG4P0 Postgraduate Research Statistics

TMAAG3G2 Postgraduate Taught Mathematics and Statistics
 Year 1 of G3G2 Mathematics and Statistics
 Year 1 of G3G2 Mathematics and Statistics
This module is Optional for:
 Year 1 of TMAAG1P9 Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Mathematics
 Year 1 of TMAAG1PD Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)
 Year 1 of TMAAG1P0 Postgraduate Taught Mathematics
 Year 1 of TMAAG1PC Postgraduate Taught Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)
 Year 1 of TSTAG4P1 Postgraduate Taught Statistics
This module is Option list A for:
 Year 1 of RMAAG1PG Postgraduate Research Mathematics of Systems
This module is Option list B for:
 Year 1 of TMAAG1P9 Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Mathematics
 Year 1 of TMAAG1P0 Postgraduate Taught Mathematics
This module is Option list C for:

TMAAG1PD Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)
 Year 1 of G1PD Interdisciplinary Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)
 Year 2 of G1PD Interdisciplinary Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)

TMAAG1PC Postgraduate Taught Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)
 Year 1 of G1PC Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)
 Year 2 of G1PC Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)