How to apply to PhD Computational Statistics and Data Science
Application Deadline and Entry Requirements
All applicants are considered on an equal basis in line with the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy.
We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, to join us.
Applications for 2023/24 Entry
The University of Bristol online application system is open. Next application deadline for 2023 funded places is Wednesday, 4 January 2023, 5pm (London, UK Time zone). Early application is advised.
Future deadlines will be posted as they are confirmed.
Please refer to instructions below 'How to Apply to PhD Compass' for information on how to view PhD projects offered for 2023 entry and how to indicate your preference during the application.
Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) or master's degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science or another highly numerate subject such as economics, epidemiology or physics. We welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications who can demonstrate knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace, or elsewhere, relevant to the programme of study. Please use your personal statement to provide further details. Non-standard applications will be considered by the Admissions Tutor(s) for the programme on a case by case basis.
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How to Apply to PhD Computational Statistics and Data Science (Compass CDT)
We use an online application system (PG EVA) for our postgraduate programmes and we recommend you review the general guidance on completing an online application before applying to our programme - PhD Computational Statistics and Data Science.
For 2023/34 entry, applicants must review the projects on offer. The projects are listed in the research section of our website along with a pdf of the full project proposal. You can also click the academic supervisor web profiles for full details of their research and publications. Please provide a Research Statement in your application documents with a ranked list of 3 projects of interest to you: 1 being the project of highest interest. Project supervisors will be happy to provide more details.
Applicants are also welcome to discuss their own individual ideas for a PhD project with any of the academic supervisors listed below. Applicants can contact them by email if they wish. Contact details are listed in the supervisors web profiles.
PhD Project Allocation Process
Application forms will be reviewed based on the 3 ranked projects specified. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the Compass admissions tutors and the specific project supervisor. The interview process will include a tour round the School of Mathematics Fry Building and an opportunity to meet current students. If you are made an offer of PhD study it will be published through the PG EVA system. You will then have 2 weeks to consider the offer before deciding whether to accept or decline.
All applications must include a personal statement (minimum one A4 page). Your statement should
- explain your motivation for applying to the programme, the specific project and how it relates to your plans for the future
- explain why you should be offered a place on the programme, highlight elements of your academic record which align with the theme of the programme and chosen project, such as university project work or courses you have taken
- highlight any other relevant skills or experience
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
CVs should be included with details of other relevant work experience and qualifications to support your application. Please do not include any school (pre-university) certificates, unless otherwise specified above.
You should provide a complete list of all courses and marks from your university in your application, in an easy to read format (low resolution scanned documents may not be legible). This should be an official document provided by your university.
You should nominate two academic referees, at least one from your most recent studies. Make sure the people you nominate to write your references have up-to-date knowledge of your experience. If you are currently studying and have not yet completed your degree, include a referee who can comment on your predicted grade.
Applicants whose first language is not English, and whose full undergraduate degree was not taught in an English-speaking country, must hold/achieve a minimum score in an approved English language test as specified in Profile B
You do not need to have reached the required level of English language before submitting an application, but an English language test must be submitted with the application for review. If necessary, English language will be included as a condition of offer.
We strongly encourage applicants to provide a statement (up to one A4 page) of their research interests, and how they relate to the supervisor(s) and projects that they have proposed. The primary purpose is to provide evidence of enthusiasm and academic maturity. It is expected that students adapt their project area during their first year, in collaboration with their supervisor.
At application stage, you should identify:
1.The project(s) you are interested in from the list provided or an individual research proposal that you intend to address;
2.The research context for your project/programme of work;
3.The methods you think you would use to pursue the key questions.
Try to avoid generic projects that extend course/textbook content, and ensure that there is a computational statistics component, broadly interpreted. It is important to map your interests to the project or supervisor you would like to work with.
Opportunities to Visit Compass
If you would like to visit us at Compass CDT and view the Fry Building and facilities please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org