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Statistical Applied Mathematics

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) offers a 4 year PhD programme, including an MRes qualification earned during the first year of training. Throughout the PhD you’ll be working at the interface of statistics with applied and computational mathematics, and delivering high quality applied and applicable research.

SAMBa offers at least 10 fully-funded studentships starting in October each year. Applications for 2023 are now open.

SAMBa has a current cohort of 85 students whose thesis topics range from problems which are industrially motivated, to more abstract problems, and which use deterministic, probabilistic, statistical and computational mathematical tools. The department of Mathematical Sciences at Bath provides an excellent research environment and the SAMBa cohort offers invaluable peer support.

The first year of SAMBa will consist of courses, projects and symposia tailored to the individual student, together with Integrative Think Tanks. ITTs are intensive, week-long events where students work in collaboration with academics and industrialists to synthesise relevant mathematical formulations for solving industrial and cross-disciplinary problems.

Each student will choose a supervisor or supervisory team and finalise a thesis proposal by the end of year 1. They will work on PhD research in years 2-4. Graduates from SAMBa will be ready to work in leading academic and industrial roles, collaborating with individuals from different backgrounds, and communicating effectively to both experts and nonexperts.

Statistical Applied Mathematics

Further details about the current programme can be found here.

To find out if your application is likely to result in an interview, and to speed up the process, please send an expression of interest to the Centre Coordinator, Lou Adkin, at

Your expression of interest should include:

  • a short statement (250 words) explaining your motivation for applying to SAMBa
  • a 2-page CV which includes your academic and work experience, your nationality and country of residence (for the past three years, not including full-time education)
  • scans of your academic transcript(s)
  • information on where you heard about SAMBa

To apply formally to SAMBa, follow the process through our Doctoral College.

The formal application will be reviewed and selected candidates will be invited to an interview (currently online), after which a final admission decision is made.

All applications will be reviewed rapidly and promising applicants will be invited to an interview at Bath. Successful applicants will hold, or will be expecting, a first or high upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, or in a subject with substantial mathematical content. We are passionate about maintaining a diverse cohort of PhD candidates in SAMBa and believe a variety of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds is an essential component in delivering a more inclusive, supportive, and creative environment for all.

More details are available on our website.

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