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EPSRC PhD in Computational Statistics and Data Science

EPSRC PhD in Computational Statistics and Data Science

A 4-year PhD training programme in the statistical and computational techniques of data science, with partners from across the University of Bristol, industry and government agencies.

This bespoke four-year PhD programme enables students to develop their knowledge and capability to pursue a cross-disciplinary PhD programme, under the supervision of internationally leading researchers, in a sector with a recognised skills gap.

The cross-disciplinary programme offers exciting collaborations across medicine, computer science, geography, economics, life, and earth sciences, as well as with our external partners who range from government organisations such as the Office for National Statistics, GCHQ and the AWE, to industrial partners such as LV, Improbable, and EDF.

Students are co-located with the Institute for Statistical Science in the School of Mathematics, which occupies the Fry Building, a historic building which has undergone a £35 million refurbishment.

The School of Mathematics was ranked in the most recent national research assessment exercise REF2021 4th in the UK. Overall, the University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK, with a remarkable 94% of its research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Find out more about the University’s REF 2021 results.

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A COMPASS studentship provides four years of tuition fees at the UK student rate, a tax-free stipend of £21,668 per year (plus inflation) for living expenses and a travel allowance to support research related activities. We will be announcing the number of fully funded studentships available for September 2023 on our website as soon as details have been finalised. For excellent International/ EU candidates, the CDT may choose to provide open eligibility for up to 30% of the students starting in an academic year. To be considered please apply as early as possible.

EPSRC PhD in Computational Statistics and Data Science


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.

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. 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.

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 online application system. You will then have 2 weeks to consider the offer before deciding whether to accept or decline.

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.

To find out more about the application process, entry requirements, application dates and how to apply, visit here. If you have questions regarding the programme or the application process, please contact the Admissions Team on

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