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Applying to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)

You can apply to SAMBa from 1 October each year. Apply early as the application process is competitive and we have limited places.

Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Find out more about being part of the SAMBa CDT

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 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, after which a final admission decision is made.

Deadlines for submission

Places are usually filled by March so applications received after mid-February will only be considered if spaces are available. We hold regular interviews and a successful application should result in an invitation to interview within 2 weeks.

Please note - places are now full for September 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive both:

  • A first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, or with substantial mathematical content
  • Research or professional experience (e.g. Masters’ project, a degree with placement year, work experience in a graduate role)

Although it is not a strict requirement, most applicants will have completed a master's-level qualification in a mathematical subject. Contact the SAMBa team if you are unsure about your eligibility and would like to discuss your potential application.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.


UK and other EU students

Fully funded 4-year studentships are available for all students accepted from the UK and the wider EU.

A studentship covers:

  • University fees
  • payment of a tax-free stipend
  • all SAMBa activities
  • office space and computing facilities

Non-EU students

We may be able to secure funding to support extremely high calibre non-EU students for a full studentship. If you are a non-EU student applying to SAMBa and you have your own funding, or you would like to apply for funding, please complete an application through the Doctoral College in the first instance. Make sure you include all of the information that is requested for expressions of interest.

If you are from China or Paraguay there are some specific schemes that may support your scholarship.

Part-time study

The SAMBa course is designed around a 4-year full-time programme of study, where students progress together as a cohort. Applicants are expected to be available for full-time study although a part-time option in years two to four may be available under exceptional circumstances.