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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 2022 are now open.

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

If you do not feel you quite have the experience to apply for SAMBa directly, you may want to consider our Pathway to Research scheme which will give you research and training experience, and can provide a £10,000 bursary.

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 course code is: RDUMA-FP06.

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

Application deadlines

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.

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.


Two references are required when a formal application is submitted. At least one of these should be an academic reference from the most recent place of study.

Fees and funding


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status


Fully funded 4-year studentships are available for SAMBa offer holders.

A studentship covers:

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

Find out more about funding for doctoral students

Find out about paying your tuition fees

Programme structure

The SAMBa course is designed around a 4-year full-time programme of study, starting in September each year, 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.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students or developments in research. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor, Director of Studies and the SAMBa management team.

Academic milestones

  1. Registration
  2. Induction
  3. Candidature
  4. Confirmation
  5. Research
  6. Writing up
  7. Give notice of intention to submit a thesis / portfolio
  8. Submission for examination
  9. Examination (Viva Voce)
  10. Examiners report
  11. Final submission of thesis / portfolio
  12. Graduation


Assessment methods

  • Written examinations
  • Coursework
  • Group projects
  • Oral assessment
  • Participation
  • Thesis

Assessment description

During the first year of the integrated PhD, students complete work which leads to the award of an MRes qualification (formally awarded on completion of the PhD). The taught elements of the MRes year include units that are assessed using coursework and examinations (both oral and written). Students are required to reach a pass mark of 60% in order to progress onto their research phase.

During years 2-4, students carry out supervised research in their chosen subject which must then be written up as a substantial thesis. The confirmation of the PhD programme is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination. This usually takes place 12 months after the start of the research phase.

The final stage of the PhD is submission of the thesis and the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.


If you have any questions, please contact us.