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.

Application Deadline

Applications - September 2022 - NOW OPEN 

Please use the 'Apply' pages for details on how to apply. Our next submission date for admission to a fully funded CDT place will be 16th March 2022.

The deadline for international applicants has passed; however you can still apply and be considered in the event that a place becomes available. Please make sure to submit your application before 16th March. 

Why choose Compass?

Compass CDT offers the opportunity to join a vibrant student community, while undertaking interdisciplinary research and developing the skills and experience to further a career in data science. Find out more about what it means to be a part of the Compass programme from our students and the opportunities the programme offers here

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Virtual event: Funded PhDs in Data Science, AI & Digital Health

Interested in a funded PhD in one of the following areas: Data Science, Interactive AI or Digital Health and Care?

Applications for 2022/23 are open. We are holding a Virtual Open Day on 2 February 2022 (2-3.30pm) where you can discover more about the funded opportunities offered by EPSRC CDT Computational Statistics and Data ScienceEPSRC CDT Digital Health and Care, and UKRI CDT Interactive AI

To attend, please register here by 9am on 31 January 2022. 

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PAI Link

The Postgraduate in Artificial Intelligence Link (PAI-Link) brings together PhD students in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Data Science across the country. Discover more here


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In order to address some of the complex challenges in developing and supporting methods for the efficient production of official statistics, it is important to attract people with the unique skills, interest and experience that is provided through the rigorous study provided by doctoral research training.

Duncan Elliott, Principal Methodologist, Office for National Statistics

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