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  

We are currently not accepting new applications. Please email compass-cdt@bristol.ac.uk to register your interest and be notified in case new scholarship funded places become available for September 2022.     

The deadline for international applicants has passed. Applications for international funded spaces will open again in October 2022. 

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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Access to Data Science Event

When: Monday, 12 September 2022

Where: School of Mathematics, Fry Building, Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1UG

Application deadline: Friday 15 July 2022, 23:59

Access to Data Science provides an immersive experience for prospective PhD studentsThis fully-funded, one-day event will be hosted by Compass academics and PhD students in the Fry BuildingAs part of this event, you’ll be invited to attend seminars and guest lectures, take part in a data workshophave exclusive access to an application writing workshop, and work with the current Compass students

We welcome applications from across the UK. 

For more information and to register, please visit the event page on our website. 

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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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