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 is 12.00 Noon on 7 January 2022

Compass CDT is also recruiting to the fully-funded PhD Project on Developing methods for model selection in causal health analyses. The student will benefit from cross-institutional supervision, with access to seminars and events within Bristol and Cardiff. This project is open to UK/ Home fees students only. Application deadline: 5pm on 7 January 2022.  

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Virtual event: Applicant Q&A for 2022/23 entry (13 December, 1-2pm)

Thinking of a PhD in data science?

Applications for our 2022/23 cohort of PhD Computational Statistics and Data Science are open. We are holding a Virtual Q&A session with the Director and Co-Director of the CDT on Monday, 13 December2021, 1-2pm.

To attend, please register 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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