How to apply to Compass CDT

Application Deadline and Entry Requirements

New opportunity: Compass and in collaboration with AstraZeneca are recruiting to a fully funded PhD project

Compass in collaboration with AstraZeneca are recruiting to a fully funded PhD project for September 2021: Novel semi-supervised Bayesian learning to rapidly screen new oligonucleotide drugs for impurities.

This opportunity is open to UK, EU, and international students. 

Application Deadline is 5.00pm Friday 18 June 2021. Please quote ‘Compass/ AstraZeneca’ in the funding section of the application form and in your Personal Statement to ensure your application is reviewed correctly. Please follow the Compass application guidance below. 

Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 12 July.  

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) or master's degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science or another highly numerate subject such as economics, epidemiology or physics. We welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications who can demonstrate knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace, or elsewhere, relevant to the programme of study. Please use your personal statement to provide further details.   Non-standard applications will be considered by the Admissions Tutor(s) for the programme on a case by case basis.

If have a query about the eligibility criteria please get in touch

We use an online application system (Apply Yourself) for our postgraduate programmes and we recommend you review the general guidance on completing an online application.

You are strongly advised to submit as much information as possible with your application, including how your research interests map onto those covered by our Compass supervisors.  Please check the research pages of this website for a list of superivors and their research interests.  This will ensure that our Admissions Tutors have a complete profile when reviewing your application. Below are some hints and tips on submitting your application to our programmes. 

Once submitted, your application is reviewed by the Admissions Tutors for suitability to the programme and document checking.  If you are successful at this first stage you will be invited for interview, along with a tour round the School of Mathematics, before a final decision is made on your application. If you are made an offer it will be published through your Apply Yourself system.  You will then have 2 weeks to consider the offer before deciding whether to accept or decline. 

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