48 months
24600 GBP/year
4565 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Statistics and Data Science (COMPASS) is a four-year PhD training programme that addresses the pressing need, in the UK and internationally, for doctoral graduates who are able to combine fluency in both statistical and computational methods. The Computational Statistics and Data Science: COMPASS programme is offered by University of Bristol.

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The core of COMPASS is the Institute for Statistical Science in the School of Mathematics, integrated with internal partners from across the University and external partners from industry and government. Our team of PhD supervisors incorporates world-leading statisticians and data scientists, and experts from the Faculties of Health Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Law and Life Sciences.


COMPASS is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career and enable you to make crucial contributions to health, productivity, connectivity and resilience in the UK and further afield. Doctoral graduates in statistics and data science are increasingly sought after across academia and all sectors of industry.

The Computational Statistics and Data Science: COMPASS programme is offered by University of Bristol .

Programme Structure


  • The COMPASS CDT is a four-year programme. In year one, you are required to complete six mandatory taught Level M units. These are delivered through lectures, workshops, laboratories and guided self-study, and include peer-supported learning and group work.
  • PhD projects and supervisors are matched to students during the first nine months and proposals are developed through the summer of the first year. You will progress to the PhD on successful completion of 120 credit points of taught units, typically transitioning to full-time research from October in your second year. Students typically submit their PhD research thesis by the end of year four.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree or master’s degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics, statistics, computer science or another highly numerate subject, such as economics, epidemiology or physics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24600 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4565 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4565 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Computational Statistics and Data Science: COMPASS
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