Ph.D. On Campus

Mathematics of Information (CDT)

University of Cambridge

48 months
25758 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Research areas in the Mathematics of Information (CDT) programme from University of Cambridge range widely across the field of `data science’ including statistics and probability; applied, pure and computational analysis; and the theory and modelling of complex, dynamical and physical systems. 


Training, especially in the first year of the Mathematics of Information (CDT) programme from University of Cambridge, emphasises not only individual study but also teamwork, communication and engagement with users of mathematics. 

Students are based at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, which houses the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Statistical Laboratory, Isaac Newton Institute and Betty and Gordon Moore Library.


Students beginning the CMI PhD all have a prospective supervisor from the Faculty of Mathematics, who directs the initial research project, which forms part of the first-year programme. Often students will progress to work with the same supervisor for the PhD but the possibility remains open to switch to a new area in the course of the first year or to work on a PhD project jointly supervised in another department of the University or in industry.

Throughout their time at CMI students are also encouraged to take part in other PhD training activities, such as the graduate analysis seminar series, public engagement and transferable skills courses, designed to equip students with a range of skills, competencies, knowledge and experience necessary to thrive as a modern mathematical data scientist.

Programme Structure


During their first year students will undertake the following:

  • Core modules involving teamwork projects in various areas of the Maths of Information. These are known as CMI Core Courses.
  • Two supplementary courses are chosen from the extensive menu of Part III (MMath/MASt) and graduate courses offered by the Faculty.
  • An initial research project with their prospective supervisor. This should amount to the equivalent of about three months' solid work (spread throughout the year, taking into account other components of the course).
  • An external research project is undertaken in the Lent term. The project is selected from a range of projects offered by partner organisations, either in industry or in another University department.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Reasons for applying (1500 characters)

Tuition Fee

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    25758 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 25758 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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