Apply to SAMBa

You can apply to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics from 1 October each year. We recommend that you apply early as we have a limited number of places.

Applications to join SAMBa in 2024 will open on 1 October 2023

Expression of interest

To find out if your application is likely to result in an interview, and to speed up the process, please send an expression of interest to the Centre Coordinator, Lou Adkin,  by emailing:

Your expression of interest should include:

  • a short statement (250 words) explaining your motivation for applying to SAMBa
  • a 2-page CV which includes your academic and work experience, your nationality and country of residence (for the past three years, not including full-time education)
  • scans of your academic transcript(s)
  • information on where you heard about SAMBa

To apply formally to SAMBa, follow the process through our Doctoral College.

The course code is: RDUMA-FP06.

The formal application will be reviewed and selected candidates will be invited to an interview, after which a final admission decision is made.


Applications open from 1 October each year and close when we have a full cohort. We recommend that you apply early as we have a limited number of places which are usually filled by March. Applications received after mid-February will only be considered if we have places available.

We hold regular interviews, and a successful application should result in an invitation to interview within two weeks.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive both:

  • A first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in mathematics, or with substantial mathematical content
  • Research or professional experience (e.g. Masters’ project, a degree with placement year, work experience in a graduate role)

Although it is not a strict requirement, most applicants will have completed a master’s-level qualification in a mathematical subject. Contact the SAMBa team at if you are unsure about your eligibility and would like to discuss your potential application.

English requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.


Two references are required when a formal application is submitted. At least one of these should be an academic reference from the most recent place of study.

Fees and funding


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status paying your tuition fees

Fully funded 4-year studentships are available for SAMBa offer holders.

A studentship covers:

  • University fees
  • payment of a tax-free stipend
  • all SAMBa activities
  • office space and computing facilities
funding for doctoral students

Find out more about the SAMBa programme and student experience

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When should I apply?

You can apply to SAMBa from 1 October each year. We recommend that you apply early as we have limited places and review expressions of interest and applications on a rolling basis as they are submitted. Our places are usually filled by March so applications received after mid-February will only be considered if spaces are available.

What happens after I submit an Expression of Interest?

The SAMBa management team will review your documents and we will aim to contact you within 2 weeks to let you know whether we recommend that you submit a formal application and whether we would like to interview you.

What happens after I submit my formal application?

A formal application is submitted on the University’s online application form via the Doctoral College and will be forwarded to the SAMBa Executive team for consideration. The SAMBa Centre Coordinator will aim to contact you within 2 weeks to let you know whether you are being invited to interview or not.

How will you know if I have access requirements or would like to request adjustments for the interview?

When we contact you to offer you an interview, we will ask whether you have any accessibility requirements or would like to ask for adjustments to be made. Please let us know if there is anything we need to be aware of in terms of the access you need or if there are adjustments we can make to enable you to participate fully in the interview day.

What happens at a SAMBa interview?

On the day of the interview, you will meet some SAMBa students who will give you a tour of the campus and have lunch with you. They will talk to you about their experiences of SAMBa and you will have the opportunity to ask them questions. Prior to your interview, you will be given a short presentation about SAMBa from one of the SAMBa Co-Directors.

During your interview, there will be three members of the SAMBa Executive team on the panel, at least one of whom will be a Co-Director of SAMBa. The interview will last for around 30 minutes and the questions will mostly be around getting to know you better, i.e. about your background and your experiences, interests and motivation for why you want to join SAMBa. We’ll ask you some questions about the courses you’ve taken and your research projects, and will also ask you about the area of research you are interested in working in and whether there is anyone in the Department that you would like to work with. There will be time available at the end of the interview for you to ask questions.

What should I do if I am interested in working with a specific academic(s)

We would recommend that you contact the academic(s) by email or telephone prior to your interview to ask whether it would be possible to meet them whilst you are on campus during your interview day.

How do I get the most out of a SAMBa interview?

Where possible, we strongly encourage you to attend your interview in person. This will enable you to visit the campus and buildings and meet with current students. Do let us know if you have any accessibility or dietary requirements and if there is any additional support you may need. In terms of preparation, we suggest that you look at our website and read the Introduction to SAMBa booklet that will have been sent to you before the interview. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the staff and students you meet so do give some thought to what you would like to know.

What happens after a SAMBa interview?

Based on your application, supporting documents and interview, the SAMBa Executive will decide whether you will be offered a place. There are three possible outcomes – you will be offered a place, you will be placed on a reserve list or you will not be offered a place. A member of the interview panel will contact you by email to confirm whether you have been offered a place, and, if you haven’t, will let you know why. You will also receive a formal offer from the Doctoral College. Once this has been released (it may take a week or so), you will get notification via the Doctoral College Application Tracker. If you are offered a place, we ask you to email us directly to confirm whether you are accepting it, as well as accepting your offer via the Application Tracker.

What happens if I accept my offer?

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be part of the SAMBa student cohort, and you will receive invites to various events and activities before starting in September. We will also assign you a first year supervisor and put you in touch with an existing SAMBa student who will act as a mentor and help you to settle in.


Please get in touch with us if you have
any questions about the programme

Lou Adkin, Centre Coordinator