Apply to SAMBa

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

We are now accepting applications to join SAMBa in 2024

Funded PhDs

SAMBa is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training offering around 10 fully-funded studentships starting in October each year.

If you have any queries about the SAMBa programme and the application process, please contact the Centre Coordinator, Lou Adkin by emailing:



To apply to SAMBa, follow the process through the University of Bath Doctoral College.

The course title is Integrated PhD in Statistical Applied Mathematics and the course code is: RDUMA-FP07.

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

Application guidance

Please read through all the information on our programme pages before applying to SAMBa. When you are ready to apply, follow this guidance as you complete the online form.

Finance If you would like to apply for a fully-funded SAMBa place, please mark ‘yes’ against ‘do you wish to be considered for a University Scholarship?’.

Your research interests Where you are asked to enter statement or proposal, please include:

  • 250 words explaining your motivation for applying to the SAMBa programme
  • information on where you heard about SAMBa.

Where you are asked to enter Name of intended supervisor(s) at University of Bath please note:

  • You do not need to name individual supervisors, please write SAMBa in this box
  • if you are interested in any of the industry co-designed projects outlined on the Programme page, please list it here.

If you have any queries about filling in the application form, please contact the Centre Coordinator, Lou Adkin by emailing:


We are open for applications for entry in September 2024. There is currently no formal deadline, but you are encouraged to apply early as we have limited places available.

Entry requirements

Successful applicants normally 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

Although it is not a 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.

You may find it useful to look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the bottom of this page.

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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Am I eligible to apply?

Successful applicants normally hold, or expect to receive, a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in mathematics or a subject with substantial mathematical content. They also normally have research or professional experience (e.g. a Master's project, a degree with placement year, work experience in a graduate role), and many have a master's level qualification in a mathematical subject. We value candidates who bring experience from a range of backgrounds, and we will also consider candidates who can demonstrate strong mathematical research skills acquired though non-traditional routes. If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to apply and would like to discuss your potential application, please email us on

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 available.

What happens after I submit my 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, Lou Adkin, will aim to contact you within 2 weeks of your application 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 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. 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