Financial Computing and Data Science

How to apply

Applications for the PhD programme are supported with advice and assistance from the Centre manager, wherever possible and the Centre Director.

You must follow the steps below to complete the application process.

Step 1: Register

Register with us if you are interested in applying for the PhD programme.

You will be asked to supply detailed information when registering, e.g. research interests and current CV. Completing this fully will increase the speed of response from the PhD Centre and enable us to advise on the most appropriate departments for you to apply to.

The details you supply are held confidentially and will only be seen by staff at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing & Data Science.

In addition to this please Email us -  send in a single email a copy of your CV and a short (½ page) Research Statement. This is useful in helping you find a UCL Supervisor.

Step 2: Finding an Academic supervisor                    We recommend strongly finding a PhD Supervisor before applying formally through the UCL website. You can look at departmental websites, but we are happy to recommend academics for you to contact.

Step 3: Apply for a place

Once you have a Supervisor, visit the UCL website ( and complete the online application listing your target UCL department and Supervisor. For funding, state our CDT. You will also need three reference letters, which can come from your former university and any company for which you have worked.

Applicants choose to apply for a place at UCL, in departments including:

  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Psychology

Step 4: Offers & enrolment

Successful applicants are sent a formal offer letter from UCL and a studentship offer letter from the centre, when a scholarship is arranged and agreed.

Upon signing the offer letters the student commits to the programme. The official offer letter is sent by the university and when this is returned, the enrolment process begins, usually in the last week of September.


We will be pleased to advise you on the application process, fine-tuning your research project, and help you find a Supervisor and Industry partner.  We are happy to meet, or speak to you on Skype or the telephone, to give advice on your research topic, possible Supervisors and companies, and answer any questions on the application process.

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