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Course closed:

Data Intensive Science is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Applicants for early funding competitions, such as the Gates Cambridge US round (for US citizens resident in the US), should apply by the relevant deadline for that funding source and will be assessed separately.

All other applications will be assessed on a rolling basis from January.  Applicants should normally expect to hear whether they have been successful by the end of June.  

Please note that applications are only accepted for Michaelmas Term entry in early October 2024.


Selection Process

Applicants should normally expect to hear whether they have been successful within 6 weeks of the course submission deadline.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)
    Please provide information about your motivation for applying for this course and outline relevant experience and interests. Applicants should use this section to indicate their preferred minor topic areas if any. This selection is non-binding, and should the candidate be offered a place on the course they would be free to choose any other topics for assessment. Providing this information will ensure that their application can be forwarded to an appropriate academic for consideration.
  • Sample of work (optional)
    Applicants may submit written work. This can be a report written for your previous course, a published academic article, or another piece of writing that you feel shows your suitability for the course. Examples of numerical pipelines or coding projects candidates wish to include should be provided via links to public repositories like GitHub rather than by posting source code here.
  • Research experience (O)
    Please describe any research projects that you are currently, or have previously, undertaken.
  • Careers goals
  • Data Intensive Science - Extra Materials
    Widening Participation: We are working to improve contextualised understanding of the applications we receive. This course is piloting a mandatory supplementary application form. For more information about what the pilot aims to do and how your data will be used, please see here:

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information

10 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Department of Physics This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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