Frequently Asked Questions

Answer your queries about the STOR-i CDT and the STOR-i programme with our most Frequently Asked Questions.

Before the programme begins:


  • Where is the STOR-i CDT based?

    We are located at Lancaster University in the north-west of England. Lancaster University is one of an elite group of top universities in the UK, with a strong academic and research portfolio. The STOR-i building is situated centrally on the Lancaster University campus. 

  • What are the academic backgrounds of previous and current STOR-i students?

    Previous and current STOR-i students come from a variety of academic backgrounds. STOR-i welcomes applications from students with outstanding academic achievement in a quantitative area from a range of undergraduate degrees including mathematics, physics, engineering, computing and management science. Find out more about our current students.

  • What qualifications do I need for this programme?

    We are looking for outstanding students and applicants typically should hold or expect to hold a first class honours degree, or its equivalent, in an undergraduate course with substantial mathematical content. Visit our application pages for further details about our requirements for the STOR-i programme.

  • Can I get funding?

    Yes, although eligibility depends on your personal circumstances. Funding for students is governed by EPSRC funding conditions. Therefore, if you meet the eligibility criteria, STOR-i can offer you significantly enhanced funding which compares favourably to graduate salaries. You can receive up to 50% more funding than most PhDs offer. Visit our application pages for further details about further funding details.

  • I am a non-EU student. Can I apply to the programme?

    We welcome applications from self-funding overseas (non-EU) students. Visit our application pages for further details about applying to the programme.

  • How do I apply?

    If you meet the requirements for the STOR-i programme and would like to proceed with the application process, visit our application pages for further details.

  • Is there an opportunity to meet with people from STOR-i to find out more?

    Yes, we offer opportunities to meet our friendly and knowledgeable team. We run open days, both at the STOR-i CDT base in Lancaster University and at road show events located around the UK. See the events page for details of upcoming events. If you cannot attend a STOR-i recruitment event please contact us to arrange an alternative option.

  • Can I visit the STOR-i CDT?

    If you are eligible for the programme and interested in becoming part of the team, we will invite you to visit on an official open day where you can find out more about the opportunities that STOR-i has to offer. During this visit, you will meet the STOR-i team, explore the STOR-i facilities and working environment and see the Lancaster University campus. On some open days we will also conduct formal interviews subject to prior arrangement with applicants. We believe it is important to visit the STOR-i CDT if you are able to do so.

  • Where can I find general postgraduate information for studying at Lancaster University?

    The Lancaster University Postgraduate website is an excellent source of information on a variety of topics including accommodation, campus study facilities, travel information and disability support. 

    The Lancaster University main website also gives some useful information about student life at Lancaster including University clubs and societies and a virtual tour of various locations on campus.

During the STOR-i programme:


  • What do I learn in the first year?

    The first year Masters of Research (MRes) gives you a strong grounding in key STOR methodologies, so you will be ready to tackle the three PhD years of the STOR-i programme. A range of aspects including taught courses and collaborative group will develop your experience of STOR techniques. Through your Personalised Development Pathway, you will additionally develop transferable skills such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving. 

  • Where will I live for the duration of the programme?

    There are two main accommodation options. You can choose a relaxed setting on the Lancaster University campus in Graduate College. This is a 5-10 minute walk to STOR-i. You may prefer to live off-campus in the nearby historic city of Lancaster or one of the surrounding towns or villages. Lancaster is a 10-15 minute drive from Lancaster University campus.

    Visit the Lancaster University Postgraduate website to find out more about the range of accommodation options available. 

  • Are there some examples of the research that takes place at STOR-i?

    Visit the Research pages to find out more about research currently taking place at STOR-i.

  • Who will be my PhD supervisor?

    Over the course of the first year MRes, you will have the benefit of exploring important research areas. There will be a range of PhD topics available at the end of your MRes, which have different supervisors attached to them, in their own areas of expertise. Find out more about the academic team who make up a section of the supervisory positions at STOR-i.

  • Will I have the chance to work off-site from the STOR-i CDT with industrial partners?

    Yes and this is a unique and exciting feature of the STOR-i programme. It will give you the opportunity to visit industrial partners’ offices in the UK, sometimes for extended timescales. You will have the chance to see first-hand how researchers work in an industrial setting. This will help you to develop important skills such as effective communication with team members outside of the STOR discipline and build a useful network for future opportunities.

After the STOR-i programme:


Our FAQ section is intended to answer most questions a prospective student might have. However, if you would like to talk about your own circumstances or have additional questions then please contact us.