Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find Frequently Asked Questions about the STOR-i CDT and the STOR-i programme.

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 and with a quantitative background from a range of undergraduate degrees, for example, physics, engineering, computing, management science. Click here to see the backgrounds of current students.

What are the opportunities when I have completed the STOR-i programme?
On successful completion of the STOR-i programme you will be part of a new generation of highly employable researchers equipped with the skills required for effective careers in academia or industry. 

Where is the STOR-i CDT based?
The STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training is located at Lancaster University in the north west of England. The STOR-i building is situated centrally on the Lancaster University campus. Click here to find out more about the location of STOR-i. 

I am a non-EU student. Can I apply to the programme?
We welcome applications from self-funding overseas (non-EU) students. Click here for further details about applying to the programme. 

Are there some examples of the research that takes place at STOR-i?
Click here to 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 and experience of working with a range of possible supervisors. Click here to see the academic team who make up a section of the supervisory positions at STOR-i. 

What are the destinations of previous students who have completed a PhD with industrial applications at Lancaster?
Many recent PhD students from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Management Science Department have gone on to work in leading UK industries such as Shell and Man Investments. Others have progressed to academic positions within UK and international universities. Click here for more details of recent alumni. 

What do I learn in the first year?
The first year Masters of Research (MRes) is designed to give you a strong grounding in key STOR methodologies so that you will be ready to tackle the final three years of the STOR-i programme. You will learn and develop knowledge and experience of STOR techniques through a mixture of methods including taught courses and collaborative group work. Importance will also be placed on developing transferable skills such as team work, communication and problem-solving. Click here to see details of the first year. 

What qualifications do I need for this programme?
Applicants typically should hold or expect to hold a first class honours degree, or its equivalent, in an undergraduate course with a substantial mathematical content. Click here for further details about suitability for the STOR-i programme.

How do I apply?
If you meet the requirements for the STOR-i programme and would like to proceed with the application process, click here for further details. 

Is there an opportunity to meet with people from STOR-i to find out more?
Yes. We run a number of open days, both at Lancaster University, where the STOR-i CDT is based, and road show events at various locations around the UK. See the events page for details of upcoming events. If you cannot attend any of the STOR-i recruitment events please contact us to arrange an alternative option. 

Where will I stay for the duration of the programme?
There are two accommodation options: 

  • Lancaster University offers a relaxed campus setting with excellent graduate accommodation in Graduate College situated at the south-west of campus.  
  • You may choose to live off-campus in the nearby historic city of Lancaster or one of the surrounding towns or villages. 

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

Where can I find general information for postgraduate students 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. Click here to open the LU Postgraduate website in a pop-up window. 

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. Click here to open the LU homepage in a pop-up window. 

Will I have the chance to work off-site from the STOR-i CDT with industrial partners?
Yes. This unique and exciting feature of the STOR-i programme will give you the opportunity to visit industrial partners’ offices in the UK, sometimes for extended periods of time. The benefits of this are that you will have the chance to see how research teams work in industrial settings, as well as being an integral part of this team. This will help you to develop important skills such as effective communication with team members outside of the STOR discipline.   

Can I get funding?
Our funding is governed by EPSRC funding conditions so this will entirely depend on your personal circumstances. If you meet the eligibility criteria, STOR-i can offer significantly enhanced funding which compares favourably to graduate salaries. Click here for further funding details. 
Can I visit the STOR-i CDT? 
If you are eligible to apply for the programme (click here to find out) and you are interested in becoming part of the team, we believe that it is very important that you visit the STOR-i CDT. If you are eligible for the STOR-i programme, the usual step is to invite you to visit on an official open day where you can find out more about the opportunities that STOR-i has to offer, meet the STOR-i team and explore the Lancaster University campus. On some open days we will also conduct formal interviews subject to prior arrangement with applicants. 

If you cannot find the answer to your question here on the FAQ page please contact us.