Applications for entry in 2019 are now open

Please apply before Monday 4 February. Our interview day will be on Wednesday 27 February.

The MPE CDT recruits students with the potential to make a contribution in mathematical and/or computational modelling and have a wide reaching impact in atmospheric or oceanic science regardless of their gender, ethnicity, age, caring responsibilities, physical disabilities or previous opportunities in life. Please let us know in your application if you think that a lack of previous opportunities has adversely affected your achievements to date. See the Equality and Diversity page for more details.

Prospective candidates are welcome to visit the MPE CDT on the MPE Wednesdays when there will be an opportunity to:

  • Meet MPE CDT staff who will be able to advise on available studentships and the MPE CDT Programme.
  • Meet current MPE CDT students.
  • Participate in one of the MPE CDT flagship training activities (MPE Wednesdays).

If you wish to register for this activity, please contact us at to arrange a date.

Who should apply?

We would like to receive applications from the EU and UK from those who have (or expect to receive) a first class degree in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, engineering, or closely related subject (or equivalent from other countries, see No prior knowledge of environmental science is required.

The programme is normally intended for full-time study. However, we welcome requests for flexible arrangements including part-time study when there are special circumstances, such as parental or other caring responsibilities, or a disability. Such arrangements will be discussed and agreed after an offer is made for a place on the course.


See funding page for details.

How to apply

Go to to apply for a place at Imperial College or the University of Reading.

Online application

The online application procedure will ask you for:

  • Personal information (sensitive information is not shared with the MPE CDT admissions team).
  • Details of previous study. We pay particular attention to projects and research experience.
  • Details of previous employment (this is not a prerequisite).
  • Contact details of two referees (who should have knowledge of your mathematical ability).
  • Academic transcripts and certificates. If you do not have transcripts yet please upload a copy of any official or unofficial documentation that you have regarding university examinations results, coursework and/or project marks. No need for official translations at this stage.
  • We do not expect students to have external funding but our funding is limited so let us know if you have any other sources of funding. We do not have funding for applicants from outside the EU.
  • A Statement of Purpose. This should describe:
    • Your mathematical and/or computational modelling interests.
    • Aspects of the planet earth theme that particularly interest you.
    • Aspects of the MPE CDT programme that particularly interest you
      (If you enter text on the screen, please adhere to less than 500 words. Alternatively, you can upload a pdf file that should be a maximum of one page with at least 12 point font and 2cm margins. This statement will be used in selecting candidates for interview so you are advised to prepare this carefully).

Applications will be reviewed by MPE CDT staff at both the University of Reading and Imperial College London.

Additional supporting information

You will also be asked to provide an additional supporting document. This should be a pdf file including the following information:

  • Where you heard about the MPE CDT.
  • If you have a preference for being based at Imperial College or the University of Reading and why. (Your preference will not influence the decision on whether to invite you for interview and you can change this preference after your interview.)
  • Please also tell us if you would like to be considered for any special studentships (see for details of such studentships).

English proficiency

Before the start of the programme you will need to satisfy the English language requirements for both Imperial College and the University of Reading:

Please email with have any informal queries.

Next Steps

Selected applicants will be invited for interview . Those who are successful at interview will be offered a place on the four year programme; the offer will specify whether the offered place is to be based at the University of Reading or Imperial College. Note that the MRes is jointly awarded by the two institutions.

Please note decisions regarding international students will be made after this date.

Offers may have conditions attached (eg degree results, language requirements).

Successful candidates will need to complete the formal Imperial College admissions process before the start of the programme.

Subject to sufficient progress on the MRes, a student’s interests will be matched with PhD supervisors and the student will be re-registered as a PhD student at the location where their MRes studies were based.

The programme commences with a two-week residential kick-off camp in September 2019 in Reading. Students who accept a place need to ensure they are available to attend.