Research degrees

With the support and expertise of well-respected academics, and a rich, innovative environment in which to study, postgraduate research students in the Mathematical Sciences department have one task; to further the development of mathematics and its applications through cutting-edge research.

The Department tackles a wide variety of research problems, covering specialist topics across the broad spectrum of mathematics.

To find out more about the research themes within the Department, and the opportunities available, click the links below.

Next steps

If you are interested in joining our team of PhD researchers you can find details of current funded and unfunded opportunities, along with instructions on how to apply, in the prospectus (below). Alternatively, if you prefer, you can browse our research pages to see the areas of research we are involved with. You can then enquire directly to a particular member of staff and they will be happy to help you develop your research proposal. We also recommend you visit the Department to see our facilities and to meet our academic staff and research students.

EPSRC funded PhD studentships 2021-22

Applications are invited for three EPSRC funded PhD studentships. This funding is part of the £300 million in additional funding for mathematical sciences announced by the Government on 27 January 2020. Our prime objective is to attract the strongest applicants by offering them a broad variety of research topics, of both pure and applied nature. The duration of studentships offered through this scheme will be 4 years full time equivalent. Allocation of studentships will be coordinated by a Departmental panel, with academic excellence of a doctoral candidate as the primary criterion. We plan the first studentships to commence in October 2021. The Department is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion policy.

Application procedure: 

  • Step 1:  Select a suitable research project from the list below (you are welcome to contact the project supervisors for more detail).
  • Step 2: Submit an online application form Please indicate which project you are applying for. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.
  • Step 3: After the deadline, the Departmental panel shortlists strongest candidates. This will be done in consultation with the project supervisors. The panel will ensure a fair and rigorous selection process. Interviews will be arranged as necessary.
PhD project descriptions

Research opportunities in the online prospectus

Find out more about our unfunded and funded PhD degrees in the online prospectus.

  • Unfunded degress are existing projects which have already had a topic and supervisor allocated, but which require you to provide your own funding.
  • Funded PhD degrees are funded studentship opportunities within the Department of Mathematical Sciences.
Research opportunities in the prospectus Online PhD application form

What you can expect

An active and diverse research community

Be part of an international department engaged in wide-ranging research with impact.

Outstanding facilities and resources

Enjoy the exceptional sports and campus facilities our single-site campus has to offer.

Support and collaboration

A carefully designed system of supervision and monitoring will support you to achieve your maximum potential.

You will receive support from our expert staff and have the opportunity to meet and work with other staff and students through research forums, seminars and involvement in research groups. There are also opportunities to broaden your experience through teaching.

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