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PhD in Mathematics

Standard Duration: Full-time: 3-4 years, Part-time: up to 7 years

Min. entry requirements: First Class integrated MA or MSc degree in Mathematics or a science degree with high mathematical content

English Language: IELTS 6.5, Band A

The Mathematics Institute is characterised by its international reputation, excellent facilities and strength in a broad range of topical research areas. Our academic staff are leading international researchers in many different areas and currently supervise approximately 100 PhD students.

In the first year of the programme, students typically strengthen their background with research-level courses (for example through the taught course centre), building a foundation for research in subsequent years. This research is guided by their supervisor, and supported by participation in research seminars and discussion with colleagues.

The aim is that a successful PhD student will be able to carry out independent and original mathematical research of the highest quality.

Areas for PhD supervision include:

Algebraic Geometry; Algebraic Topology; Arithmetic Geometry; Combinatorics; Complexity Science; Computational Mathematics; Differential Geometry; Dynamical Systems; Ergodic Theory; Fluid Dynamics; Geometric Analysis; Geometric Topology; Graph Theory; Group Theory; Hyperbolic Geometry; Inverse Problems; Mathematical Biology; Mathematical Epidemiology; Mathematical Physics; Number Theory; Numerical Analysis; Partial Differential Equations; Probability Theory; Random Matrices; Representation Theory; Ring Theory; ScientificComputing; Singularity Theory; Statistical Mechanics; Stochastic Analysis.

Application Fact File

Entry requirements

First Class integrated MA, MMath or MSc degree in Mathematics or a science degree with high mathematical content

PhD in Mathematics of Systems
Applications are invited where candidates have already completed Master’s-level training in a related field and obtained a high result

English Language Requirements

Band A - IELTS 6.5


All applications should be made online at

Application Deadline

Applications are welcomed throughout the year.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2):
Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.


ESPRC funding is available, see Department website for further information. Details of other funding opportunities are available via the Graduate School.