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The Faculty of Mathematics offers three doctoral (PhD) and one MPhil research programmes.

Select a course below to visit the University’s Course Directory where you can read about the structure of the programmes, fees and maintenance costs, entry requirements and key deadlines.

Programme Duration Department
3-4 years DAMTP
3-4 years DPMMS
4 years; with a structured first year DAMTP and DPMMS
(by thesis)

12 months full-time, or 2 years part-time

DAMTP and DPMMS

Research Areas and Potential Supervisors

Determining whether your interests and ambitions align with our research and expertise is a vital part of the application and admissions process. When we receive your formal application, we will consider the information you provide on your research interests carefully, alongside other factors such as your academic suitability and potential, how you compare to other applicants in the field, and whether we have a suitable academic supervisor with the capacity to take on new students.

We are committed to widening participation in mathematical research at Cambridge. We welcome and encourage applications from people from groups underrepresented in postgraduate study.

Before making an application to study with us we recommend you:

  • Investigate our areas of research and consider how they fit with your interests and ambitions.

A list of broad research areas is provided below, together with links to further information. Your interests may span more than one area. On your application form you will be asked to indicate at least one broad area of interest. This is to help us direct your application to the most suitable group of people to review it.

  • Identify 2 or 3 appropriate supervisor(s) with whom you might work.

The information linked below will take you to lists of supervisors working in each broad research area, with an indication of their availability. You are encouraged to make informal contact with potential supervisors prior to making an application. Initial contact should be made by email. In your email we recommend you provide a concise explanation of your areas of interest, how your research interests align with the supervisor(s) research, and that you highlight any relevant work you have done in this area. We recommend that you attach an up-to-date CV. The purpose of this contact is to enquire on supervisor capacity and willingness to supervise, and to see if there is a good fit between your interests and theirs.

If you haven’t had a response to an informal enquiry, you are still welcome to apply and list the individual concerned on your application form, although you may also wish to consider other options.

  • Give some thought to your intended research and why you want to study with us.

On your application form you will be asked to submit a short research summary, details of your research experience and your reasons for applying to undertake a PhD/MPhil with us. Whilst you are not expected to submit a detailed research proposal at any stage of the process, we do want to know that you have considered the areas of research that you wish to pursue.

Research areas

Click on a research area to find out more about available supervisors and their research:

DAMTP DPMMS

 
 

Please note that a  large majority of the successful applicants for PhD studentships with  the High Energy Physics, and General Relativity & Cosmology (GR) groups   will have taken Part III of the Mathematical Tripos.

Funding Opportunities

Each Department works hard to secure funding for as many offer holders as possible, either from within its own funds, in collaboration with funding partners, or via the University Postgraduate Funding Competition. However, funding is not guaranteed via these routes, and you should investigate funding opportunities early in the process to be sure that you can meet advertised deadlines.

[Funding opportunities across the University and Colleges]
[Includes Gates Cambridge and Cambridge Trusts]
The following opportunity is for MPhil applicants only:
The following opportunities are for doctoral applicants only:
[HEP, GR and Cosmology]
: Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, Theoretical Geophysics, and certain areas of Fluid and Continuum Mechanics [DAMTP project list]
[via DPMMS]

All application deadlines are 23:59pm (midnight) UK time on the stated date. So that your application can be given full consideration please apply by the following deadlines:

11 October 2023 Gates Cambridge Scholars (US citizens only)
15 December 2023  (for doctoral applicants only)
4 January 2024

All other applications for admission in October, including Gates for non-US citizens.

This is our funding deadline. Applications received by this date will be considered for nomination to the University’s Postgraduate Funding Competition.

Note for PhD applicants:

We will accept applications for an October start up until the general University deadline in May, but your chances of obtaining funding are significantly reduced. In addition, space limitations may mean that late applications cannot be considered (i.e., the most appropriate supervisor may already have committed to taking other students).

Only in exceptional circumstances will we consider admission to a later start date in the academic year (i.e., January or April). If you intend to apply for a later start date please contact us at [email protected] so we can advise you on the feasibility of your plan.

Note for MPhil applicants:

We will accept applications until the general University deadline in February, but you will not be considered for funding. In addition, space limitations may mean that late applications cannot be considered (i.e., the most appropriate supervisor may already have committed to taking other students).

Most interviews are expected to take place in the second half of January.

The purpose of the interview is to try to ascertain the extent of the applicant's relevant knowledge and experience, and to gauge whether their interests and abilities align with the research of the potential supervisor and/or research group. It will most likely consist of a discussion of your background and motivations for applying to the course, as well as some questions on relevant topics.

Not all applicants will be selected for interview.

If you are selected for interview, you will be contacted by email at the address you provided on your application. The email should confirm:

  • the location of the interview (it may be in-person or on-line dependent upon interviewer availability, your distance from Cambridge, as well as individual preferences),
  • the interview format and whether you should prepare anything specific in advance,
  • the approximate duration of the interview,
  • who you will be meeting.

Prior to interview you may declare a disability, serious health problem or caring responsibility which may require reasonable adjustments for the interview to be made.

Due to interviewer availability and the tight admissions timetable, we can usually only rearrange the time and date of your interview under exceptional circumstances.

Decision timeline

Both DAMTP and DPMMS make most of their PhD/MPhil admissions decisions for October entry in January and early February, and you should not expect to receive a decision on your application before mid-February (even if you apply much earlier). We expect to have made decisions on all applications by mid-July. The Department makes every effort to take decisions on applications at the earliest opportunity. In some cases, however, it may take some time for a decision to be made. Applications may need to be viewed by several potential supervisors before a final decision can be reached.

To consider your application formally we must receive a complete application form, together with all supporting documents, by the deadline.

Communication of outcomes

You will be notified of the formal outcome of your application via the Applicant Portal.

Following an interview, you can normally expect to receive notification of the outcome within a week or two.

If you are successful, the University’s Postgraduate Admissions Office will issue a formal offer of admission which will outline all your conditions. As processing times can vary, we may also contact you informally to notify you of our decision.

We do not provide formal feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful at either the application or interview stage.

Take a look at our frequently asked questions for PhD applicants.

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The Department of Mathematics Education is one of the largest mathematics education research groups in the UK – with an international reputation for the research into and practice of the learning and teaching of mathematics and statistics.

Mathematics Education at Loughborough

Our research explores the fundamental process involved in learning mathematics, as well as the design and evaluation of innovative pedagogy. Our staff enjoy collaborations and connections with other specialists across the country and run regular research workshops, attracting academics and researchers across the region.

We are a diverse community of around 30 staff, comprising academic staff, project staff and visiting fellows, and have a vibrant group of postgraduate research students. The School of Science is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working, learning, social and living environment that enables students to achieve their potential and which celebrates and encourages diversity. Our aim is to maximise opportunity for all.

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There is a variety of funded and unfunded opportunities to join the Department of Mathematics Education as a doctoral researcher. You can develop your own unique research proposal or browse our current list of PhD opportunities – either way, we’d love to hear from you.

PhD Mathematics Education

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Funding status Self-funded

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In 2019 the Department of Mathematics Education was awarded £6.6m by Research England to create a new Centre for Mathematical Cognition; as a result Loughborough now hosts one of the largest groups of mathematical cognition researchers in the world.

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Our Graduate School is supervised by internationally-leading researchers spanning a wide spectrum of topics, making our School a world renowned centre of excellence in mathematics.

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MAC-MIGS CDT

MAC-MIGS is a prestigious EPSRC-funded PhD programme in Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computation, run jointly by Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt universities, as part of the Maxwell Institute Graduate School, that offers fully-funded scholarships.

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The Maxwell Institute Graduate School in Analysis and its Applications (MIGSAA) is a Centre for Doctoral Training that provides high quality instruction in analysis and the applications of analysis to a wide range of areas. MIGSAA has been made possible by a grant from the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.

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Phd in mathematics (2023 entry).

Mathematics of Systems lecturer at the University of Warwick.

Course code

2 October 2023

3-4 years full-time

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Mathematics Institute

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Explore our PhD in Mathematics

The PhD in Mathematics offers an intellectually stimulating and dynamic atmosphere research in both pure and applied mathematics. Study at the University of Warwick's Mathematics Institute, an international centre of research excellence, ranked 3rd for research power and 3rd for the number of 4* research outputs in REF 2021 (amongst UK universities).

Course overview

Mathematics at Warwick covers a full range of both pure and applied areas. The Mathematics Postgraduate Degrees are appropriate for students with a strong and broad mathematical background who wish to continue to focus on primarily mathematical questions in their postgraduate work.

All students are required to undergo training in Year One and are encouraged to make use of further training opportunities available in subsequent years. Training ranges from gaining a broader knowledge of mathematics through taught modules, seminars and workshops, to enhancing your professional and transferrable skills. Our aim is to produce excellent PhD students who have undertaken high quality original research and who are well-prepared for a career, either in academia or elsewhere.

Teaching and learning

Students are required to complete a series of modules in theirs first year (from a very wide selection of bespoke modules), with assessment including an oral examination component. Upon the successful completion of these modules, students are required to complete a research project before being formally upgraded to a PhD at the end of the first year.

Training will be supplemented with attendance to seminars, cohort building activities, and additional transferable skills training.

General entry requirements

Minimum requirements.

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

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements Link opens in a new window . This course requires the following:

  • IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page Link opens in a new window .

Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

The mathematics department covers a wide range of research areas in mathematics and its applications.

You may also wish to explore the research interest of current Warwick academics .

Find a supervisor

The 'Find A Supervisor' link below will allow you to explore the research interests of academics within the department. Please include in your application the names of potential supervisors, with interests aligned with yours, or people you would like to work with.

The mathematics department, unlike some other departments, does not require students to make any arrangements with any potential supervisors before applying, though of course you are welcome to contact them directly and discuss your interests and any potential projects they may offer.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees   Research course fees

Fee Status Guidance

We carry out an initial fee status assessment based on the information you provide in your application. Students will be classified as Home or Overseas fee status. Your fee status determines tuition fees, and what financial support and scholarships may be available. If you receive an offer, your fee status will be clearly stated alongside the tuition fee information.

Do you need your fee classification to be reviewed?

If you believe that your fee status has been classified incorrectly, you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire. Please follow the instructions in your offer information and provide the documents needed to reassess your status.

Find out more about how universities assess fee status

Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad.

For departmental specific costs, please see the Modules tab on the course web page for the list of core and optional core modules with hyperlinks to our  Module Catalogue  (please visit the Department’s website if the Module Catalogue hyperlinks are not provided).

Associated costs can be found on the Study tab for each module listed in the Module Catalogue (please note most of the module content applies to 2022/23 year of study). Information about module department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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Scholarships and financial support

Find out about the different funding routes available, including; postgraduate loans, scholarships, fee awards and academic department bursaries.

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Mathematics Funding Opportunities

Find out more about the various funding opportunities that are available in our department.

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Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

Mathematics at Warwick

Our challenging Mathematics degrees will harness your strong mathematical ability and commitment, enabling you to explore your passion for mathematics.

Find out more about us on our website

Our courses

  • Interdisciplinary Mathematics (Diploma plus MSc)
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This information is applicable for 2023 entry. Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

Department of Mathematics

PhD and MPhil in Mathematics

Year of entry: 2024/25  ( see 2023/24 entry )

  Length Start dates ( )
PhD

3 years full-time
6 years part-time

January
April
July
September

MPhil

2 years full-time
4 years part-time

January
April
July
September

Be part of our vision to advance mathematical knowledge and understanding through impactful research.

Through our research we aim to create new applications and techniques that benefit the mathematics community and society in general. Our connections across the University, and with industrial partners and policymakers, will enable you to exchange ideas and build connections through your research. Our department provides a healthy span of research areas in pure and applied mathematics and statistics in a supportive environment for early career researchers.

Your research

Your research will culminate in a thesis on a topic agreed between you and your supervisor.  Your thesis must contain a substantial piece of research which includes some original work. This could include new ideas, or original commentary on material which is currently considered to be at the forefront of mathematical knowledge. 

Work on your thesis is guided by regular meetings with your supervisor.  You'll be assessed wholly on the basis of your thesis, although your degree will normally include six 10-hour graduate-level courses provided by the MAGIC consortium graduate school.

At the end of your degree, you'll have up to 12 months to finish writing up your research.

Assessment for the award of the degree of either PhD or MPhil will be on the basis of your thesis and an oral (viva voce) examination. The expectation of the Department of Mathematics is that a thesis submitted for the PhD degree will typically consist of between 100 and 200 A4 sized pages and a thesis submitted for the MPhil degree will typically consist of between 70 and 120 A4 sized pages.

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Impactful research

100% of our departmental research outputs received the highest ratings (3* and 4*) in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021).

Bespoke employability training

Our dedicated support team will help you present yourself at your best for the next step of your career.

Top 20 UK research department

according to the Times Higher Education ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

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Supervision

You'll be assigned a supervisor who will guide your work throughout your time with us. We'll match your research interests to their area of expertise.

Training and support

Throughout your course you'll have a supervisor to support you and guide your research. 

Work on your thesis is monitored by regular meetings of the Thesis Advisory Panel (at least once every six months for a full-time student and once a year for part-time students). The panel will review the progress of your research and provide additional advice and guidance.

You'll be taught and supervised by staff who themselves produce internationally renowned research. There is a supportive atmosphere among the graduate students and staff are on hand to give you the help you need.

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Course location

This course is run by the Department of Mathematics.

The Department of Mathematics is located in James College on Campus West. 

Entry requirements

To apply for these courses you should hold, or expect to hold, an undergraduate degree in which mathematics has formed a substantial part of the course, with a 2:1 or first-class honours (or overseas equivalent). Assessment of your application will include consideration of your full academic record, including progress on courses you are still studying.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

Check your English language requirements

Apply for the MPhil

Apply for the PhD

Take a look at the supporting documents you may need for your application.

Find out more about how to apply .

You don't need to provide a formal research proposal, but you should include a short statement on the area(s) of mathematics you wish to work in. In the personal statement section of the application form you should tell us about why you want to undertake a research degree. You should also include details of any relevant experience you have, such as a summer project or a topic that you have researched on your own.

There isn't a deadline for applying to join a research programme. If you're an International student, it's best to apply at least three months prior to your intended start date to avoid any delays in applying for your accommodation and/or visa. For both Home and International students, if you wish to be considered for Departmental funding, the main round of funding will be allocated in early March, with shortlisting and interviews taking place during February. Other sources of funding may have their own deadlines.

Identify a supervisor

Before applying, please look at the lists of academic staff in each of our research groups to see if there is a prospective supervisor working in an area which relates to your own research interests. You're welcome to email a prospective supervisor informally to find out more about their research or to ask if they might be considering taking on a postgraduate researcher.

Find a supervisor

As part of your application, you'll be invited to an interview (either face-to-face or online). If your first language is not English, you should be fluent enough to speak confidently about your intended area of research and discuss your mathematical background and interests with a panel of academics.

Careers and skills

Our dedicated careers team offers specific support, including a programme of professional researcher development and careers workshops and 1:1 career support sessions. These will help to build up your employability portfolio and improve your skills and experience outside of your research work.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors and with well-known employers including:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • BAE Systems
  • NHS Digital

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PhD programme

The School of Mathematics is keen to attract students to engage in research mathematics and invite applications to our PhD programme. Our experience is that a diverse academic community stimulates diverse and creative ideas and approaches to solutions of problems. Anyone who is passionate about mathematics will find our community to be a safe and welcoming space. We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented communities. To be accepted onto the programme students must be enthusiastic about continuing to study mathematics and normally have a mathematically based undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK upper-second or first-class MSci degree.

We currently offer PhDs in the following areas:

Research degrees

Applied mathematics phd.

  • Postgraduate
  • Doctoral research
  • Full time, part time

Management Mathematics PhD

Pure mathematics phd.

The School of Mathematics has a strong and welcoming research culture, with researchers of international reputations in each of its main specialisms. We have:

  • approximately 70 members of academic staff
  • approximately 70 full-time postgraduate students (UK and International)
  • regular research seminars and specialist meetings providing a stimulating research environment and opportunities to interact with international experts. 

Research at Birmingham

Currently thriving at Birmingham are the following major research groups:

  • Applied Mathematics : applied analysis, financial mathematics, fluid mechanics, mathematical biology, nonlinear waves, scientific computing
  • Theoretical and Computational Optimization : mathematical theory and methods applicable to managerial decision-making, particularly non-linear, discrete, and multi-criteria optimization
  • Pure Mathematics : algebra, analysis, combinatorics and mathematical physics

Life as a PhD Student at Birmingham

Training is provided through individual supervision of research, by advanced seminar courses and conferences, and through MAGIC taught courses (see below). The PhD degree involves a qualifying dissertation submitted during the second year of study. We expect students to give seminars, attend conferences and present papers, preparing them for professional life.

A successful PhD student will produce independent and original research work which should contribute to knowledge in the field of study. Studying for a PhD is an exciting and extremely rewarding experience.

The School of Mathematics is a founding member of MAGIC , the ‘Mathematics Access Grid: Instruction and Collaboration’. This is an interactive video conferencing resource, which is used to present lectures to postgraduate students across the whole of England. Our postgraduate lectures are broadcast to about 20 English universities and our students have the opportunity to collaborate with students and academics in other universities. This is a very exciting development and means that postgraduate students will have access to lecturers not available on their own campus.

All PhD students must take five 10 credit graduate level courses during their first three years of study. These are typically MAGIC courses, but they can also be courses presented at Summer Schools or final year undergraduate courses.

We have a vibrant postgraduate society called BUMPS which provides an active social network for research students. Particularly popular is the Friday afternoon Cake Club which involves Cake baking and tasting. 

We are keen to attract well-motivated and able research students. Prospective applicants who would like to discuss particular research areas are welcome to contact staff members associated with each of the main research areas.

To apply please see our how to apply pages:

How To Apply

School of Mathematics

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PhD in Mathematics

We are proud of our world-class reputation for research excellence and our commitment to provide the highest quality training for our postgraduate students.

The School of Mathematics offers a cutting-edge PhD programme, and we welcome applications from national and international students all year round. Our postgraduate students enjoy a friendly and stimulating environment, and during your PhD you will have the opportunity to develop your mathematical research skills, collaborate with leading researchers and apply your expertise across a range of academic areas.

Research Areas

Review our many research areas for detailed accounts of our various research themes and related academic staff.

Research Environment

Discover our PhD research environment and the various opportunities offered to our research students.

PhD Projects

View some of the PhD projects, offered by our academics for 2024/25 academic year. 

Funding Opportunities

To receive full consideration for funding for our programme commencing September 2024, applications should be submitted before 5 January 2024.

Project-specific funding opportunities may have later application deadlines, please see the PhD Project pages for further details.

Please note that we are not able to consider applications submitted after the programme is full.

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Find out more about the programme including entry requirements and fees.

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When you’re doing research, you can direct it yourself; you have more freedom. It's the only thing I can imagine myself doing.

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Fully funded phd positions at the imt school for advanced studies lucca, funded phd programme (students worldwide).

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

Italy PhD Programme

An Italian PhD usually takes 3-4 years and consists of some taught units as well as research towards your thesis. This will be examined at a public defence, rather than a private viva voce. Some programmes are taught in English.

Fully funded PhD positions in Astronomy, Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry & Materials, Data Science & Scientific Computing, Earth Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Physics

International phd programme.

International PhD programs are often designed for international students. Your PhD will usually be delivered in English, though some opportunities to gain and use additional language skills might also be available. Students may propose their own PhD topics or apply for advertised projects.

Fully funded EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cyber Security

Funded phd programme (uk students only).

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Some projects, which are funded by charities or by the universities themselves may have more stringent restrictions.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training conduct research and training in priority areas funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Potential PhD topics are usually defined in advance. Students may receive additional training and development opportunities as part of their programme.

Fully funded PhD studentships at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research in Partnership with Industry (STOR-i)

Fully funded 3-year ph.d. position in transportation engineering at the university of canterbury, new zealand, phd research project.

PhD Research Projects are advertised opportunities to examine a pre-defined topic or answer a stated research question. Some projects may also provide scope for you to propose your own ideas and approaches.

Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

This project has funding attached, subject to eligibility criteria. Applications for the project are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates, but its funding may be restricted to a limited set of nationalities. You should check the project and department details for more information.

University of Edinburgh School of Mathematics fully funded PhD studentships

Maths research programme.

PhD Research Programmes describe the opportunities for postgraduate research within a University department. You may often be asked to submit your own research project proposal as part of your application, although predefined research projects may also be available.

Fully Funded PhD Program Opportunity

Fully funded phd scholarship in sustainability innovation frameworks (advanced manufacturing), civil engineering: fully funded epsrc and twi phd scholarship: ai-driven investigation into predictive non-destructive evaluation, funded phd project (uk students only).

This research project has funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Some projects, which are funded by charities or by the universities themselves may have more stringent restrictions.

Fully Funded PhD opportunities in Maths and Computing Sciences

4 year phd programme.

4 Year PhD Programmes are extended PhD opportunities that involve more training and preparation. You will usually complete taught courses in your first year (sometimes equivalent to a Masters in your subject) before choosing and proposing your research project. You will then research and submit your thesis in the normal way.

PhD Projects in Mathematics

Phd student positions at international max planck research school for molecules of life, munich, germany phd programme.

A German PhD usually takes 3-4 years. Traditional programmes focus on independent research, but more structured PhDs involve additional training units (worth 180-240 ECTS credits) as well as placement opportunities. Both options require you to produce a thesis and present it for examination. Many programmes are delivered in English.

Max Planck Research Programme

Max Planck Research Programmes are structured PhD opportunities set up by the Max Planck Society, an independent non-profit German research organisation. Max Planck Institutes and universities collaborate to offer interdisciplinary and international PhD opportunities providing high standards of training and support as well as generous funding.

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Competition funded phd project (students worldwide).

This project is in competition for funding with other projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be successful. Unsuccessful projects may still go ahead as self-funded opportunities. Applications for the project are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates, but potential funding may be restricted to a limited set of nationalities. You should check the project and department details for more information.

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Housed in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, the Mathematics Education Group’s research covers: Participation in mathematics including gender issues and mathematical resilience, Mathematics teacher learning, and Technology in Teaching and Learning.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English . 

Potential research projects

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the research projects listed on the School of Mathematics and Statistics  PhD recruitment page , or to develop a project strongly linked to their experience as an educator. Projects in Mathematics Education may involve the following topics:

  • Mathematics teachers' professional learning
  • Teaching and learning using digital technologies
  • Attitudes to mathematics
  • Investigating classroom discourses
  • Developing student reasoning about concepts in mathematics

Potential supervisors

  • Dr Vinay Kathotia
  • Dr Clare Lee
  • Dr Cathy Smith
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Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, some are funded by University studentships, others are self-funded.

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Our PhD programme is your chance to join the next generation of world-class researchers in mathematics and statistics, to contribute to knowledge and develop transferable research skills.

We recognise barriers faced by under-represented groups, and encourage enquiries or applications from all qualified students with a love of mathematics and a strong desire to explore it further, as part of a welcoming and inclusive community.

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Our Research pages list the research interests and contact details of our academic staff: you can use these to get in touch and discuss PhD opportunities and potential projects in their field, some of which may be listed below.

You can find details of recent PhD theses completed in SoMaS, in the White Rose Repository, by inserting the following link:  https://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/view/iau/Sheffield=2ESOM/

Projects may come with specific funding (for example, from a research council or Centre for Doctoral Training) to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. More often, this is not the case, but you may be able to  apply for a scholarship .

Once you have found a supervisor you wish to study with, find out  how to apply .

Our standard conditional offer is to require a UK First Class MMath or MSc Distinction (or international equivalent), in Mathematics or a relevant related subject. That is modified to 2.1 MMath or MSc Merit in the following research groups: Statistics, Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC). It is modified to 1st BSc or MMath, or MSc Distinction, in the Probability research group

Our decision on whether to offer you a place will also be based on the research proposal or personal statement you submit, your degree transcripts (and certificates, if available), your masters dissertation/project (if applicable), your CV and academic references (including your masters dissertation/project supervisor, if applicable), and any interviews and additional tasks we ask you to complete.

All documents need to be provided in English, including transcripts and references.

Students will also need to meet our English language requirements , and international students may need to get clearance through the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) .

If you would like any more information or have any questions, please email [email protected] .

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Mathematics is the universal language that explores numbers, quantities, shapes, and patterns, serving as the foundation for various disciplines. During a mathematics program, students learn core theories, hone analytical and problem-solving skills, and engage with abstract and practical mathematical problems through courses like calculus, linear algebra, number theory, geometry, and probability and statistics. Specialisations in mathematics include Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Physics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science. Mathematics graduates can pursue careers as data scientists, actuaries, cryptographers, research mathematicians, or quantitative analysts, offering versatility and high demand in multiple industries.

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Mathematics and Statistics   brings together our internationally leading research in several areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, including number theory, arithmetic geometry, geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics, dynamical systems, control theory, statistical forecasting and uncertainty quantification.

Our research has a strong focus on important applications in fields such as climate science, systems biomedicine, engineering, ecology, epidemiology and natural hazards. A summary of our main areas of  research focus and current research projects  can be found on our department website.

We are one of only four UK universities to enjoy an academic partnership with the Met Office. 

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Research expertise in climate modelling and statistics; control and dynamics; systems biology; astrophysical fluid flows and number theory

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Our research strengths

  • Pure mathematics  - Our research centres on number theory, arithmetic geometry, analysis and dynamical systems.
  • Geophysical and astrophysical fluid  - Our research centres on theoretical fluid dynamics and numerical modelling with applications to atmospheres, oceans, magnetic fields and solar physics.
  • Systems, dynamics and control  - Our research centres on control theory, dynamical systems and complex systems with applications to biology, medicine and engineering.
  • Environmental Mathematics   - Our research in dynamical systems, control theory, and data science applies to sustainability, ecology, epidemiology, human health, renewable energy, innovation and business.
  • Living Systems Mathematics - We undertake mathematical research with applications to biology and medicine.
  • Climate dynamics  - Our research centres on modelling the climate system and on quantifying and reducing uncertainties in climate projections.
  • Statistical and Data Science  - Our research centres on stochastic modelling, forecasting and uncertainty quantification with applications to the environment, health and decision support.

Our research centres

Many members of staff and research students are involved with one of the Department's three research centres:

  • Centre for Systems, Dynamics and Control is a focus for interdisciplinary research on the modelling of complex systems, dynamical systems, control theory and their applications in life and physical sciences. Our research is divided into three overlapping themes: Living systems, Dynamical systems and Complexity and control.
  • EPSRC Hub for Quantitative Modelling in Healthcare works in collaboration with internationally leading clincal research groups in diabetes, microbial and mental health.
  • Exeter Climate Systems is a research centre created in 2007 that provides a community focus for staff within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who are working on weather and climate related applications. Mathematics and statistics play a crucial role in weather and climate science by providing essential tools for addressing key problems (e.g. the formulation and implementation of numerical models required for prediction, optimal methods for using data, etc.). In turn, weather and climate science pose fascinating and pressing problems that have helped to stimulate the development of new mathematics and statistics.

Many Mathematics staff are also involved with the following institutes: 

  • Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)
  • Global Systems Institute (GSI)
  • Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI)
  • Living Systems Institute (LSI)

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain before starting, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, or other relevant subject with a high level of mathematics. Undergraduate degree classifications should be equivalent to a First or strong Upper Second. Please indicate in your application which of our research groups or members of staff you are interested in working with.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our  international equivalency pages  to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course are as follows:

  • MPhil/PhD Mathematics and MSc by Research Mathematics courses on Streatham Campus fall under Profile A .
  • MPhil/PhD Mathematics and MSc by Research Mathematics courses on Penryn Campus fall under Profile B2 .
  • PhD Complex Living Systems courses fall under Profile B2 .
  • PhD Natural Sciences courses fall under Profile E .

PhD and Research Programme application process

The information below applies to self-funded PhD, MPhil and Masters by Research applicants, but if you are applying for a funded PhD studentship, please follow the specific instructions related to that application.

  • Pinpoint your PhD research area
  • Investigate whether this area is available at Exeter
  • Ensure that you meet our English language entry requirements (international students only)
  • Construct and refine your PhD research proposal
  • Approach your potential supervisor(s)

PhD studentships pages can be accessed in our Funding lists on Finance tabs under each research topic page, and are also available from the Postgraduate Research search results pages on this site, on the PhD projects tab.

Full details of the application process can be found on our Apply now webpage.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees per year 2024/25

  • Home : £4,786 full-time;   £pro-rara part-time
  • International : £25,500 full-time

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our   Student Finance webpages .

Fees 2023/24

TuitionFees per year 2023/24

  • Home : £4,712 full-time;   £pro-rara part-time
  • International : £24,000 full-time

Current funding opportunities

Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres .

Current available funding

Supervision.

You can expect:

  • High-quality research supervision to develop and nurture your potential
  • A tailored supervision approach to help best suit your requirements
  • Accessible supervisors who are enthusiastic about working directly with postgraduate research students
  • Regular timetabled meetings with your supervisor
  • 'Open door' policy to all postgraduate students - instant access to world-leading researchers who will share their expertise and ideas with you
  • Regular meetings with your supervisory team, other members of your research group, and mentors

› Mathematics staff profiles

You will only be able to pursue a research degree with us if we can offer appropriate supervision. Your supervisors will provide the necessary support and guidance and so need to have expertise in your chosen research field. You may join a research team or work with specific members of staff.

We strongly recommend that you informally approach your potential supervisor(s) with your research proposal before submitting a formal application to study. This will enable you to find out if they feel they would be able to supervise you and whether they believe your research proposal needs further refinement.

Visit our  how to apply page for detailed information on the application process.

The Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy has excellent teaching and research resources and has recently invested £2.8 million to provide new academic and social facilities. You will have access to our fully-equipped research centres, comprehensive laboratories and workshops and computer facilities including wireless networking in most areas.

The excellent computing facilities are based around a Unix/Linux system networked to the University computer system. We have our own supercomputing facility built around a Beowulf cluster which is used, for example, by students modelling astrophysical and geophysical fluid flows. The college has a brand new study area with core texts for courses, individual rooms for study groups to meet, and wireless connection for laptops and LCD TVs to display presentations.

The working environment for postgraduate students is friendly and welcoming: each research student has a desk in a shared or open plan office equipped with a networked computer terminal. We provide training in research methodology and in relevant computer software, bibliographical resourcing and mathematical word-processing. You will have access to state-of-the art facilities for remote collaboration and advanced PhD training via the APTS and MAGIC consortia.

I chose to do my PhD at Exeter because of the strong interdisciplinary collaboration within the university and its links to external bodies such as the UK Met Office and the World Health Organization.

For me, studying for a PhD represents a vast change from taught education, becoming a producer rather than a consumer of knowledge and expertise. Over the last two years I have attended training courses, presented my work at conferences and gained valuable experience teaching undergraduates.

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Our graduates enter a wide variety of fields where their analytical skills are valued both in business and in the public sector. Our postgraduates benefit from strong links and active collaboration with external organisations such as the Met Office in Exeter; one of the UK’s major users of advanced mathematics and statistics.

We have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. In addition to the College’s Employability Officer,   Career Zone   gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Postgraduate research students can access our   Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme , which covers a range of topics to help you complete a successful research degree and acts as a springboard for your research career.

Graduate destinations

Below are some examples of initial employment titles and employers of Mathematics postgraduates who have studied with us in recent years.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job Title Organisation
Assistant Research Fellow
English teacher
Graduate Trainee
Lecturer
Lecturer in Mathematics
Ocean Observations Scientist
Post Doc Researcher
Postdoctoral Research
Postdoctoral researcher
Quantitative analyst
Senior Data Scientist
Statistician
Technical Analyst
Technical Writer
Visiting fellowship
Aeon
Bristol Water
Carnegie Institution for Science
Contiamo GmbH
European Centre for Medium Range Weather Prediction
Exeter College
Flextrade
Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Indian statistical institute, bangalore
Met Office
National University of Ireland
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter

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Mathematics Education MA

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The Mathematics Education MA is for teachers, tutors and others interested in how mathematics is taught and learnt at all levels of education. The programme gives students the opportunity to explore issues in mathematics teaching, to consider the theoretical underpinnings, and to carry out a rigorous study of mathematical learning.

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Normally applicants are expected to have at least a lower second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, usually in mathematics or in education. Professional experience of teaching or tutoring will also be considered as relevant experience. In addition, applicants should demonstrate commitment and a clearly expressed interest in issues relating to mathematics education, through the submission of an additional specific maths education written task.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October or January.

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Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website .

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

In the two compulsory modules (Understanding Mathematics Education and Mathematics for Teachers) students consider research-based developments in mathematics teaching and their related sociological, psychological, curricular and linguistic issues, and they engage with mathematics itself, finding implications for teaching. Optional modules enable students to explore, for example, learning with digital technologies (Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning), or learning specifically aimed at primary school levels of education (Primary Mathematics Teaching: Mathematics and Pedagogy), while the independent dissertation/report modules offer students the opportunity to carry out a sustained and systematic piece of academic or professional enquiry in their chosen area of mathematics education research interest.

Who this course is for

This programme is suited to teachers in primary, secondary and further education who are interested in mathematics education, and others with a strong background in both mathematics and education.

What this course will give you

The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society is a world-leading centre for geography, business, mathematics, history, religious education, citizenship and science education. Students will work with tutors who are at the forefront of mathematics education research and who are directly involved in some of these developments.

The department provides an impressive range of cutting-edge MA and CPD courses, presented in face-to-face, distance learning or mixed mode formats. In addition, we offer first class PhD and EdD programmes and staff are actively involved in an extensive range of innovative, nationally and internationally acclaimed, research and development projects.

The department's student population is very diverse: students on initial teacher education programmes, practising teachers, and a rich and diverse range of international students.

Our Mathematics Education Group (MEG) has a mission to offer high quality teaching, while providing high-quality student learning and support. We invite you to browse our MEG pages to find details about our mathematics educators' research interests, but also about our research seminars, Initial Teacher Education programmes, as well as Continuous Professional Development courses we developed.

The foundation of your career

For most teachers, the Mathematics Education MA enhances their satisfaction in teaching and adds a thoughtful critique that balances the pressures of teaching. It develops skills in mathematics, pedagogy, research methods and writing. This programme is a vital stepping-stone to a higher degree in mathematics education and a post in teacher education or education research. For non-teachers, this programme develops transferable skills of writing, critical analysis and understanding of how a mathematical perspective differs from other forms of reasoning.

Studying Mathematics Education MA at IOE is a really good investment for teachers who want to progress in their career and develop their pedagogy. Ashraf Islam Mathematics Education MA Q&A with Ashraf

Employability

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as secondary school heads of mathematics, while others have jobs as primary school mathematics leads. Graduates can also be found working as head teachers and mathematics education lecturers.

Students enrolled on this programme are welcome to attend the weekly 'Mathematics Education Special Interest Group' lunchtime meetings, where tutors present about their research, external maths educators are invited to give talks, and our alumni also present their dissertations and are supported to publish their work with continued support from their tutors.

Teaching and learning

Teaching consists of face-to-face seminars, discussions of readings, mathematical workshops, student presentations, as well as online interactions. The compulsory modules are taught face-to-face, and some optional modules are delivered online or offer a choice of mode of study.

All of our modules will be taught using a variety of approaches. You will be encouraged to draw and reflect on your own experience of learning, studying and teaching and having been taught mathematics when discussing the issues, ideas, and theories presented in the modules. We know that students learn best when they are involved so you will be expected to participate through presenting ideas to a class or group, preparing work to share in a seminar, or posting comments and feedback in the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

The programme is assessed through essays and oral presentations (not examinations) that involve critical engagement with specific areas of mathematics education chosen by the student from a range of areas covered within each module. Formative assessment is provided by tutor feedback in tutorials and elsewhere and in comments on draft assignments.

Each 30-credit module within the MA Maths Education Programme is equivalent to approximately 300 hours of studying comprising teaching, seminars, tutorials and independent study/research, usually spread over a term (with the exception of the Dissertation or Report modules). The time allocated will vary from module to module and tutors will advise you in how to manage your workload.

Full-time students study the programme over one year. Understanding Mathematics Education, Mathematics for Teachers and EITHER Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods OR Report with Integrated Research Methods are compulsory modules. Optional modules are also available in the wider IOE offering. Full-time students therefore choose: 

EITHER  

  • Understanding Mathematics Education(Autumn Term) 
  • Mathematics for Teachers (Summer Term) 
  • Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Dissertation Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 1 - recommended: Digital technologies for Mathematical Learning (Spring term) 
  • Optional module 2 (Term dependent on choice)

OR  

  • Report with Integrated Research Methods (Autumn Term Online Integrated Research Methods, Report Spring and Summer Terms) 
  • Optional module 3 (Term dependent on choice)

Part-time students study the programme over two years. Understanding Mathematics Education, Mathematics for Teachers and EITHER Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods OR Report with Integrated Research Methods are compulsory modules. Optional modules are also available in the wider IOE offering. Over their two years of study, part- time students therefore choose: 

Modular/Flexible students study the programme over a period of up to 5 years. Understanding Mathematics Education, Mathematics for Teachers and EITHER Dissertation with Integrated Research Methods OR Report with Integrated Research Methods are compulsory modules. Optional modules are also available in the wider IOE offering. Over the period of up to 5 years of study, modular/flexible students therefore choose: 

Compulsory modules

Optional modules.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Mathematics Education.

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Are you interested in furthering your career in education and making a difference in the UK or worldwide? We welcome you to book your place at our Virtual Open Event. You will meet our Programme Leaders, hear about the programmes you are interested in and have the chance to ask any questions you might have. These sessions are free and open to all. Be inspired by our wide-ranging and flexible programmes run by leading academics.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course.

Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £12,700 £6,350
Tuition fees (2024/25) £31,100 £15,550

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis .

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees .

Additional costs

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in carrying out their Report or Dissertation module for the purpose of data collection.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs .

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website .

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024 Value: Tuition fees, return flights and stipend (1 year) Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024 Value: Tuition fees and accommodation (1 year) Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees .

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Mathematics Education at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • your experiences of using research to inform teaching and learning
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

If you choose to upload your personal statement as an attachment then please note that, in general, there is no fixed word limit, however, we would expect your statement to be typed and no longer than two sides of A4 paper.

Together with the personal statement, PLEASE NOTE that all applicants are ALSO required to submit a specific written admission task giving an outline of a literature informed research investigation in mathematics education you are interested in carrying out. Please access the additional requirements page to find further details about this task.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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We are a multidisciplinary research group with close connections with the School’s Algebra and Geometry & Topology groups.

You’ll benefit from being not only in one of the largest mathematics research groups in the UK but also part of the Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group – a joint research collective formed in 1999 with Heriot- Watt University and now part of the Maxwell Institute.

The School of Mathematics is a vibrant community of more than 60 academic and related staff supervising 60 students.

Our group pursues wide-ranging interests spanning a number of disciplines. A central goal is to understand the principles behind quantum gravity, through the study of black holes, cosmologies and spacetime singularities, and via the use of holography and the interplay with quantum gauge field theory through the gauge/gravity correspondence.

Particularly fruitful areas of research are the geometry of higher-dimensional black holes and their near-horizon geometries in the context of higher-dimensional generalisations of general relativity.

We’re fascinated by the various manifestations of supersymmetry: in string theory, supergravity and gauge theory. This has led us to several classification results on supersymmetric supergravity backgrounds, including a recent proof of the homogeneity conjecture. In addition we study gauge theoretic moduli spaces using supersymmetry and via integrable systems techniques, displaying an interplay between the algebraic geometry of curves and their associated function theory. This research has led to computer implementations of various algebro-geometric constructions.

Recently we have made progress in some purely mathematical problems suggested by the gauge/gravity correspondence: namely, the classification of certain exotic algebraic structures related to superconformal field theories, as well as that of certain types of homogeneous supergravity backgrounds.

Training and support

Mathematics is a discipline of high intellect with connections stretching across all the scientific disciplines and beyond, and in Edinburgh you can be certain of thriving in a rich academic setting. Our School is one of the country’s largest mathematics research communities in its own right, but you will also benefit from Edinburgh’s high-level collaborations, both regional and international.

Research students will have a primary and secondary supervisor and the opportunity to network with a large and varied peer group. You will be carrying out your research in the company of eminent figures and be exposed to a steady stream of distinguished researchers from all over the world.

Our status as one of the most prestigious schools in the UK for mathematics attracts highly respected staff. Many of our 60 current academics are leaders in their fields and have been recognised with international awards.

Researchers are encouraged to travel and participate in conferences and seminars. You’ll also be in the right place in Edinburgh to meet distinguished researchers from all over the world who are attracted to conferences held at the School and the various collaborative centres based here. You’ll find opportunities for networking that could have far-reaching effects on your career in mathematics.

As well as experiencing a vibrant research environment that brings you into contact with a broad group of your peers, your membership of the Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group will give you access to a dynamic programme of seminars, lecture courses and conferences. There is a dedicated website and blog, and a comprehensive range of graduate activities:

  • Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group

You will enjoy excellent facilities, ranging from one of the world’s major supercomputing hubs to generous library provision for research at the leading level, including the new Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library at King’s Buildings.

Students have access to more than 1,400 computers in suites distributed across the University’s sites, many of which are open 24 hours a day. In addition, if you are a research student, you will have your own desk with desktop computer.

We provide all our mathematics postgraduates with access to software packages such as Maple, Matlab and Mathematica. Research students are allocated parallel computing time on ‘Eddie’ – the Edinburgh Compute and Data Facility. It is also possible to arrange use of the BlueGene/Q supercomputer facility if your research requires it.

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 Oct 2024.

A UK first class honours degree, or its international equivalent, in an appropriate subject; or a UK 2:1 honours degree plus a UK masters degree, or their international equivalents; or relevant qualifications and experience.

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Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

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Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component. We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced ( CAE ) / C2 Proficiency ( CPE ): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE : ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS , TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE , in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

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We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries (non-MESC).

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If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than five years old* at the beginning of your programme of study. (*Revised 05 March 2024 to extend degree validity to five years.)

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If you are not an EU , EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

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Tuition fees.

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PhDMathematical Physics3 YearsFull-time
PhDMathematical Physics6 YearsPart-time

Scholarships and funding

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UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK's governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

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  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

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PhD Mathematical Physics - 3 Years (Full-time)

Phd mathematical physics - 6 years (part-time), application deadlines.

Programme start date Application deadline
9 September 2024 31 August 2024

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available. All applications received by 22 January 2024 will receive full consideration for funding. Later applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

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The Mathematics Education route is for anyone with a research or professional interest in mathematics education at any level of education (primary, secondary, or tertiary), wanting to undertake advanced study in a world-class setting. The Mathematics Education route is taught by a specialist team, and its student cohort is drawn primarily from UK-based professionals who continue in their full-time posts while taking the course part-time

The Mathematics Education route develops students' understanding of a number of important issues in the field of mathematics education. Students learn to interpret and critically engage with ideas and debates in mathematics education research in three ways:

  • through taught sessions in mathematics education;
  • through work on course assignments under the supervision of a member of the teaching team; and
  • through participation in seminars led by students on the route and in project workshops.

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are to:

  • to examine the theoretical frameworks used in the study of education and its constituent disciplines;
  • provide training in research methods appropriate to education;
  • advance students’ capacity for professional reflection and judgment;
  • cater for a range of specialists interested within the field of education or one of its constituent disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Continuation to the PhD from Masters programmes within the Faculty of Education is not automatic, and students wishing to do so must submit a PhD application by the usual deadline.

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See further the  Postgraduate Admissions Events  pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.

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