Mathematics Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MSc (Res), MPhil (Res)

Join a School of Mathematics with a strong international reputation for research, where students work with leading experts on a broad range of topics. We have distinguished research groups in pure and applied mathematics. We offer the chance to collaborate with industry, business and other academics around the world.


The quality of our world-leading and internationally excellent research ranks the School of Mathematics seventh in the UK in terms of our output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). In the REF2014, 88% of our research output was found to be world-leading or internationally excellent, and 100% of our research was internationally recognised. 

The School of Mathematics accepts students for PhD research degrees each year. You can apply for one of several fully funded studentships. We also welcome applications from students with their own funding. Our Faculty members have a range of interests and are more than happy to discuss possible projects with potential students. 

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities


Course Modules 2017/8

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.   


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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