Research course

Mathematical Sciences

Durham University · Department of Mathematical Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

First degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. PhD applicants usually require a Masters-level qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Pure mathematicians in Durham are at the forefront of research in areas of international interest. There are courses on a variety of advanced topics. Staff provide committed and effective supervision for research students in a lively and collaborative environment. See our web site.

Department specialisms

Differential Geometry; Geometric Topology; Algebraic Geometry; Modular Forms; Representation Theory; Minimal Surfaces; Knot Theory; Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry; Algebraic Number Theory; K-Theory; Discrete Groups; Hyperbolic Geometry; Simplectic Geometry.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK Research Councils studentships are available to both Home/EU (fees-only grants for EU students) and international students (full award at Home/EU level), from EPSRC (all areas). STFC also offer funding to home students studying particle physics. The University also has a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Department of Mathematical Sciences