Research course

Mathematical Sciences

Queen Mary, University of London · Mathematical Sciences

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a PhD in Mathematics or Statistics at our School is at least a British first class Honours BSc in Mathematics or Statistics or the equivalent qualification from an overseas institution (for more information on international qualification requirements, please see this website. Ideally you should have a more advanced qualification such as MSci, MMath or MSc, in which case we expect at least an upper second in your undergraduate degree, respectively a merit in your postdgraduate degree. Successful applicants will be interviewed.

International Entry Requirements

Non-native English speakers are required to have minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Detailed information on our language requirements can be found on the College web pages for international students.

Months of entry


Course content

Welcome to the Postgraduate Research webpage for prospective new PhD students of the School of Mathematical Sciences. Our School offers PhD opportunities in a wide range of areas in Mathematical Sciences: see here for details about our research activities. We have a large and thriving community of postgraduate research students, numbering about 60 at any one time.

Research students are assigned a PhD supervisor who has closely related mathematical interests, and with whom they agree on a programme of study and research. That programme includes advanced courses provided by the London Taught Course Centre (LTCC) (link is external), which is a joint initiative of several London Colleges. The School furthermore provides opportunities for acquiring skills through short courses such as, e.g., on Mathematical Writing. Students will also have the opportunity to gain experience in teaching, for example through leading exercise classes for undergraduate students, while at the same time supplementing their income.

Department specialisms

Logic; Topology; Combinatorics and Algebra, particularly Algebraic and Computational Theory; Combinatorial Group Theory and Group Rings

Information for international students

The main sources of funding are the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Queen Mary, University of London itself. For EPRSC, stipends are available only to applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least three years (for purposes other than education, in the case of applicants from outside the EU).

EU applicants who do not satisfy the residency condition may be offered fees-only awards. Please refer to the EPSRC website for precise rules. The QMUl scholarships are open to all applicants, regardless of nationality.

Fees and funding

Fees & Funding

Please note that the internal deadline for fully-funded positions was the 31st of January 2017.

We are still accepting applications for our 50% funded studentships. These scholarships are designed for students who will provide the remaining funds themselves, either through personal funds or through a partnership independent of Queen Mary. For more information on this scheme, please email Mike Witcombe at

We accept applications for self-funded full or part-time projects all year round.

Tuition Fees

Information regarding the programme tuition fees for the 2016-17 academic year can be found here.


Funding is available for well-qualified applicants. The School currently supports five to ten new PG research students each year. Tuition fees are paid by the funding body, and students receive maintenance stipends at the UK Research Councils' rate of £16,296 per annum (in 2016-17) for a period of 3.5 years. Please see our projects and research themes page for information about current studentships and application deadlines.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Prof B A F Wehrfritz
020 7882 5471
020 8882 9587