Research course


Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Mathematics

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD degree is the equivalent of a UK second class honours degree in an appropriate subject, although in many cases a qualification at MSci or MSc (masters) level would be desirable. .

Months of entry


Course content

All research students are given at least one named supervisor and an advisor. The supervisor, a member of the academic staff, directs their work. The advisor provides academic welfare support. To be in a position to pursue research successfully, students may have to attend some of the advanced courses offered in the university. There will also be opportunities to attend formal or informal seminars with other research students and academics.
Once the research has been successfully completed the student has to write a report in the form of a thesis and will be invited to attend an oral examination.

Department specialisms

Discrete mathematics, cryptography, number theory, quantum chaos, and quantum information

Fees and funding

EPSRC awards, ORS awards & project studentships. Further sources of funding, including college grants.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Chris Mitchell
+44 1784 443093
+44 1784 430766