Applicants would usually be expected to have a 1st or upper 2nd class Honours Bachelor degree or an MSc with Merit or Distinction (or an equivalent overseas qualification) in a mathematical subject. In some research areas a background in physics, engineering or computer science is also acceptable.
Months of entry
January, September, July, April
The School of Mathematics has an outstanding research reputation. The research facilities include one of the finest libraries in the country, the John Rylands University Library. This library has recently made a very large commitment of resources to providing comprehensive online facilities for the free use of the University's research community. Postgraduate students in the School benefit from direct access to all the Library electronic resources from their offices.
Many research seminars are held in the School on a weekly basis and allow staff and research students to stay in touch with the latest developments in their fields. The School is one of the lead partners in the MAGIC project and research students can attend any of the postgraduate courses offered by the MAGIC consortium.
Opportunities for PhD research are available in a wide range of topics in Pure Mathematics. For some of the available areas of possible PhD research see the current Pure Mathematics research areas . For more details about the specific projects, please contact the relevant individual members of staff or get in touch with the Pure Mathematics Postgraduate Admissions Tutor .
Students may enter our graduate programme in Pure Mathematics by initially taking our taught M.Sc. course over 1 year. This, subject to satisfactory progress, can lead to admission to the PhD programme.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing and no module less than 5.5 (or a recognised equivalent qualification).
Students should normally have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent prior to application.
Fees and funding
Together with EPSRC and other national funding sources, the School currently provides financial support to some 60 postgraduate students every year (approximately 15 new students per year). EPSRC DTA research studentships are available in all areas for UK and EU students. Students who are normally resident in the EU but not in the UK are eligible for EPSRC PhD studentships, but the awards in such cases currently cover only the course fees, not maintenance stipends.
In addition, about eight School scholarships are also available each year to PhD students. PhD students may also have the opportunity to help in teaching undergraduate examples classes, for which they are paid. For details of all available awards, please visit the School's website.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Mathematics
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