Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

A Mathematical Sciences PhD is for graduates with an interest in developing their mathematical skills further and participating in scientific research, often with a view to a career in academic or industrial research themes.

You will be led to the cutting edge of mathematics and statistics research and learn the latest methods and techniques in the field.

Postgraduate students are offered a variety of training courses and are encouraged to attend international scientific meetings. In addition to local courses, both subject specific and with a view to transferable

skills, students can benefit from our cooperation with other institutions, in particular the Mathematics Taught Course Centre and the Academy for PhD Training in Statistics.

For further information on the programme, along with guidance on how to apply, please visit the programme webpage.

Department specialisms

Algebra and Geometry Analysis and Differential Equations Mathematical Control Theory Industrial Applied Mathematics Mathematical Biology Numerical Analysis Continuum Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Statistics Probability

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).

Fees and funding

Each year we have a range of scholarships available for both home and international students undertaking postgraduate study with the Faculty of Science. Details can be found here.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
24-48 months

Further details of qualification

Most students enroll on PhD research programmes, although the MPhil route is an option. PhD students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis; the confirmation of PhD status is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination; the final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to expert examiners.

Course contact details

Faculty of Science Graduate School
+44(0)1225 385949