Research course

Applied Mathematics (PhD)

University of Birmingham · School of Mathematics

Entry requirements

Students applying for an MPhil have normally obtained a good (usually Upper Second) undergraduate degree, while students applying for a PhD have either a very good undergraduate degree (First Class) or a taught postgraduate degree (MA or MPhil). Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration. First degree standard of 70% with Applied Mathematics as a major component.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Training is provided through individual supervision of research, by advanced seminar courses and conferences, and by generic courses. The PhD degree usually involves a qualifying dissertation submitted during the second year of study, which is helpful training for writing the PhD thesis.
The Applied Mathematics Research Group works on a wide variety of topics in a range of areas such as applied analysis, fluid mechanics, mathematical biology, financial mathematics and computational mathematics.
The research in applied analysis studies reaction-diffusion equations, nonlinear waves and perturbation theory. Inverse problems are also an active area of investigation.
The area of fluid mechanics is a traditional research field in the School. Active research is pursued in the areas of bubble dynamics and biological and physiological fluid mechanics, dynamic wetting, flows with transitions in the topology of the flow domain, dynamics of liquid jets and drops, flows with phase transitions, fuel cells and many more. A School supercomputer is available for research. Research students' work often arises from industrially motivated problems or develops new directions in existing research projects.
Research in Computational Mathematics includes numerical solution of partial differential equations, design and analysis of algorithms for large-scale problems, numerical linear algebra and matrix analysis.
The area of financial mathematics represents a new and exciting field of research. Topics of research including both modelling and computational finance and may be pursued in the School or in collaboration with the School of Economics.

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Information for international students

International students are invited - small number of School-funded doctoral training grants are available.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,270 FT - £2,135 PT
International students
£15,720 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Dr Sándor Zoltán Németh
0121 414 6193