Research course

Pure Mathematics

University of Birmingham · School of Mathematics

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Entry requirements

First degree standard of 70% with Pure Mathematics a major component.

Months of entry

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

Course content

There are opportunities for postgraduate research in Pure Mathematics, especially in the areas of algebra, analysis, combinatorics and graph theory. 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 Pure Mathematics group contributes to research in various parts of algebra, model theory, combinatorics, set theory and analysis. Birmingham is recognised as one of the leading centres in the European Union for research in group theory.

Students attend advanced seminars and research lectures, receive research skills training, and their research is supervised by an active researcher in the chosen field.

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Department specialisms

Algebra (especially Group Theory, Groups Acting on Trees, Sporadic Groups, Lie Type Groups, Representations of Groups), Representation Theory, Model Theory, Set Theory, Graph Theory and Analysis (see Postgraduate Handbook at for further details).

Information for international students

International students are invited but there are a very limited number of school funded doctoral training grants.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005