Research course

Pure Mathematics

University of Essex · Department of Mathematical Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Good honours or Masters degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area

PhD, MPhil, MSc by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our Department is able to offer PhD Pure Mathematics as several members of staff have interests in this area, including semigroup theory, group theory (especially presentations) and several aspects of discrete mathematics, for example, graph theory. You work under the supervision of one or more of these members of staff. Your PhD typically involves wide reading round the subject area in your first-year, then gradually developing original results over your second and third-years before writing them up in a coherent fashion.

We also offer the Masters by Dissertation (requiring at least one year of study, usually writing a connected account of some topic with original work very welcome but not required) and the MPhil (requiring two years of study and a thesis containing a few original insights). Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Our Department of Mathematical Sciences has an international reputation in many areas like such as semi-group theory, optimisation, probability, applied statistics, bioinformatics and mathematical biology.

Our staff are strongly committed to research and teaching. They have published several well-regarded text books and are world leaders in their individual specialisms, with their papers appearing in learned journals like Communications in Algebra, Studia Logica, International Journal of Algebra and Computation, SIAM Journal in Optimization, IEEE Evolutionary Computation, Computers and Operations Research, Ecology, Journal of Mathematical Biology, and Journal of Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Department specialisms

Research supervision offered in the areas of: pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics, operational research.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872704