Research course


University of Exeter · Mathematics
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Research students in Mathematics or Statistics join the Mathematics Research Institute within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The Institute brings together pure and applied mathematics and statistics.

Research activity is focussed around five specialisms;

Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics (CGAFD)
Research activity in applied mathematics, theoretical geophysics and astrophysics, and numerical modelling relevant to weather, climate and extrasolar planets.

Systems, Dynamics and Control
A focus for interdisciplinary research on the modelling of complex systems, dynamical systems, control theory and their applications, especially for systems biology andbiomedical modelling.

Exeter Climate Systems (XCS)
The application of mathematics and statistics to key challenges facing weather and climate science, and link to the university's work on climate change and sustainable futures. This includes our group looking at Climate Dynamics.

Mathematics and the Environment
Research in Cornwall develops mathematics for the “Living Planet”. We work closely with the Environment and Sustainability Institute, and with the Centre for Ecology and Conservation and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.

Pure Mathematics
Pure Mathematics research at Exeter is mostly concerned with Number Theory, Arithmetic and Algebraic Geometry and related areas.

Department specialisms

Climate and Environmental Modelling; Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics; Systems, Dynamic and Control; Pure Mathematics; Systems Biology

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found at

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months
distance learning
12-36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Admissions
+44 (0) 1392 722730