Research course


University of Exeter · Mathematics

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain before starting, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, or other relevant subject with a high level of mathematics. Undergraduate degree classifications should be equivalent to a First or strong Upper Second.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

As a research student in Mathematics or Statistics you will join the Department of Mathematics within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The Department brings together our internationally leading research in several areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, including number theory, arithmetic geometry, geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics, dynamical systems, control theory, statistical forecasting and uncertainty quantification. Our research has a strong focus on important applications in fields such as climate science, systems biomedicine, engineering, ecology, epidemiology and natural hazards.

A PhD is the highest degree that can be awarded by a University. Students conduct novel research under the direction of their academic supervisor, submit a thesis of up to 100,000 words that constitutes an original contribution to knowledge, and defend their thesis at an oral examination. An MPhil is a shorter degree that requires a thesis of up to only 60,000 words and less in the way of original research.

Department specialisms

number theory, arithmetic geometry, geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics, dynamical systems, control theory, statistical forecasting, uncertainty quantification

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 here.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit the funding page 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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Admissions
+44 (0) 1392 722730