Research course


University of Portsmouth · Mathematics

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Why take this course?

Our researchers work and supervise topics around the following areas of Applied Mathematics: Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems, Logistics and Operations Research, Biostatistics, Numerical Analysis, and Science and Theology. These areas complement research undertaken in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), with which the Department of Mathematics has close ties. Research within the field of Mathematics and Physics may also be closely linked to the field of Computer Science.

Research centres:

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG): The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation is a research institute at the University of Portsmouth devoted to the investigation of cosmology, galaxy evolution and gravitation. We have staff, post-doctoral fellows and students working on subjects from inflation in the early universe to understanding the stellar populations in galaxies.The ICG is one of the leading cosmology groups in the United Kingdom, and is supported by major grants from the Research Council STFC and the European Union. The researchers at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation work in a variety of projects. Our research covers theoretical and observational cosmology, astrophysics and their interface. Our research projects are supported by grants from the Research Council STFC, the Royal Society and the European Union.

Centre for Operational Research and Logistics (CORL): The Centre for Operational Research and Logistics brings together a multidisciplinary expertise on the Science of Data and the Science of Decision Making from across the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Technology, Portsmouth Business School and the Institute of Industrial Research at the University of Portsmouth. Members of the Centre provide a broad coverage of the field of Operational Research and Quantitative Logistics whilst strengthening several of the sub-fields. This ensures CORL furthers its reputation as a centre of international expertise in these areas.

Module Details

Applied Mathematics:

Nonlinear and Complex Systems:
Researchers are engaged in research and supervision mainly in the field of Dynamical Systems. Some of our recent projects include:

  • Transport and collective phenomena
  • Universality and renormalisation in various contexts
  • The simulation and analysis of dynamically evolving networks

Logistics and Operational research:
Research areas include:

  • Distance metric optimisation
  • Goal programming theory and algorithms
  • Goal programming applications
  • Multiple objective evolutionary algorithms (MOEAs)
  • Reverse logistics
  • Transport and vehicle routing

Institute of Cosmology:

Early universe and particle cosmology:
Our researchers are working and supervising research in fields such as:

  • Inflation
  • Brane-world cosmology
  • String cosmology
  • Primordial perturbations

Structure formation in the universe:
Our researchers are working and supervising in fields such as:

  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Galaxy surveys
  • Dark energy
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Cosmic magnetic fields
  • Gravitational waves

Galaxy evolution:
Our researchers are producing research and supervising postgraduate research students in:

  • Stellar population models
  • Chemical evolution
  • Galaxies at low and high redshift

Student Destinations

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support that we provide to our Research Degrees students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service – Purple Door – can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.

Through our Graduate School Development Programme, Purple Door offer a series of dedicated workshops on career planning for research degree students. They also offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £4,121 p/a, part-time students: £1,590 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
full-time students: £14,400 p/a, part-time students: £7,200 p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Centre - Faculty of Technology
023 9284 2993