Research course

Mathematics and Physics

University of Portsmouth · Mathematics and Physics

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. All applicants are subject to interview.

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:


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.


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


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


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

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers capable of making an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

At the University of Portsmouth, in addition to receiving supervision from experts in the field, we offer a huge range of training and development activities to support you to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. In your time here you will also develop to a high level a range of other skills that are extremely desirable for employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Fees and funding

UK students
full-time students: £TBC p/a, part-time students: £TBC p/a *All fees are subject to annual increase.
International students
International full-time students: £15,100 p/a* International part-time students: £7,550 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