Research course


University of Surrey · Department of Mathematics

Entry requirements

A first class honours degree in mathematics, physical sciences or engineering, or a higher qualification such as a good MMath, MPhys or MSc degree.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

From geometry, partial differential equations to fluid dynamics, meteorology, statistics and modelling in the life sciences – Mathematics at Surrey offers an extraordinary range of research opportunities that lie at the heart of tackling key scientific questions of our age. Staff at the forefront of their field offer support for innovative research programmes in a lively, inspiring and intellectually stimulating environment.

As a PhD student, you will be trained in research for a career as a professional mathematician, which will allow you to pursue a career in academia, industry, or government.

The PhD programme in Mathematics usually takes three to four years to complete. You will work with one or perhaps two supervisors. You will meet with them on a frequent basis, discuss your research and your career development, and they will oversee your progress and offer advice throughout your PhD studies.

Department specialisms

Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory; Symmentry Methods; Hamiltonian Dynamics; Astrodynamics; Nonlinear PDEs; Patterns and Waves; Fluids and Meteorology; Mathematical Biology; Bayesian Statistics; Design of Experiments.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Funding is available for outstanding candidates. In particular, the Faculty has a number of fully-funded PhD studentships for UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements. These studentships will include tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. The department also has a number of scholarships available for the partial funding of overseas fees.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 128