Research course


University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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

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.

Our research areas

  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Biophysics
  • Metabolism dynamical systems and PDEs
  • Mathematical statistics
  • Nonlinear PDEs
  • Dynamical systems
  • Calculus of variations
  • Geometry and mechanics
  • Quantum field theory, string/m-theory and supergravity
  • Gauge/gravity, field theory and string theory dualities
  • Topological field and string theory
  • Classical and quantum integrability
  • Twistor geometry and geometric analysis
  • Geometric fluid dynamics
  • Mathematical meteorology and data assimilation
  • Water waves
  • Hydrodynamic stability

Information for international students

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

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

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
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 682 222