Research course

Mathematics Research Programme

University of Sussex · Mathematics

Entry requirements

MPhil in Mathematics : A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or an MSc in mathematics. PhD in Mathematics : A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or an MSc in mathematics.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Mathematics
  • MPhil in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers you the opportunity to study for an MPhil or PhD in Mathematics. We welcome applications from potential research students at any time, but funded studentships may have a specific deadline. The expected start date is in September, but students may also start in January or May.

Research training

You have informal research training to expand your knowledge in areas of mathematics related to your research topic. Training consists of contacts with your supervisors, and is supplemented by study groups, graduate seminars, research seminars, and workshop, summer school, and conference participation.

Currently there is no required formal training (coursework) for research students in the Department of Mathematics. According to your academic needs, as agreed between you and your supervisor, you take modules from a range of specialised PhD- and MSc-level modules. Research training is complemented by professional development workshops and events specifically for research students. The Department runs weekly seminars on general and specialist topics, with international speakers.

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

Specialist facilities

Research students have a dedicated shared office space close to their supervisors’ offices and are supplied with a desktop computer. The Department has its own computing research laboratory containing several workstations and PCs. As researchers, PhD and MPhil students have full access to the University’s highperformance computing facilities.

Interaction between research students is greatly supported by the provision of a dedicated communal space and kitchen. Research students also use this space to give seminars to their peers. Our overall aim is to create an environment conducive to discussion and research collaboration at the highest level.

Recent thesis titles:

  • A numerical approach to study cell dynamics
  • Analytically divergence-free discretisation methods for Darcy’s problem
  • LDPC codes from semipartial geometries
  • On blow-up solutions of parabolic problems
  • Primal-dual active set methods for Allen-Cahn variational inequalities
  • Recovery methods for evolution and non-linear problems
  • Topological methods for strong local minimisers and extremals of multiple integrals of calculus of variations

Information for international students

Please see link for information on international students' entry requirements:

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 873254