On this page you can find out about PhD opportunities currently available in Mathematics and Statistics. Click on a project title or below to find out more.
Some of these projects come with specific funding (eg, from a research council or Centre for Doctoral Training) to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. If you successfully apply for one of these projects, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically awarded the funding.
If a project does not come with specific funding, that does not mean that there is no funding available. You may be awarded a scholarship after you have submitted your application – let us know if you wish to be considered for a scholarship by including this in your application form. We also accept applications from students who are applying for funding separately, or have funding in place already.
You can find out about scholarships on the following webpage:
Do you have your own idea for a project?
Find a potential supervisor by visiting our research webpages. Contact a member of academic staff to find out about PhD opportunities in their area.
Centres for Doctoral Training
Other funded PhD opportunities are available through the Centres for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnerships that our staff contribute to.
Visit the webpages for these centres to find out more about their projects.
Once you have identified a potential project and supervisor, please complete the University's postgraduate online application form to apply. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should state this in the form. You should also include any information you have about funding that you are applying for separately, or that you have in place already. It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application.
We usually ask for either a first class or upper second class (2:1) MMath or MSc degree or equivalent in mathematics, statistics, physics or a related subject. We offer a number of MSc courses in mathematics and statistics, if you do not already have a masters degree: Masters courses
Our decision on whether to offer you a place will also be based on the research proposal or personal statement you submit, your degree transcripts (and certificates, if available), your masters dissertation/project (if applicable), your CV and academic references (including your masters dissertation/project supervisor, if applicable), and any interviews and additional tasks we ask you to complete. All documents need to be provided in English, including transcripts and references.
Students will also need to meet our English language requirements, and international students will need to get clearance through the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). Find out more about English language requirements and ATAS on our webpage for international students:
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Other project opportunities
If you would like to find out about PhD opportunities in an area that is not covered in the listing above, visit our Research webpages. These pages list the research interests and contact details of our academic staff, so that you can get in touch and discuss other potential projects in their field.