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PhD and MPhil in Mathematics

Start date

July 2023
October 2023
January 2024
April 2024
July 2024
(semester dates)

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Be part of our vision to advance mathematical knowledge and understanding through impactful research.

Through our research we aim to create new applications and techniques that benefit the mathematics community and society in general. Our connections across the University, and with industrial partners and policymakers, will enable you to exchange ideas and build connections through your research. Our department provides a healthy span of research areas in pure and applied mathematics and statistics in a supportive environment for early career researchers.

Your research

Your research will culminate in a thesis on a topic agreed between you and your supervisor.  Your thesis must contain a substantial piece of research which includes some original work. This could include new ideas, or original commentary on material which is currently considered to be at the forefront of mathematical knowledge. 

Work on your thesis is guided by regular meetings with your supervisor.  You'll be assessed wholly on the basis of your thesis, although your degree will normally include six 10-hour graduate-level courses provided by the MAGIC consortium graduate school.

At the end of your degree, you'll have up to 12 months to finish writing up your research.

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You'll be assigned a supervisor who will guide your work throughout your time with us. We'll match your research interests to their area of expertise.

Training and support

Throughout your course you'll have a supervisor to support you and guide your research. 

Work on your thesis is monitored by regular meetings of the Thesis Advisory Panel (at least once every six months for a full-time student and once a year for part-time students). The panel will review the progress of your research and provide additional advice and guidance.

You'll be taught and supervised by staff who themselves produce internationally renowned research. There is a supportive atmosphere among the graduate students and staff are on hand to give you the help you need.

Course location

The Department of Mathematics is located in James College on Campus West. 

Entry requirements

To apply for these courses you should hold, or expect to hold, a Bachelors degree in Mathematics with a 2:1 or first-class honours (or overseas equivalent), or a Bachelor's degree in which Mathematics has formed a substantial part of the course. For entry to the PhD programme you should hold, or expect to hold, a Masters degree with a minimum of 70% average, with a mark of 70 or above on your dissertation.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

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Apply for the MPhil

Apply for the PhD

Take a look at the supporting documents you may need for your application.

Find out more about how to apply.

You don't need to provide a formal research proposal, but you should include a short statement on the area(s) of mathematics you wish to work in. In the personal statement section of the application form you should tell us about why you want to undertake a research degree. You should also include details of any relevant experience you have, such as a summer project or a topic that you have researched on your own.

Identify a supervisor

Before applying, please look at the lists of academic staff in each of our research groups to see if there is a prospective supervisor working in an area which relates to your own research interests. You're welcome to email a prospective supervisor informally to find out more about their research or to ask if they might be considering taking on a postgraduate researcher.

Find a supervisor


As part of your application, you'll be invited to an interview (either face-to-face or online). If your first language is not English, you should be fluent enough to speak confidently about your intended area of research and discuss your mathematical background and interests with a panel of academics.

Careers and skills

Our dedicated careers team offers specific support, including a programme of professional researcher development and careers workshops and 1:1 career support sessions. These will help to build up your employability portfolio and improve your skills and experience outside of your research work.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors and with well-known employers including:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • CitiBank
  • BAE Systems
  • AXA
  • Ocado
  • NHS Digital

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