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Postgraduate research

Mathematical sciences

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Join our vibrant and supportive community of academics and postgraduates with expertise in mathematical physics, biology, geometry, group theory, experimental design and stochastic optimisation. 


In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 100% of our research impact and research environment was specifically rated as of internationally excellent or world-leading quality. We are also ranked 17th for mathematical sciences in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 12th in the Russell Group.

You'll be supported by supervisors who are international experts in their field, spanning pure and applied mathematics, statistics and operational research. They'll provide guidance and also direct you to further in-depth training. 

We offer a wide range of training opportunities. You'll have access to specialised in-house post-graduate courses and three National Postgraduate Training Networks in Applied and Pure Mathematics (MAGIC), Operational Research (NATCOR) and Statistics (APTS).

You’ll be encouraged to participate in research seminars and discussion and attend conferences. You'll have a personal computer, a desk in a shared office and a conference attendance allowance.

Our academics have direct contact with potential employers. Our postgraduate students are highly sought after by other universities, business and industry, NGOs and governments worldwide.

PhD programmes

We offer 2 PhD routes.


This is our standard 3-year research degree. When you apply, you'll choose one of the following specialisms:

  • applied mathematics and theoretical physics
  • operational research
  • pure mathematics
  • statistics

Integrated PhD (iPhD)

Our iPhD is a 4-year programme in mathematical sciences, which includes a taught first year. This is a good option if you're changing your field of study or have a background in industry.

Main areas of research

We have one of the broadest communities of mathematicians in the UK. We collaborate not only with other mathematicians, but also with engineers, scientists, biologists and social scientists.

  • applied mathematics and theoretical physics
  • operational research
  • pure mathematics
  • statistics

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