Postgraduate research

Mathematical sciences

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Join our vibrant and supportive community of academics and postgraduates with expertise in operational research, statistics, pure and applied mathematics and theoretical physics.


In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), 100% of our research impact and research environment was specifically rated as internationally excellent or of world-leading quality. We are ranked 17th in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 12th for Mathematical sciences 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 a research degree of up to 4 years duration. 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 doctoral programme in mathematical sciences, which includes a taught first year. The duration of the programme is up to 5 years.

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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