School of Mathematics

Research student - School of Mathematics

Postgraduate research degrees

The School warmly welcomes postgraduate students. We take pride in the calibre of our staff, in the quality of our teaching and in the successes of our students as they develop their career potential within a stimulating and supportive academic environment.

Students are challenged, encouraged and supported during their studies by academics at the cutting-edge of their discipline, ensuring that we are investing in those who will define the next big advances in mathematical knowledge.

As one of the largest centres for postgraduate training in the UK, our School can offer you an enormously varied range of research projects across all three of our departments: Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics. You will find peaks of excellence in Algebra and Logic, Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics and Polymers and Complex Fluids. We also guarantee that you will have the extensive support and facilities to allow you to get the most out of your project both within the School and through our interdisciplinary links across the University.

Our dedication to help you realise your ambitions and career aspirations is based on a strong research track record – we were placed in the top ten mathematics departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for research power, a measure which combines both the quality and volume of research, helping the University of Leeds to 14th place for research quality. In fact, 95% of the work submitted by the School in the RAE was classed as ‘world leading' or ‘internationally recognised'. 

As a research student you will have access to specialist facilities for your research area. The University is a member of the White Rose Consortium, which gives the School access to the White Rose Grid, a research infrastructure providing massive parallel computing power. All our PhD students are provided with high quality office accommodation as well as access to state-of-the-art workstations with either a Linux or Windows platform.

The School also has a video conferencing room that is devoted to teaching graduate students in Mathematics across a network of 19 UK universities.

Student profile

Julian Mak

PhD Applied Mathematics – second year student

"The biggest challenges have been not knowing what to expect.In a way it’s like exploration, you don’t know what you are expecting. Exploring into the unknown; into the sea of mathematics."