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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.

Research projects
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 UK in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework), for research quality and impact, with 85% of our work rated as internationally leading or excellent. 

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

Nickolai Berkoff

PhD Applied Mathematics

"My advice to anyone considering a PhD is to make sure that you have a good supervisor, maybe chat to some of the supervisors or PhD students before you apply."