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PhD in Mathematics (full-time and part-time)

Welcome to the Postgraduate Research webpage for prospective new PhD students of the School of Mathematical Sciences. Our School offers PhD opportunities in a wide range of areas in Mathematical Sciences: see here for details about our research activities. We have a large and thriving community of postgraduate research students, numbering about 60 at any one time.

Research students are assigned a PhD supervisor who has closely related mathematical interests, and with whom they agree on a programme of study and research. That programme includes advanced courses provided by the London Taught Course Centre (LTCC), which is a joint initiative of several London Colleges. The School furthermore provides opportunities for acquiring skills through short courses such as, e.g., on Mathematical Writing. Students will also have the opportunity to gain experience in teaching, for example through leading exercise classes for undergraduate students, while at the same time supplementing their income.

Funding, usually for a period of 3.5 years, is available on an annual basis from both EPSRC and from the College, designed to cover the fees and living expenses of suitably qualified applicants. See here for current PhD studentship offers and for a list of sample PhD projects.

Please note that the internal deadline for fully-funded positions was the 31st of January 2017.

We are still accepting applications for our 50% funded studentships. These scholarships are designed for students who will provide the remaining funds themselves, either through personal funds or through a partnership independent of Queen Mary. For more information on this scheme, please email Mike Witcombe at

We accept applications for self-funded full or part-time projects all year round.

If you are interested to do a PhD with us, we recommend that you first study the admissions information which you can find under the links of the menu on the left. For detailed information about what it means to do a PhD at our School please explore the information under Current Students - PhD Maths/Stats that you can also find in the menu on the left.

If you have any questions, the following key people are available to help you:

  • Dr Mike Witcombe is our Postgraduate Research Programmes Officer. He is happy to help you with any administrative queries about the PhD application process.
  • Dr Reto Buzano is the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. He takes overall responsibility for the School's PhD programme. Please contact him if you have any fundamental questions about our PhD Programme.