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Projects and research themes

All PhD funding opportunities will be posted on this website.

Current Projects:

Please find below a list of self-funded PhD research projects offered for potential students last academic year. Please note that the internal deadline for fully-funded positions was the 31st of January 2017, and many of the below projects will now have received successful applicants.

We accept applications for self-funded full or part-time projects all year round, including for the projects listed below, although we advise emailing the academic in question to discuss potential projects directly.

Applications for research projects close to the expertise areas of academic staff of the School of Mathematical Sciences (but not included on this list) are welcome.

Further examples of projects previously offered can be found in our project archive.

Enquiries and Further Information

For any enquiries regarding the above PhD studentships please contact Dr Xin Li or Dr Adrian Baule. For more general queries about the PhD programme at Queen Mary, please contact Dr Mike Witcombe.

Information regarding alternative sources of funding can be found on our PhD funding webpage.

If you have already secured funding for your PhD studies and therefore do not wish your application to be considered within the studentship competition please state this on the appropriate part of your application form.

Choosing your Research Topic

It is highly recommended that first you make up your mind in which area of mathematics you wish to work and, ideally, to even think of prospective PhD supervisors at our School. It is important that your supervisor shares your research interests such that he/she can successfully guide you in your research. Many PhD students in mathematics do not pursue targeted research projects specified at the outset. Instead, they develop an agreed programme of study in discussion with their supervisor during their first year here. This programme tends to evolve in response to what has been learned during preliminary studies.

With this in mind, the important question for a prospective student is: Are my interests aligned with those of the School? The following links provide information on the general research strengths of the School:

Collaborative research

From time to time, we have projects available which are co-sponsored by an industrial partner, or which are run jointly with colleagues in another department at Queen Mary. Recent examples of the latter include the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, and the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine.