School of Mathematical Sciences

Application and entry requirements

Application procedure

Applications should be made on official QMUL application forms. You are highly encouraged to contact a member of the School in order to discuss potential research areas or projects first.

Apply online using our online application form: PhD in Mathematics

You will note that the application form asks for a "500 word research proposal". We realise that many applicants will not at this stage have anything in mind that is sufficiently well formed to count as a research proposal. In that case, we encourage you to use this section to tell us about your strengths and interests: which courses you did particularly well in, which particularly interested you, and what background reading you may have done beyond the demands of a specific course. If you are applying for one of our set research projects, please describe how your qualifications and experience make you a particularly good fit for that project.

We accept students onto our research programmes throughout the academic year. Once you have submitted your complete application (including academic transcripts/ reference letters/ research proposal) we aim to process it within 14 working days. If you are seeking external funding please allow a generous amount of time between when you submit your application and the funding deadline in order to avoid complication. For information about our current studentships and their respective application deadlines please see the projects and research themes page.

After receipt of your application, we make an initial assessment of your suitability for PG study at Queen Mary. If we decide to pursue your application further, we will invite you to interview. If it is impractical to interview you in person we will do so by skype or phone. If you are able to attend in person, we often like to incorporate the interview into a wider programme of activities, such as meeting relevant members of staff and current PG research students, or even attending a study group or seminar in your chosen area of research.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a PhD in Mathematics or Statistics at our School is at least a British first-class Honours BSc in Mathematics or Statistics or the equivalent qualification from an overseas institution (please see more information on international qualification requirements(link is external)). Ideally you should have a more advanced qualification such as MSci, MMath or MSc, in which case we expect at least an upper second in your undergraduate degree, respectively a merit in your postdgraduate degree. Successful applicants will be interviewed.

International entry requirements

Non-native English speakers are required to have minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. For detailed information on our language requirements please see the QMUL English language requirements for international students(link is external).