Welcome to the Postgraduate Research (PGR) website. Here you will find information for PGR students currently studying in the School of Mathematical Sciences and their supervisors. As a member of the School of Mathematical Sciences we look forward to your ongoing contribution to our vibrant research culture. Please note that there is a SMS PhD Handbook 2017-18 [PDF 1,546KB] (Handbook 2017-18) which provides more detail on many of the topics on this website.
Key staff responsible for the delivery of the PhD programme
- The Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (PGRD): Dr Reto Buzano(link sends e-mail). Dr Buzano has overall responsibility for the School of Mathematical Sciences PhD programmes.
- The School is divided into 6 Research Groups:
- Algebra – Head of Group: Professor Leonard Soicher(link sends e-mail)
- Combinatorics – Head of Group: Professor Bill Jackson
- Complex Systems and Networks – Head of Group: Professor Vito Latora
- Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics – Head of Group: Professor Christian Beck
- Geometry and Analysis – Head of Group: Dr Juan Valiente-Kroon(link sends e-mail)
- Probability and Applications – Head of Group: Professor Alexander Gnedin
- The Postgraduate Research Programmes Officer: Dr Mike Witcombe. He is based in the School Office (room 101), in the Maths Building. Mike can help you with any general administrative queries you encounter during the course of your studies.
- The Education Manager: Simon Rawstron(link sends e-mail). Simon’s role involves managing the teaching and learning strategy of the School of Mathematical Sciences, which includes postgraduate research matters.
- The Student Support Officer: William Ng. The role of the Student Support Officer is to provide pastoral care to all students within the School of Mathematical Sciences, as well as being the link between students, the School and Queen Mary.
Contact information and office hours for all staff within the School of Mathematical Sciences can be found here.
Guide for Postgraduate Research Students and their Supervisors
You should ensure you familiarise yourself with our SMS PhD Handbook 2017-18 [PDF 1,546KB]
PhD Training and Mentorship Seminars
All PhD students in the School of Mathematical Sciences are welcome to take part in the Training and Mentorship seminars run by Dr Cecilia Busuioc and Dr Chris Joyner. These fortnightly meetings are tailored to the specific needs of Maths PhD students, and cover everything from teaching practice to professional development. For more information, please see the Seminar Website(link is external).
Learning Development works with students at any level from any subject discipline, undergraduate or postgraduate, to become more effective in their academic work. They can help with aspects of study including reading effectively, writing, exam technique, revision, note-taking, time-management, critical thinking, avoiding plagiarism, presentation skills and group work. Throughout the year they run one-to-one tutorials, drop-ins, retreats and various workshops. They also host the Royal Literary Fund (RLF) Writing Fellows. For more information on the range of services they offer, and to book a tutorial or workshop, check www.learningdevelopment.qmul.ac.uk(link is external).
Navigating our website
If you have just started, or are about to start, your PhD studies try navigating to "Student induction" on the menu to the left. "Key dates" sets out the main events of the calendar at a glance. "Assessment and Progression" presents only an overview of the topic, so make sure you refer to the SMS PhD Handbook 2017-18 [PDF 1,546KB](Handbook 2017-18) for further detail. Our "Forms" section includes copies of, or links to, all of the forms which you are required to complete for various purposes. This section will be useful for you, your supervisor and your assessors throughout your studies.
The Postgraduate Research Committee
The Postgraduate Research Committee meets formally twice a year. It is chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies. The other members are the School’s Heads of Research Groups, the Director of Research, the Deputy Director of Graduate Studies, the Head of School, the PGR Admissions team and postgraduate research student representatives. The PGR Programmes Officer acts as secretary to this committee. The remit of this Committee covers every aspect of the teaching and training of postgraduate research students, from office accommodation to annual assessment procedures. Decisions concerning the progression of individual students are delegated to the Director of Graduate Studies.
The PhD Forum
The PhD Forum gives our PhD students a platform to raise issues or concerns directly with members of senior management. These meetings take place twice a year, once in the autumn and once in the spring. All students are invited (and encouraged!) to come to these meetings, or to raise issues with the Postgraduate Representatives (for details of current representatives, please see the PGR Handbook).
If things go wrong
If you have a problem, the most important thing to do is to talk to someone about it. This someone could be your first or second supervisor, your Postgraduate Tutor, the Director of Postgraduate Studies, the Head of School, the Student Support Officer, any other member of staff, your student representative or another research student. If the problem is one you prefer not to discuss with a member of the School, you can obtain help and advice directly from the Queen Mary Advice and Counselling Service(link is external).
Templates for PhD theses
Students who require a LaTeX template for their thesis are advised to adapt this template created by E. Nalson, a former QMUL PhD student. Note that the thesis template may require modifications to meet current Queen Mary standards. Please check the Research Degrees Office thesis requirements(link is external) to find out more.