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School of Mathematical Sciences

PhD projects

The School of Mathematical Sciences invites applications for the following PhD projects.

Application deadlines:

The deadline for applications for QMUL, School and EPSRC DTP competition funded PhD studentships for September 2021 entry: 27 January 2021.

The deadline for applications for China Scholarship Council PhD studentships for September 2021 entry: 27 January 2021.

We welcome applications from self-funded students throughout the year.

Projects with guaranteed funding may be added throughout the year and will state the application deadline in the project listing.

PhD projects in Algebra and Number Theory

Project TitleSupervisor
Automorphic forms: arithmetic and analytic interfaces [PDF 413KB]  Dr. Abhishek Saha


PhD projects in Combinatorics

Project TitleSupervisor

PhD Projects in Complex Systems and Networks

Project TitleSupervisor
Modelling stochastic processes in evolutionary games of resistance to cancer treatment [PDF 519KB]

Dr. Weini Huand and Dr. Dudley Stark 

Deadline: Provisionally 31 January 2021 for April 2021 or July 2021 start

Structure and dynamics of simplicial complexes [PDF 540KB] Prof. Ginestra Bianconi
Network modelling of spatial distributions from large data sets [PDF 84KB] Dr. Vincenzo Nicosia

PhD projects in Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics

Project TitleSupervisor
Random Walks in Restricted Domains and Standard Young Tableaux [PDF 422KB] Prof. Thomas Prellberg
Active anomalous stochastic search [PDF 538KB] Dr. Rainer Klages
Non-Markovian statistical mechanics: theory and applications [PDF 443KB] Dr. Rosemary Harris


PhD projects in Probability and Applications

Project TitleSupervisor
Parametric Complexity Reduction in Finance [PDF 139KB] Dr. Kathrin Glau
Numerical Methods for High-Dimensional Problems in Finance [PDF 139KB] Dr. Kathrin Glau
Potential Theory of Regenerative Compositions [PDF 114KB] Prof. Alexander Gnedin

Enquiries and Further Information

For any general enquiries regarding the above PhD studentships please contact Dr Alex Fink, the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, or Dr Steve Lester, the Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. For more administrative queries about the PhD programme at Queen Mary, please contact Katie Hale, the PGR Programmes Officer.

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.