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School of Mathematical Sciences

PhD projects

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


Project title Supervisor Funding
Combinatorics of Social Choice Felix Fischer CSC
Connections between optimisation and extremal combinatorics Justin Ward  

Probability and Applications

Application deadlines:

Applicants that wish to apply for the following funding sources please note that the application deadline for most funded projects is 31 January 2023 for September 2023 entry.

Other funding bodies may have different deadlines. See fees and funding for details.

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.

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 Ian Morris, 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 Population Health.

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