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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 competition funded studentships was 31 January 2020, unless stated otherwise.
  • The deadline for applications for China Scholarship Council PhD studentships was12 January 2020.
  • The deadline for application for Islamic Development Bank Scholarships was 28 February 2020.
  • 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


PhD projects in Combinatorics

PhD Projects in Complex Systems and Networks

PhD projects in Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics


PhD projects in Geometry and Analysis


PhD projects in Statistics and Data Science



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.