School of Mathematical Sciences

Projects and research themes

All PhD funding opportunities will be posted on this website.

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London invites applications for a PhD project commencing either in September 2019 for students seeking funding, or at any point in the academic year for self-funded students. The deadline for funded applications is 31 January 2019 for most funded studentships, or 14 January 2019 if you wish to be considered for the Alan Turing Institute studentship.

The School of Mathematical Sciences is committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. As holders of a Bronze Athena SWAN award we offer family friendly benefits and support part-time study. Further information is available here. We strongly encourage applications from women as they are underrepresented within the School.

The School welcomes applications from candidates applying through the China Scholarship Council (CSC) funding scheme. We currently have several students who are studying with us under this scheme, and are always keen to hear from more potential applicants.

The below projects are eligible for fully-funded students to start in the 2019-20 academic year, with funding awarded on a competitive basis unless otherwise noted (i.e. projects will only receive funding if an applicant is deemed to rank highly when compared to applicants to other projects). 

PhD projects in Algebra and Number Theory


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



Enquiries and Further Information

For any general enquiries regarding the above PhD studentships please contact Dr Steve Lester (Pure Maths) or Prof. Franco Vivaldi (Applied Maths). For more administrative queries about the PhD programme at Queen Mary, please contact Katie Hale at

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.