All PhD funding opportunities will be posted on this website.
The School of Mathematical Sciences of Queen Mary University of London invite applications for a PhD project commencing at any point in the academic year for self-funded students. Please note that the deadline for funded applications was the 31st of January 2018 unless otherwise noted, and that applications for studentships to study these projects will no longer be accepted.
We have one funded project currently available, with a deadline of the 3rd October 2018. To apply, please follow the normal application process, mentioning this project in your application:
Random Operators and Related Topics [PDF 35KB], Supervisor Prof. Sasha Sodin
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 were available eligible for fully-funded students to start in the 2018-19 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).
- Analytic aspects of automorphic forms of large ramification [PDF 60KB], Supervisor Dr Abhishek Saha
- Around Tao's Algebraic Regularity Lemma [PDF 80KB], Supervisor Dr Ivan Tomasic
- Distribution of Values of l-functions and Modular Forms [PDF 51KB], Supervisor Dr Steve Lester
- Combinatorics of the Discrete Hypercube [PDF 102KB], Supervisor Dr Robert Johnson
- Isoperimetric inequalities, Erdos-Ko-Rado type problems and other topics in Extremal Combinatorics [PDF 86KB], Supervisor Dr David Ellis
- Combinatorial Optimisation Algorithms with Provable Guarantees [PDF 60KB], Supervisor Dr Justin Ward
Complex Systems and Networks
- Social Influence on Individuals' Choices: A Game-Theoretic Social Network Approach [PDF 44KB], Supervisor Prof. Vito Latora and Prof. Nejat Ambarci
Dynamical Systems and Statistical Physics
- Simulation of the HP-model of protein folding [PDF 28KB], Supervisor Prof. Thomas Prellberg
- Optimizing Granular Materials with Machine Learning [PDF 62KB], Supervisor Dr Adrian Baule
- Various PhD Projects in Dynamical Systems and Operator Theory [PDF 87KB] Supervisor Dr Oscar Bandtlow [THIS PROJECT HAS RECEIVED GUARANTEED FUNDING]
Geometry and Analysis
- Turbulence in Conformal Fluids with Gravity Duals [PDF 55KB], Supervisor Dr Pau Figueras [THIS PROJECT HAS RECEIVED GUARANTEED FUNDING]
- Unique Continuation for Geometric Wave Equations, and Applications to Relativity, Holography and Controllability [PDF 285KB],Supervisor Dr Arick Shao [THIS PROJECT HAS RECEIVED GUARANTEED FUNDING]
- Non-linear perturbations of cosmological models and black hole spacetimes [PDF 89KB],Supervisor Dr Juan A. Valiente-Kroon
- Various PhD Projects in Geometric Analysis [PDF 102KB], Supervisors Dr Reto Buzano and Dr Huy The Nguyen
- Finite noncommutative Riemannian geometries [PDF 58KB], Supervisor Prof. Shahn Majid
- Operator algebras attached to groups and group-like objects [PDF 28KB], Supervisor Dr Xin Li
Probability and Applications
- Spectral properties of random matrices with few moments [PDF 88KB], Supervisor Dr Anna Maltsev
- Calculating and communicating partition uncertainty [PDF 54KB], Supervisor Dr Silvia Liverani
- Bayesian calibration methods for cardiac electrophysiology models [PDF 53KB], Supervisor Dr Silvia Liverani
Further examples of projects previously offered can be found in our project archive.
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 Dr Mike Witcombe.
Information regarding alternative sources of funding can be found on our .
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.
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 . We strongly encourage applications from women as they are underrepresented within the School.
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:
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.