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Applied mathematics

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Researchers in applied mathematics are housed in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, and study a broad range of topics. The Applied Mathematics group works at the highest level in several areas, including theoretical physics relating to statistical physics, solid-state physics, and applications of fluid dynamics to aerosol science, meteorology and astrophysics.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent), ideally with a significant project component indicating aptitude for mathematical research

Potential research projects

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for one of the research projects listed on the School of Mathematics and Statistics’ PhD recruitment page. Projects in Applied Mathematics are likely to focus on the following themes:
  • Condensed matter theory: photoconduction and hopping conductivity; spintronics and magnetoresistance
  • Mathematical physics: aperiodic order; dynamical systems theory
  • Statistical physics: particles in complex flows; statistical mechanics of surfaces and interfacial phenomena; a test-tube model for rainfall; planet formation and gravitational collapse
  • Other topics: energy research; magnetic imaging inverse problems; mathematical biology; quantum information.

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Director of Research, School of Mathematics and Statistics
+44 (0)1908 655552

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.