Mathematics and Statistics

The School of Mathematics and Statistics has an active research programme covering a wide range of topics in the mathematical sciences, with weekly seminars, and several workshops and conferences throughout the year. It is home to a number of research fellows, visiting researchers and full- and part-time research students.

The main period for PhD student recruitment in the School is between October and March (for study commencing in the following October), although opportunities occasionally arise at other times of the year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for projects specified by potential supervisors, rather than proposing their own. 

The School of Mathematics and Statistics provides a friendly and flexible working environment, where diversity is celebrated and welcomed. The School is active in challenging injustice and promoting equitable treatment for those from marginalised or under-represented groups and holds an Athena Swan Silver award for its work in promoting gender equality. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates with protected characteristics.

Key facts

  • EPSRC PhD studentships are available
  • Other full-time and part-time studentships also available
  • Annual travel allowance of £1,250 for funded studentships
  • International applicants welcomed to a diverse PhD student group
  • Friendly, supportive School community


Most of our full-time research students are based at our Milton Keynes campus; for details of residence requirements for different modes of study see Full-time study and Part-time study.




Find your research topic

Explore specific areas of research, current and prospective projects, entry requirements, fees and funding, available supervisors, how to apply and contact details for advice.

Applied mathematics and theoretical physics

History of mathematics

Mathematical biology

Mathematics education

Pure mathematics



Nothing can replace the thrill and satisfaction you get when you finally solve a mathematical problem after several attempts. I also like the fact that my research is multidisciplinary in the sense that it is not just about the mathematics alone, but also about the physics of the problem in question as well.

Michael EwetolaPhD Graduate, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics