Pure mathematics

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

The Pure Mathematics Group in the School of Mathematics and Statistics is made up of the Combinatorics and Algebra Group and the Dynamical Systems Groups.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

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. The themes listed below indicate general topics where research projects may be available.

Dynamical systems

  • Aperiodic order and symbolic dynamics
  • Applied analysis
  • Complex dynamics

Combinatorics and algebra

  • Combinatorial designs
  • Discrete geometry
  • Extremal and probabilistic combinatorics
  • Finite groups
  • Graph theory
  • Pattern avoiding permutations theory
  • Theory of symmetric maps on surfaces

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, some are funded by University studentships, others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

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

Postgraduate Research Tutor, School of Mathematics and Statistics
Email: STEM-MS-PhD
Phone: +44 (0)1908 655552

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.