Mathematics (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • Our courses are taught by world-renowned faculty with a strong background in relevant areas of research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 81 per cent of our research outputs were categorised as world-leading or internationally excellent. Mathematics at Sussex is ranked in the top 25 in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • Mathematics is crucial to everyday life, from being the basis of internet banking security to verifying the safety of pharmaceuticals through statistics, and offers many career options.
  • Members of the Department maintain many collaborative links with other departments both in the UK and overseas.
  • The Department fosters an intellectually stimulating environment in which students are encouraged to develop research interests with the support of the faculty.

Programmes

  • PhD in Mathematics
  • MPhil in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics offers you the opportunity to study for an MPhil or PhD in Mathematics. We welcome applications from potential research students at any time, but funded studentships may have a specific deadline. The expected start date is in September, but students may also start in January or May.

Research training

You have informal research training to expand your knowledge in areas of mathematics related to your research topic. Training consists of contacts with your supervisors, and is supplemented by study groups, graduate seminars, research seminars, and workshop, summer school, and conference participation.

Currently there is no required formal training (coursework) for research students in the Department of Mathematics. According to your academic needs, as agreed between you and your supervisor, you take modules from a range of specialised PhD- and MSc-level modules. Research training is complemented
by professional development workshops and events specifically for research students. The Department runs weekly seminars on general and specialist topics, with international speakers.

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

Specialist facilities

Research students have a dedicated shared office space close to their supervisors’ offices and are supplied with a desktop computer. The Department has its own computing research laboratory containing several workstations and PCs. As researchers, PhD and MPhil students have full access to the University’s highperformance computing facilities.

Interaction between research students is greatly supported by the provision of a dedicated communal space and kitchen. Research students also use this space to give seminars to their peers. Our overall aim is to create an environment conducive to discussion and research collaboration at the highest level.

Recent thesis titles

A numerical approach to study cell dynamics

Analytically divergence-free discretisation methods for Darcy’s problem

LDPC codes from semipartial geometries

On blow-up solutions of parabolic problems

Primal-dual active set methods for Allen-Cahn variational inequalities

Recovery methods for evolution and non-linear problems

Topological methods for strong local minimisers and extremals of multiple integrals of calculus of variations

Entry requirements

MPhil in Mathematics

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or an MSc in mathematics.

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Additional entry information

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

PhD in Mathematics

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or an MSc in mathematics.

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Additional entry information

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Mathematics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Mathematics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

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Research in the Department focuses on the non-mutually exclusive areas of: 

Analysis and partial differential equations

Dr Filippo Cagnetti
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
F.Cagnetti@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Calculus of Variations, Partial Differential Equations

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Dr Miroslav Chlebik
Reader in Mathematics
M.Chlebik@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Calculus of Variations, Computational Complexity, Geometric Analysis, Measure Theory, Partial Differential Equations

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Dr Masoumeh Dashti
Lecturer in Mathematics
M.Dashti@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Fluid Mechanics (Continuum), Inverse Problems, Partial Differential Equations

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Dr Peter Giesl
Reader in Mathematics
P.A.Giesl@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Biomechanics, Dynamical Systems, Numerical Analysis

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Dr Gabriel Koch
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
G.Koch@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Partial Differential Equations

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Prof Michael Melgaard
Professor of Mathematics (Analysis and Partial Differential Equations)
M.Melgaard@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Analysis, Mathematics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Partial Differential Equations, Quantum dynamics, Quantum Many Body Theory, Quantum mechanics, Spectral Theory

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Dr Mariapia Palombaro
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
M.Palombaro@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Mathematics

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Dr Ali Taheri
Reader In Mathematics
A.Taheri@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Calculus of Variations, Geometric Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Real Analysis, Topology

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Dr Qi Tang
Reader in Mathematics
Q.Tang@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Stochastic integral-differential equations

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Geometry and topology

Dr Roger Fenn
Associate Tutor
R.A.Fenn@sussex.ac.uk

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Prof James Hirschfeld
Tutorial Fellow in Mathematics
JWPH@sussex.ac.uk

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Mathematics applied to biology

Dr Konstantin Blyuss
Senior Lecturer In Mathematics
K.Blyuss@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Mathematics, Epidemiology, Immunology, Mathematical and Computational Biology, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical modelling, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos

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Dr Istvan Kiss
Reader In Mathematics
I.Z.Kiss@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Biology, Network Theory and Complexity, Stochastic Processes

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Dr Yuliya Kyrychko
Reader in Mathematics
Y.Kyrychko@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Mathematics, Delay Differential Equations, Feedback control, Mathematical modelling, Networks of coupled systems, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Synchronisation

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Prof Anotida Madzvamuse
Professor of Mathematical&ComputationalBiology'RSW Research Merit Award Holder'
A.Madzvamuse@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: computational biology, Coupled bulk-surface models, Dynein transport models, evolving surface finite element, Keratin spatio-temporal models, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical modelling, moving grid finite element, Optimal control of Geometric PDES, Parameter Identification, Pattern Formation, Reaction-diffusion, Scientific Computing

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Numerical analysis and scientific computing

Dr Bertram Duering
Reader in Mathematics
B.During@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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Dr Max Jensen
Senior Lecturer In Mathematics
M.Jensen@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Financial Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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Dr Omar Lakkis
Senior Lecturer
O.Lakkis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Mathematics, Computational Methods and Tools, Mathematics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Numerical Analysis, Stochastic PDEs

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Prof Charalambos Makridakis
Professor Of Mathematics
C.Makridakis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Multiscale Modelling, Numerical Analysis for Differential Equations

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Dr Vanessa Styles
Reader In Mathematics
V.Styles@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Computational Partial Differential Equations, Mathematical and Computational Biology, Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations

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Probability and statistics

Dr Nicos Georgiou
Senior Lecturer
N.Georgiou@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Probability, Probability Theory

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Prof Enrico Scalas
Professor Of Statistics & Probability
E.Scalas@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Econophysics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Monte Carlo simulations, Probability Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Stochastic Processes

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Dr Dimitrios Tsagkarogiannis
Senior Lecturer
D.Tsagkarogiannis@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Probability, Statistical Mechanics

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Careers and perspectives

Our research degrees provide training and experience in advanced mathematical techniques, preparing you for a position in business, industry, government or academia.

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Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Mathematics, Postgraduate Admissions, 
School Office, Pevensey II, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9QH, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 873254 
E msc@maths.sussex.ac.uk
E phd@maths.sussex.ac.uk 

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Meet with Sussex staff in your country at exhibitions, visits to schools and universities, and at a wide range of other events. Forthcoming visits are planned all over the world:

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