PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Mathematics

Mathematics is crucial to everyday life – from being the basis of internet banking security to verifying the safety of pharmaceuticals through statistics.

You’ll work in a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, guided and supported by experts in the fields of:

  • analysis and partial differential equations
  • geometry and topology
  • mathematical physics
  • mathematics applied to biology
  • numerical analysis and scientific computing
  • probability and statistics.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us.

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

My research focuses on modelling tumours – I enjoy splitting my time between programming and analysis. The Department is warm and welcoming, with a community feel.”Joe Eyles
Mathematics PhD

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Analysis and Partial Differential Equations

    Dr Filippo Cagnetti
    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
    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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  • Mathematical Physics

    Prof Xavier Calmet
    Professor of Physics
    X.Calmet@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, General Relativity, Information Theory, Mathematical Physics, Particle astrophysics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Metrology, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics

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    Prof Claudia Eberlein
    Professor Of Theoretical Physics
    claudia@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Applied Quantum Field Theory, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atoms and Applications, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), Quantum Field Theory, Quantum optics, Theoretical Physics

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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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    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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  • 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
    Senior Lecturer
    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
    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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Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above or an MSc in mathematics.

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.

English language requirements

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

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Commonwealth Scholarship (2017)

Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s and PhD study in the UK are offered for citizens of developing Commonwealth countries.

Application deadline:

29 March 2017

Find out more about the Commonwealth Scholarship

Dan Hunt PhD studentship: Quantum technology for finance and other commercial applications (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

23 March 2017

Find out more about the Dan Hunt PhD studentship: Quantum technology for finance and other commercial applications

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

Marie-Curie Visiting PhD fellowship on the modelling and computation of shocks and interfaces (2017)

A limited term Visiting fellowship for a UK or EU fellow, with living allowance and fee waiver.

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the Marie-Curie Visiting PhD fellowship on the modelling and computation of shocks and interfaces

PhD Studentship in Molecular Physics (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship in Molecular Physics

PhD studentship in Ultrafast Photonics within the European Research Council (ERC) project TIMING (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 May 2017

Find out more about the PhD studentship in Ultrafast Photonics within the European Research Council (ERC) project TIMING

PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.