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

Mathematics

Mathematics is the basis of every applied science – from physics to the social sciences.

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.

Areas of study

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

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at mpsresearchsupport@sussex.ac.uk

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

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

Lower level (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.

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:

15 August 2017

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

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 SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay (2017)

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

Application deadline:

31 August 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship in SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay

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:

30 September 2017

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

PhD Studentship: Advanced microchips for quantum technology devices (2017)

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

Application deadline:

15 August 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Advanced microchips for quantum technology devices

PhD Studentship: Developing a portable quantum sensor (2017)

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

Application deadline:

15 August 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Developing a portable quantum sensor

PhD studentship: Developing a trapped-ion quantum computer demonstrator device (2017)

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

Application deadline:

15 August 2017

Find out more about the PhD studentship: Developing a trapped-ion quantum computer demonstrator device

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

PhD Studentship: Quantum algorithms on a trapped-ion quantum co-processor (2017)

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

Application deadline:

15 August 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Quantum algorithms on a trapped-ion quantum co-processor

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.