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Postgraduate research programmes

Postgraduate research programmes

The Department of Mathematics runs an active PhD research programme covering an array of topics.

The Mathematics Department carries out high quality research in a broad range of in pure, applied and applicable mathematics, probability and statistics, quantum dynamics and information security. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the department was ranked second in the UK for research impact.

We welcome applications for Postgraduate Research studies at any time.  We usually have a number of fully funded College Fellowships which are offered on a competitive basis.

Under the link Research at the bottom of this page you should first find a member(s) of staff who best represents your research interests. You should email them to see if they are willing to act as supervisor for your PhD project. You may prefer to negotiate a title and topic with whoever you feel is best suited for your project. You will then have to submit an application; see the section How to apply on how to do this.

We also advertise specific research projects that require PhD students on the website FindAPhD.com. For an up-to-date list of projects, see below or click here.

For further information about our PhD programme, please email maths@rhul.ac.uk 

Candidates should apply using the University's online application system. Please read carefully all the information on the application process including English language requirements.

You will need to upload the following items:

  • a research topic/area and the name of a potential supervisor(s);
  • a cover letter describing your reasons for wishing to pursue a PhD in the proposed area, including why you think that you are qualified to do research in that area;
  • a short research proposal where you expand on your research topic: why the topic is important, and what are the research contributions that you would like to make;
  • a current CV;
  • any documents proving your actual or expected degree classifications, as well as results of any previous University examinations; 
  • one academic reference.

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