Academic staff in the Department of Mathematics carry out pioneering research which is making an impressive impact on the world stage. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the department was ranked second in the UK for research impact.
The department has 20 staff performing research in a number of areas of pure, applied and applicable mathematics, probability and statistics, and information security.
The main research interests in the department can be grouped into the following areas
- Discrete Mathematics and its Applications
- Number Theory
- Quantum Dynamics
- Statistics and Probability.
From time to time, we make changes to our courses to improve the student and learning experience, and this is particularly the case as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. If we make a significant change to your chosen course, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.
Research facilities and environment
PhD students have access to excellent computing facilities in the Department. In addition, staff members hold workshops and discussion meetings in a variety of areas on a regular basis.
There are weekly seminars from national and international speakers.
PhD researchers also benefit from Royal Holloway’s access to world-class research and library facilities in London and to advanced postgraduate courses in their research field shared with other University of London Colleges through the London Taught Course Centre.
Once the research has been successfully completed the student must write and submit a final report in the form of a PhD research thesis. This will be evaluated by at least two experts and the student will be invited to attend an oral examination where they must satisfactorily defend their thesis.
The minimum entry requirement for an MPhil or an MPhil leading to a PhD degree is the equivalent of a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree in an appropriate subject, although in many cases a Masters (or MSci) level qualification will also be expected. Candidates must also be demonstrably proficient in English.
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
- TOEFL ib: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.
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Your future career
Our PhD students have a high employability rate. Our Mathematics PhD students either continue on the academic route by taking up Post-Doctoral research positions at other institutions or move, for example, into the Financial Sector. Many of the skills acquired by Mathematics PhD students are in demand outside of Academia.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £4,345
International students tuition fee per year**: £17,800
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course