Applied Mathematics PhD

Postgraduate doctoral research degree in Applied Mathematics PhD/MSc by Research:

Training is provided through individual supervision of research, by advanced seminar courses and conferences, and by generic courses. 

The PhD degree usually involves a qualifying dissertation submitted during the second year of study, which is helpful training for writing the PhD thesis.

Training is provided through individual supervision of research, by advanced seminar courses and conferences, and by generic courses. The PhD degree usually involves a qualifying dissertation submitted during the second year of study, which is helpful training for writing the PhD thesis.

The Applied Mathematics Research Group works on a wide variety of topics in a range of areas such as applied analysis, fluid mechanics, mathematical biology, financial mathematics and computational mathematics.

The research in applied analysis studies reaction-diffusion equations, nonlinear waves and perturbation theory. Inverse problems are also an active area of investigation. 

The area of fluid mechanics is a traditional research field in the School. Active research is pursued in the areas of bubble dynamics and biological and physiological fluid mechanics, dynamic wetting, flows with transitions in the topology of the flow domain, dynamics of liquid jets and drops, flows with phase transitions, fuel cells and many more. A School supercomputer is available for research. Research students' work often arises from industrially motivated problems or develops new directions in existing research projects.

Research in Computational Mathematics includes numerical solution of partial differential equations, design and analysis of algorithms for large-scale problems, numerical linear algebra and matrix analysis.

The area of financial mathematics represents a new and exciting field of research. Topics of research including both modelling and computational finance and may be pursued in the School or in collaboration with the School of Economics.

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Why study this course

The School of Mathematics has a strong research culture, with researchers of international stature in each of its main specialisms.

We have:

  • around 50 members of academic staff
  • around 60 full-time postgraduate students (UK, EU and International)
  • regular research seminars and specialist meetings providing a stimulating research environment and opportunities to interact with international experts; see the Birmingham Mathematics Institute

Currently thriving at Birmingham are the following research groups: Applied Mathematics: applied analysis, financial mathematics, fluid mechanics, mathematical biology, nonlinear waves, scientific computing Theoretical and Computational Optimization: mathematical theory and methods applicable to managerial decision-making, particularly non-linear, discrete, and multi-criteria optimization Pure Mathematics: algebra, analysis, combinatorics and logic Statistics: nonparametric, robust methods, time series analysis and medical statistics

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for 2015/2016 are as follows:

  • £4,090 for home/EU students
  • £13,195 for international students

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Scholarships and studentships
We award up to ten home/EU EPSRC doctoral training grants each year to eligible students. In exceptional circumstances fully-funded School doctoral training grants may be awarded. Additional income can often be generated by tutorial and marking work. Alternatively email

International students can often gain funding through partial School scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

Standard English language requirements apply.

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We are internationally renowned for our world-leading research, which involves international and multidisciplinary collaboration. We have strong research groups in algebra, analysis, combinatorics, continuum mechanics, initiatives and infrastructures, mathematical biology, nonlinear systems, numerical analysis, statistics, and theoretical and computational optimization.

The Applied Mathematics Group is recognised for world leading and internationally excellent research and has collaborations with researchers from industry, healthcare, and other areas of science and engineering.

Visit our Applied Mathematics research group website for further information.

Teaching and Learning

Training is provided through individual supervision of research, by advanced seminar courses and conferences, and through MAGIC taught courses (see below). The PhD degree involves a qualifying dissertation submitted during the second year of study. We expect students to give seminars, attend conferences and present papers, preparing them for professional life.

A successful PhD student will produce independent and original research work which should contribute to knowledge in the chosen field. This should be an exciting and extremely rewarding experience.

The School of Mathematics is a founding member of MAGIC, the 'Mathematics Access Grid: Instruction and Collaboration'. This is an interactive video conferencing resource, which is used to present lectures to postgraduate students across the whole of England. Our postgraduate lectures are broadcast to about 20 English universities and our students have the opportunity to collaborate with students and academics in other universities. This is a very exciting development and means that postgraduate students will have access to lecturers not available on their own campus.

All PhD students must take five 10 credit graduate level courses during their first three years of study. These are typically MAGIC courses, but they can also be courses presented at Summer Schools or final year undergraduate courses.

We have a vibrant postgraduate society called BUMPS which provides an active social network for research students.

Our webpage for current postgraduate students includes:

  • a comprehensive guide for PhD students
  • a list of recent theses

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