The School of Mathematics at Birmingham University is internationally renowned for its research in many areas of mathematics. There are flourishing research groups in algebra, analysis, applied analysis, combinatorics, fluid dynamics, numerical analysis, optimization and statistics. The main research activities in the School are summarised by the five research groups Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Theoretical and Computational Optimization, Statistics and Mathematics Education. You can find out more on our research page.
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