Postgraduate doctoral research degree in Pure Mathematics PhD/MSc by Research:
There are opportunities for postgraduate research in Pure Mathematics, especially in the areas of algebra, analysis, combinatorics and graph theory. 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.
There are opportunities for postgraduate research in Pure Mathematics, especially in the areas of algebra, analysis, combinatorics and graph theory. 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 Pure Mathematics group contributes to research in various parts of algebra, analysis, combinatorics model theory, and , set theory. . Birmingham is recognised as one of the leading centres in the European Union for research in Extremal Combinatorics group theory and real analysis.
School of Mathematics
The School of Mathematics has a strong research culture, with researchers of international stature in each of its main specialisms.
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
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. For more information contact the School directly or email email@example.com.
International students can often gain funding through partial School scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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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 Pure Mathematics Group has internationally renowned research groups in algebra, analysis and combinatorics. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) over half of our research outputs were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Visit our Pure 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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