School of Mathematics research

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School of Mathematics ranked 6th in UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research outputs

The School of Mathematics is very pleased to have achieved a very good performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The School ranked an impressive 6 out of 53 in terms of world leading and internationally excellent research outputs.

Learn more about our REF results.

Research activities

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 listed below. 

Pure Mathematics

The Pure Mathematics Group has internationally renowned research groups in algebra, analysis and combinatorics.

Applied Mathematics

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.

Theoretical and Computational Optimization

The main focus of the research activity of the group is on mathematical theory and methods applicable to managerial decision-making, particularly non-linear, discrete, and multi-criteria optimization. Research is typically a mixture of theoretical investigation and practical application or industrial collaboration.


The main interests of this group are multivariate nonparametric statistics, nonparametric smoothing and wavelet based methods, time series analysis, mutual information, statistical computing, applications in bioinformatics, medical sciences, economics and neuroscience.  The group also has strong inter-disciplinary research links with other internationally acclaimed research groups.

Our mathematics colloquium is held twice a term, and there are weekly seminars for each research group.