Pure Mathematics PhD

Start date
Contact us for start date.
Duration
PhD: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Doctoral research
Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
£4,380 (UK/EU students)
£17,580 (International Students)
Further fee information is available.

The Pure Mathematics group contributes to research in various parts of algebra, analysis, combinatorics model theory and set theory. We are recognised as one of the leading centres in the European Union for research in Extremal Combinatorics group theory and real analysis.

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.

Why study Pure Mathematics PhD at Birmingham?

  • The School of Mathematics has a strong research culture, with researchers of international stature in each of its main specialisms.
  • The University of Birmingham is one of the prestigious Russell group research-intensive Universities in the UK. The School of Mathematics attracts gifted graduate students from across the world.
  • The School collaborates widely with multiple disciplines, including Biological and Medical Sciences, Chemical Engineering and within industry. 
  • Learn from world leaders in their fields.

Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Tuition Fees 2020/21 academic year:

  • £4,380 UK/EU students, full-time
  • £2,190 UK/EU students, part-time
  • £17,580 International students, full-time

Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD. You will be able to apply for funding for the 2018 to 2019 academic year in summer 2018.

Follow the video link below to find out more
Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

Further information is available at the student finance zone.

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

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.


For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

How To Apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in a Mathematics-related subject, or a lower degree plus an MSc or substantial relevant experience. Learn more about entry requirements

International Requirements



International Students

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

 

IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band is equivalent to:

  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 51 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced – minimum overall score of 169, with no less than 162 in any component

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.

Visit our Pure Mathematics research group website for further information.

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