Pure Mathematics PhD

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

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:
£4,500 (UK students)
£18,450 (International Students)
Further fee information is available.

The Pure Mathematics group is at the forefront of research in contemporary aspects of Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, Geometry and Mathematical Physics.

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Information for future students and applicants

The School of Mathematics is home to a rich and diverse community of researchers in Pure Mathematics, and provides many exciting opportunities for postgraduate study.

Research degrees are organised around five broad themes: Algebra; Analysis; Combinatorics, Probability and Algorithms; Geometry and Mathematical Physics; Topology and Dynamical Systems.

The Pure Mathematics Group is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment that supports talent and encourages creativity. Training is provided through individual supervision of research, regular seminar series and study groups in each of the themes, advanced taught courses, and participation in research networks, workshops and conferences.

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

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Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Tuition Fees 2021/22 academic year:

  • £4,500 UK students, full-time
  • £2,500 UK students, part-time
  • £18,450 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.

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Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

Further information is available at the student finance zone.

Scholarships

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.

We award up to ten EPSRC doctoral training grants each year to eligible UK 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.

How To Apply

International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/.

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
 

International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/.

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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