How to apply 


The School of Mathematics is keen to attract students to engage in research mathematics and invite applications to our PhD programme.  Our experience in the school is that a diverse academic community stimulates  creative ideas and approaches to solutions to problems.

Anyone who is passionate about mathematics will find our community to be a safe and welcoming space. We particularly welcome applications from under represented communities. To be accepted onto the programme students must be enthusiastic about continuing to study mathematics and normally have  a mathematically-based undergraduate degree  equivalent to a UK upper-second or first class MSci degree.  We are always open for applications  with start dates in January and September each year.   However, applicants should be aware that scholarships are normally awarded for September starts and are available until they are all awarded.  

We will automatically consider all successful  applicants to the PhD programme for a scholarship but applicants should be aware of the following deadline which is shortly before  our January scholarship meeting.

 23:59, 9th January, 2023.

The School offers a mentoring scheme for the application process for students from underrepresented groups, for example this may include (but is not limited to) students with disabilities, students from ethnic minority backgrounds, female or nonbinary students, first generation students, or students from the LGBTQ+ community. If you identify with an underrepresented group in mathematics, we strongly encourage you to  contact  the School of Mathematics Equality and Diversity leads, Dr Sara Jabbari or  Professor Olga Maleva, to take part in this mentoring. (Please note, these contacts are for the mentoring scheme enquiries only). General questions should be directed to the PGR administrator. 

To apply to be a postgraduate mathematics student at Birmingham (either MRes or PhD) you should complete an on-line application. Instructions on how to do this and about the information which is required can be found there.

Next Application Deadline

 23:59,  9th January, 2023.

We encourage applicants to make contact with individual members of staff to find out further information about particular research areas.