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Apply for a PhD Degree

Application procedure

We strongly encourage applicants to submit applications as early as possible. The next admissions cycle for postgraduate applications will open at the start of October 2023. There is no formal deadline for applications, but we encourage you to apply by December 2023 if possible.

More information about the application procedure, including specific details for applying to the different research areas, can be found on the Research Degrees webpage.

Students are formally admitted to the University via a College or Society of the University and the Graduate School. Applications should be submitted online through Durham University's Postgraduate Applicant Portal; see the Postgraduate Research webpages for more details. If it is not possible for you to complete the online application form, please contact the department:

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary

Department of Mathematical Sciences

University of Durham

South Rd

Durham DH1 3LE

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3050
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 3051

Reference letters and Curriculum Vitae should be sent to the above address too.


The department welcomes enquiries about postgraduate admission. Below is a list of people with PhD admission responsibilities. Do not hesitate to contact them if you have further queries.

Degree/Area Contact Person Email
PhD in Applied and Computational Analysis Dr Djoko Wirosoetisno
PhD in Mathematical and Theoretical Particle Physics Dr Mathew Bullimore
PhD in Pure Mathematics Prof. Herbert Gangl
PhD in Statistics Dr Georgios Karagiannis
PhD in Probability Dr Tyler Helmuth