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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Postgraduate Study

The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of the leading research units in the country, with interests in a wide range of areas in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematical and theoretical physics, as well as statistics and probability. One measure of the vibrancy of our research is the number of postgraduate students we attract. There are about fifty at all times within the Department.

Postgraduate fair

We organise a fair in the autumn each year, targeted at students from Durham and further afield who are interested in postgraduate studies, at Master or PhD level. Each research group provides information on the structure and content of the postgraduate degrees falling under their remit, and the afternoon concludes with an informal get together to prolong the information session.

Futher information regarding Open Days can be found here


A World of Opportunity

Durham University is delighted to announce that Winton has sponsored five academic prizes in the University’s Departments of Physics and Mathematical Sciences.

The prizes being sponsored from the 2017/18 academic year are:

  • Winton Doctoral Prize in Physics;
  • Winton MSc Prize in Physics;
  • Winton Poster Prizes in Physics;
  • Winton Doctoral Prize in Mathematical Sciences;

PhD Opportunity-Thoeretical Physics

PhD position in Theoretical Physics at the Center for Particle Theory, Department of Mathematical Sciences Durham University

A PhD position in theoretical physics at Durham University, Department of Mathematical Sciences has opened. The position is to be supervised by Tin Sulejmanpasic. The programme is fully funded for the duration of four years for an EU* student.

During the course of the four years, the candidate is expected attend relevant courses and schools, publish scientific articles on topics that are of interest to the candidate, and ultimately write a PhD thesis. While the candidate is expected to conduct the research with his/hers mentor, they will be encouraged to seek collaborations inside and outside of the group. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to participate and develop research in quantum field theory and its application to particle, condensed matter, mathematical and/or computational physics (please write to tin.sulejmanpasic@durham.ac.uk for specific topics).

The position is to be funded by the Royal Society of London for the first two years, as part of the University Research Fellowship grant, and then by the Durham University for the remaining two years.

The successful candidate will be awarded a stipend of £15,009 per year plus the tuition fees for an EU student. The candidate will also have a budget of about £2000 for the purchase of a laptop and/or a tablet for their work, and a flexible travel budget for attending schools, workshops and conferences.

Interested candidates should contact Tin Sulejmanpasic at tin.sulejmanpasic@durham.ac.uk and apply through the Durham University website (see https://www.dur.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences/postgrads/applying/).

* Non-EU students are encouraged to apply, but they must find supplementary funding to cover tuition costs for overseas students (approximately £15,000 per year). Interested non-EU candidates who think they can secure this funding should contact Tin Sulejmanpasic at tin.sulejmanpasic@durham.ac.uk.


““We are delighted that Winton have chosen to support a number of new postgraduate prizes in our Departments of Physics and Mathematical Sciences, which will celebrate the academic excellence so prevalent within our student community here at Durham.””

Professor Patrick Hussey, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Durham’s Faculty of Science

Winton is an investment management and data science company. The firm was founded in 1997 on the belief that the application of the scientific method offers the best approach to investing. Winton’s investment decisions are driven by statistical inference based on the empirical analysis of data, rather than instinct or intuition. By finding patterns in large volumes of data, Winton’s researchers build intelligent investment systems which evolve over time. Today Winton advises on over $30billion of client assets for many of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks and fund platforms. The firm employs more than 450 people in 9 offices around the globe.

Winton’s philanthropic arm, Winton Philanthropies, is a supporter of UK science research.