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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.


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;
  • Winton MSc Prize in Mathematical Sciences.

““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.