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Department of Mathematical Sciences

Postgraduate Admissions

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 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 opportunities

We offer a range of postgraduate degrees, both at Master (MSc) and PhD levels.

The University's minimal language requirements: postgraduate students whose first language is not English or whose first degree was awarded by a University not delivering the courses in English must demonstrate proficiency in English Language. The University's minimal language requirements for postgraduate studies in the Department of Mathematical Sciences may be found here. In all cases the relevant certificate should have been issued within two years of the programme start date.

Winton sponsors prizes in Physics and Mathematical Sciences at Durham University

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.

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

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.”

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.

Postgraduate University Wide Open Day

The Open Days will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017 and Wednesday 7 February 2018.

The November date will focus on both PGR and PGT and the February date will focus on PGT.

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.

SOFI CDT PhD positions

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

Up to 16 fully-funded four-year PhD studentships are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces for October 2017 for graduates in the physical sciences including applied mathematics.

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT) provides industrially-integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter academic and industrial sectors. SOFI CDT combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh universities, industry and central facilities. It brings together more than 50 academics from departments of Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Computing, (Applied) Mathematics and Durham University Business School.

For further information on SOFI CDT and how to apply please visit the SOFI CDT website: and

Contact us

The Postgraduate Admissions Secretary,
Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Durham,
South Road, Durham DH1 3LE.

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