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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.

Access a presentation on Postgraduate Opportunities and Funding by Professor John Parker, Director of Postgraduate Studies.

The University's minimal language requirements for postgraduate studies in the Department of Mathematical Sciences are, for students whose first language is not English or whose first degree was awarded by a University not delivering the courses in English: an overall band score of 6.5 in the IELTS test (with no element below 6.0). In all cases the relevant certificate should have been issued within two years of the programme start date.

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.

Science Without Borders

Durham University is one of 70 UK universities participating in the Science without Borders Programme. This scheme awards scholarships to outstanding Brazilian scientists and students for one-year study abroad programmes, full PhDs, Sandwich PhDs and exchange at postdoctoral research level. Further details may be found at:

23 April 2015 is the deadline for the current Science without Borders call for Brazilian students planning to start their studies between November 2015 and February 2016. The decision would be posted by 14 August 2015. The next call will end on 21 August 2015 (decisions will be made in October 2015 and published in December 2015); successful applicants wil start their PhD studies between March and June 2016.

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.