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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

PhD degrees

The degree is awarded on successful completion of a thesis based on original research carried out over a period of between three and four years, depending on the subject area, under the guidance of your supervisor. Most of the first year is usually spent deepening your knowledge by attending courses and seminars and by reading books and papers. Students belonging to the Centre for Particle Theory will normally follow CPT lecture courses in their first year.

Please note that applicants will be allocated two supervisors, for the majority of people this will be decided upon offer, however for the Centre for Particle Theory group the supervisory team will be assigned after the lecture courses have got underway, by mutual agreement between staff and students.

Consult our research webpages for more information about the scientific activities we are engaged in, and about the areas of mathematics in which you might be supervised.

You are encouraged to apply early:

Students from other universities

Students studying elsewhere for higher degrees are most welcome to spend a term or two in Durham. For attendance at one term of the graduate lecture course the fee is 1/4 of the normal yearly fee for postgraduate study. Library and computing facilities are freely available to such students, as well as seminars, the journal club and the preprint collection. There are also opportunities for a small number of students to come to Durham under the Erasmus/Socrates scheme

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