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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Surrey

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JUL-21, OCT-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Why choose this course

From geometry, partial differential equations to fluid dynamics, meteorology, statistics and modelling in the life sciences, mathematics at Surrey offers an extraordinary range of research opportunities that lie at the heart of the critical scientific questions of our age.

Our staff are at the forefront of their field, and offer support for innovative research courses in a lively, inspiring and intellectually stimulating environment. Our research cuts a broad swathe through both pure and applied areas of mathematics, and we’re unique in the strong emphasis we place on research at the interface between pure and applied mathematics.

As well as developing new cutting-edge mathematics, our research also involves innovative applications in areas such as data analytics, wave energy, drug development, ecology, biological systems, theoretical physics, climate change and meteorology, crime forecasting and prevention, and machine learning.

We work closely with other academics, industries and research groups, ranging from internal collaborations with the Surrey Sleep Centre, the 5G Innovation Centre, and the School of Veterinary Medicine to partnerships with other institutions from around the globe. Our national and international collaborators include Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, and the ETH Zurich as well as leading businesses such as AstraZenica, Offshore Wave Energy Limited, and government agencies such as the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

What you will study

Our PhD in Mathematics will give you extensive training for a career as a professional mathematician, ready for a future in academia, industry, or government.

You’ll work closely with one or two supervisors, who you will meet on a frequent basis to discuss your research and your career development. They will oversee your progress and offer advice throughout your PhD studies.

During your first few months of your PhD you’ll enrol and attend a series of induction events, and work with your supervisor to design a personal development plan which you’ll update throughout your PhD.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed in the first 15 months of your PhD through a confirmation report and a viva with two internal examiners. Your PhD overall will be assessed through your thesis and a viva, normally with one internal and one external examiner. You’ll also do short take-home examinations for online MAGIC courses and the assessments for MSc modules, if you take any.

Research themes

  • Epidemiology and ecology
  • Mathematical criminology
  • Cellular systems and quantitative systems pharmacology
  • Data science and statistical analysis
  • Sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Dynamical systems
  • Analysis of Hamiltonian, dissipative and delayed PDEs
  • Perturbation theory (regular and singular) and bifurcation analysis of Hamiltonian and near-Hamiltonian systems etc.

Application deadline

06 May 2021, 22 July 2021, 22 November 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,300per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Surrey

  • University League Table

    34th

  • Campus address

    University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, England

The University of Surrey has over 140 nationalities in its international community.
35% of the university’s student population is from outside the UK.
Surrey has over 90 university partners across the globe.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 72

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    141 58%

    31st

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%

    26th

    21
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%

    48th

    3

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