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Up to 4 fully-funded PhD studentships in Mathematics at the University of Surrey

Department of Mathematics

About the Programme

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey is offering up to 4 fully funded PhD studentships across its vibrant research groups, which focus on topics such as data science, life and social sciences, fluid mechanics, dynamical systems and PDEs and mathematical physics.

Successful applicants will be part of a strong research-focussed department consisting of internationally recognised potential supervisors, supported by a community of ambitious early career researchers. As a PhD student you will be extensively trained for a career as a professional mathematician, which will set you on the right track for a future in academia, industry or government.

During your PhD you will also receive a comprehensive training in professional skills such as project management, communication and time management through our Faculty Graduate School. In addition, you will broaden your mathematical horizons by taking courses via national networks such as the MAGIC consortium as well as our own in-house MSc programme.


We are seeking high-quality PhD candidates to work on research projects in all our research groups. Possible PhD projects include, but are not limited to, the following list:

·        Data-driven modelling and machine learning for biological applications

·        Modelling Surrey Police data using data science

·        Mathematical modelling, data science or dynamical systems analysis of sleep regulation

·        From signal processing to biology: Application of stochastic filtering to model bio-system dynamics

·        Design of Experiments: investigation of observation loss in row column designs

·        Incompressible buckling and non-uniqueness of minimizers in the Calculus of Variations.

·        Attractor signatures from ECG data for the detection of arrhythmias

·        Hydrodynamic models of hybrid quantum-classical systems

·        Quantitative Systems Pharmacology: mechanistic models for pre-clinical cancer drug trials

·        Massless scattering, spin-chains and thermodynamic Bethe ansatz in the integrable AdS3/CFT2 and AdS2/CFT1 correspondences

·        Nonlinear structures in vortices with radial density variations.

·        Analysis of `pressure functionals' and associated PDE in Nonlinear Elasticity

For information on other possible PhD research areas check out our research pages, and informal discussions with academics via email is encouraged. For more information on the Mathematics PhD programme at Surrey, check out our website.

How to Apply

To make a formal application you should complete the University online PhD application form. In the `Research Proposal’ document of the application form please discuss your favourite research areas, any research experience you may have, and your preferred PhD research area. Once your application is received, it is reviewed by the relevant academics, who may contact you to arrange a formal interview.

Applications are considered on a continuous basis, and there is no fixed deadline for the majority of our studentships. However, it is recommended that you apply early.

We place great value on equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome candidates from all backgrounds. We are seeking to increase the diversity within our community and would encourage applications from under-represented groups, including female candidates, people from black, asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities. Studentships will always be offered on merit.

Informal applications about the application procedure can be made to the Mathematics Postgraduate Research Director via .

Funding Notes

Each PhD studentship is fully-funded, including fees and a tax-free stipend, at UKRI studentship rates covered for the duration of 3 to 4 years for UK candidates. International candidates are welcome to apply but will need to cover the difference between the UK and overseas fees.

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