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EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Partial Differential Equations: Analysis & Applications

University of Oxford- Mathematical Institute

Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) are at the heart of many scientific advances. The behaviour of every material object in nature, with time scales ranging from picoseconds to millennia and length scales ranging from sub-atomic to astronomical, can be modelled by deterministic and stochastic PDEs or by equations with similar features.

We seek outstanding students to undertake our 4-year DPhil research programme with the central aim of developing highly trained, outstanding mathematicians with deep expertise and interdisciplinary skills in the analysis and applications of PDEs and related Core Mathematics and its Interfaces..

Training Structure

The programme begins with an intensive first year of training with courses focused upon PDEs in Analysis; Nonlinear Analysis and Applications; Stochastic Analysis; Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing. There will also be topic courses and two mini-projects.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Partial Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications

The objective of the first year is to both teach you about PDEs and allow you to work with them solving problems.

In years 2-4 you will conduct research towards your DPhil thesis. In this you will be aided by study groups with students having similar interests, collaborative workshops, seminars, student seminars, spring retreats, and summer schools, interacting with other cohorts through these and undertaking other training activities. You will also broaden your knowledge through further courses and skills training.

The CDT has 15 international academic and 4 non-academic partners, and is associated with several Oxford colleges. It is expected that there will be opportunities for our DPhil students to visit some of the academic partners and a limited number of internships will be available with some of the non-academic partners.


Funding is provided by EPSRC and the University of Oxford. UK and EU candidates are eligible for full-fee studentships. In addition, UK candidates and up to 2 EU candidates are eligible for an annual stipend. Some funding is available for overseas candidates, including the possibility of a Clarendon Award for 4 years covering fees and an annual stipend.

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class undergraduate degree as a minimum in mathematics or a related numerate discipline. A previous master’s degree is not required. The requirement for a first class degree with honours can be alternatively demonstrated by a strong degree at master’s level.

We are no longer accepting applications for autumn 2016 entry.
You will be able to apply for 2017 entry from 1 September 2016.


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