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School of mathematics And Physics

Learn more about the teaching and research activities taking place within our School of Mathematics and Physics

The School of Mathematics and Physics challenges the way we think about and use numbers. We're driven to solve technological, environmental and societal problems through our research and teaching.

From pure, applied and industrial mathematics to quantum theory and particle physics, our school has many study and research pathways. Our collaborative and nurturing approach to teaching helps our students learn in an open environment, allowing them to challenge themselves and others.

We have the 9th best Mathematics department in the United Kingdom (Guardian University Guide 2020). We also have a proven track record in giving students the tools to succeed in employment — 92% of our students are in work or further study within 6 months of graduating (DLHE, 2017), and we have a 98% overall student satisfaction score (NSS, 2018).

Gender equality commitment

We hold the Athena Swan bronze award for gender equality and are passionate about promoting equality of opportunity and career development for women and under-represented communities in mathematics and physics.

As a supporter of the Institute of Physics Project Juno, we're committed to addressing the under-representation of women in physics and gender equality in higher education and research.

We also support the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme which advocates equal opptunities for women.

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Teaching

Lectures and classes take place at sites across our city centre campus where our students can also access open and shared learning spaces and IT resources for group work, study or revision.

Final year mathematics students can elect to undertake a 10 week placement in a local school as part of our undergraduate ambassador scheme. Students benefit from work experience in an educational setting as well as the opportunity to work with experienced maths teachers in classes from Key Stage 2 to A Level.

Explore our undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

Research

Our school produces excellent research with practical applications, and annual increases in research outputs. We're a leader among young universities — 61% of our mathematics and 89% of our physics research outputs were rated as internationally excellent in REF 2014, placing us as the joint best performing new university in the country.

Our research impact is varied – we've improved how hospitals allocate beds and medical equipment, and enhanced climate resilience in cities. On a lighter note, we've deciphered what, mathematically-speaking, makes the perfect cup of coffee and invented a new way to pour the perfect Guinness.

Funding

We've received research funding from many organisations, including the Science and Technology Facilities Council, The Faraday Institution, Innovate UK, Economic and Social Research Council, London Mathematical Society, Royal Society, European Commission, Rail Safety Standards Board, Leverhulme Trust, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Health Research, Technology Strategy Board, Operational Research Society, Natural Environment Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Partnerships

Our school has developed strong partnerships with local, national and global organisations. These partnerships inform and support our teaching and research.

Our partners include Portsmouth Hospitals Medical Physics, Defence Science (Dstl), IBM, L'Oréal, GSK, Transport for London, iRed, South East Physics Network (SEPnet), European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), J&J, Phillips and General Motors.

Our areas of expertise

Explore our areas of expertise across Mathematics and Physics research.

Our research centres

Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.

We're exploring research in quantum information technologies, quantum optics and quantum foundations and applied advanced materials.
We're using our expertise in analytics, system design, simulation, programming, and forecasting to help organisations around the world make better decisions.
We're researching how mathematics can be applied in an industrial context, currently focussing on energy generation and storage.

We're researching how we can apply quantitative methodologies to improve decision-making across a range of diverse fields of application.
We're researching how such complexity and order arises from the simple rules and laws of physics.
In our Quantum Science and Technology Hub (QSTH), we're studying quantum science and developing novel quantum technologies.

Our staff

Our School of Mathematics and Physics is a friendly and supportive community of academics, researchers, support staff and students.

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Professor Andrew Osbaldestin

  • Job Title Professor of Applied Mathematics and Head of the School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Email Address Andrew.Osbaldestin@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Hooshyar Assadullahi

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Curriculum - Physics)
  • Email Address Hooshyar.Assadullahi@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Andrew Burbanks

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Research and Innovation)
  • Email Address Andrew.Burbanks@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty Faculty of Technology
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Thomas Waters

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer and Associate Head (Curriculum - Mathematics)
  • Email Address Thomas.Waters@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Mathematics and Physics
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To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

+44 (0)23 9284 2554

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