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Postgraduate Research in mathematics

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Mathematics

If you're ready to take your existing knowledge and qualifications in Mathematics into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to achieve your goals.

Our existing research in Mathematics challenges the way we think about and use numbers, and using our expertise to find solutions to some of the planet's most-pressing technological, environmental and societal problems. When you join us to study for a postgraduate research degree, you'll have the opportunity to make your own contribution to the work we're doing – and play an important role transforming our research into impact.

Across our areas of expertise in industrial mathematics, and applied mathematics, nonlinear and complex systems, we're delivering exceptional collaborative research – in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 61% of our submissions were rated either world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Types of research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Maths below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Mathematics PhDs and MPhils

Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Mathematics, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD by Publication

A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.

Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.

For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.

Duration, fees and funding

How long will my research degree take?

  • MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
  • PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time

How much will my research degree cost?

PhD and MPhil

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £16,400 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £8,200 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,407 p/a
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,680 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.

For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD or MPhil include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Apply

Apply for a research degree in Mathematics by completing our online form.

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Current research

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