PhD Level Courses

How to Apply

Applications should be made online:

The UCL Admissions and General Enquiries Office may be contacted by e-mail (admissions AT, telephone (020 7679 7742/020 7679 7381) or fax (020 7691 3112).

Applications may be made at any time from September onwards for admission in September the following year. There is no formal deadline although early application is advised as there is keen competition for the limited number of places available.

Most PhD funding is allocated by the end of February so students are encouraged to apply by the end of January.

Applicants are strongly advised to identify a potential supervisor before submitting an application. Visit the Research Interests of staff to get an idea of the potential topics and supervisors available. Once you have identified a potential supervisor you may wish to contact them directly to informally explore possiblities for PhD supervision. You could also name any particular supervisor(s) that you wish to work with in your online application.

General Information

The purpose of the research degree programme at UCL is to train mathematicians to conduct research of high academic merit and to make a substantial original contribution to the subject.

Registration, in compliance with University rules, is initially for the MPhil degree. Students whose progress is satisfactory may have their registration transferred to PhD (usually after 12 to 18 months). In all cases the degree is assessed by a written thesis and oral examination.

A research degree typically has very little formal structure. At the beginning of his or her career in the department, the graduate student is assigned a primary (and secondary) supervisor whose initial responsibility is to advise the student on choice of topic and subsequently the Thesis Proposal and Research Paper. Where appropriate, research students may be directly associated with research projects that members of staff have in hand. There are few constraints on a student's time and work, so a research student must be self-disciplined and strongly motivated.

The department, which has at any one time an average of twenty five Pure and twenty five Applied graduate students, maintains a very high standard of recruitment and prides itself on providing friendly, caring and expert supervision of PhD students. It is sufficiently large to be a lively centre for wide-ranging research activity but remains compact enough for academic staff to be highly accessible to students.

Entrance Requirements

Our normal entrance requirement is a first class Honours degree in Mathematics at Masters level (or an equivalent overseas qualification). Wherever possible, candidates are always interviewed. For overseas candidates there will be an alternative interview by telephone or e-mail.

All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For those whose first language is not English, a number of English language qualifications are accepted. A complete list of these is available from the College Admissions Office. This and other useful information can also be found on the Doctoral School website.


Issues of Admission and Funding are generally treated separately. PhD students who have secured admission place come with all sorts of funding, including full or partial external or personal funding. In order to be considered for competitive internal departmental PhD funding you must first submit a PhD application. The main recurring sources of funding are listed below. The single departmental deadline for combined applications for Teaching Assistantships, EPSRC Studentships, UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships is usually in early February with interviews of shortlisted candidates a week later. These are advertised on the departmental website and on in late December or early January each year. Candidates whose admission application is complete by the deadline, which include the arrival of their references, are automatically considered. Other funding is often available via individual supervisors' research grants and will be advertised separately on the departmental website.

Teaching Assistantships
Most years we have a number of Teaching Assistantships that we offer to new PhD students. These provide tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate) and stipend for 4 years and require the recipient to teach for 25% of their time, while completing a PhD.

EPSRC Studentships
We receive an annual allocation of EPSRC PhD studentship.

NERC Studentship
At least one NERC Studentship in the area of geophysical fluid dynamics is usually available.
For further information and application forms contact:
Dr G Esler gavin AT
or Prof ER Johnson erj AT
Tel: 020 7679 2842/2854

UCL Graduate Research Scholarship
This provides 3 years full stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Overseas Research Scholarship and Dean's Prize
Both of these provide funding to cover the difference between UK/EU fees and Overseas fees.

PhD possibilities for applied mathematics in SECReT at UCL

There are also a number of small Departmental Scholarships.

Overseas Applicants

We welcome applications from both UK/EU and overseas students, who should apply using the online admissions system as described above.

A Graduate Applications Pack is available from the UCL Admissions and General Enquiries Office (E-mail: degree-info AT, Tel: 020 7679 3000 Fax: 020 7679 3001).

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