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Mathematics MPhil/PhD

The department is home to many internationally renowned mathematicians. Our students go on to pursue successful careers in a wide variety of settings, primarily as post-doctoral researchers or in the world of finance. Excellent networking opportunities are provided by our central London location and close research links to other London universities.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Where possible, candidates are always interviewed. For overseas candidates there will be an alternative interview by telephone or Skype.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

We offer research supervision across a broad range of pure and applied mathematics. General areas of expertise in pure mathematics include analysis, geometry, number theory and topology. In applied mathematics key areas of activity include fluid dynamics, mathematical modelling, mathematical physics and applied analysis.

Research areas

Departmental research specialities fall within the two main groupings of pure and applied mathematics described below, and graduate research may be pursued within either field.
  • Applied mathematics: environmental flows (including vortex dynamics, atmospheric and ocean dynamics and climate modelling); fluid mechanics (e.g. free-surface flows, polymers); industrial mathematics (e.g. inverse models, sound transmission, multi-particle interactions); mathematical biology and medicine (e.g. modelling cerebral and liver blood flow, molecular and cellular dynamics); gravitation, integrable systems; mathematical modelling; applied partial differential equations; numerical analysis and scientific computing; financial mathematics.
  • Pure mathematics: functional analysis; real and complex analysis; spectral theory; combinatorics; algebraic number theory; geometric topology; discrete and convex geometry; probability theory; geometric group theory; symplectic and contact topology.

Funding

For MPhil/PhD research two EPSRC doctoral training award are normally offered each year. Around five PhD teaching assistantships are also available each year. In addition, there are UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships, and departmental scholarships for which applicants are automatically considered on accepting an offer of a place.

Further opportunities for financial support are occasionally available. The department encourages and offers financial support for conference and workshop attendance.

Edwin Power Scholarship

Value:
£400
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective research students in the Department of Mathematics.

Edwin Power Scholarship

Value:
£400
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective research students in the Department of Mathematics.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Recent graduates have taken up academic posts at universities such as UCL, Sheffield, Kyoto and California State; others have joined the financial services industry at companies such as Barclays Capital, Schroders, Deloitte, ABN Amro and J P Morgan; and others have become mathematics teachers and computer programmers. Some students have summer secondments, with two recent ones at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Vice President, HSBC (2012)
  • Operation Analyst, Credit Suisse (2012)
  • Research Associate, UCL (2011)
  • Financial Analyst, Royal Bank of Scotland (2011)
  • Post Doctoral Researcher, California State University (2010)

Employability

Many students go onto careers in financial services in the City; many others proceed to postdoctoral research and academic careers.

Networking

Students closely interact with their peers from other London universities via the London Taught Course Centre, which offers a programme of advanced courses in mathematics and statistics one day a week for PhD research students in the region, as well as short intensive courses open to students from elsewhere in the UK and Europe. They attend the departmental postgraduate seminar run by the students for the students, as well as other seminars both within and outside the department. The students are exposed to a vigorous conferences programme. Conferences recently hosted by the department include a Financial Mathematics conference and the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The department offers a unique combination of outstanding research supervision and a rich community of students.

UCL’s role in the London School of Geometry and Number Theory (LSGNT) and London Taught Course Centre, as well as numerous intercollegiate seminars, ensures that students are firmly integrated into the wider mathematical community.

Some PhD projects are supervised jointly with industrial partners, or with other UCL departments or as a part of interdisciplinary centres, with a unique critical mass of interdisciplinary activities at UCL.

Student / staff ratios › 46 staff › 35 taught students › 60 research students

Department: Mathematics

Degree reviews

Staff review

"Many of the world's top researchers visit London because of its strength in geometry and mathematics in general, so I have been able to network with top names in the field, leading to long-lasting connections and collaborations."

Dr Jason Lotay

Subject: I am currently co-supervising a PhD student who is based in Cambridge and also supervising a fourth-year project in Mathematics.
Alumni review

"I have found that having a PhD from UCL is very highly regarded in both academia and industry. The skills and research experience which were developed during my PhD are essential to my current day-to-day job in industry, even though the subject matter is not necessarily the same. In particular, I feel that the skills I developed as a member of the Mathematics Department, while being broader than those of a more specialist department, allow me to bring a new perpsective to my work and give me a real advantage over many people working in my field."

Joss Matthewman

Subject: Mathematics PhD
Student review

"I have particularly enjoyed our weekly postgraduate seminars, where fellow PhD students give an overview of their general research area. An incredibly broad range of mathematics research takes place in the department, so it's great to find out more about it in an informal setting."

Anna Lambert

Subject: Mathematics MPhil/PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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