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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 variety of settings, primarily as postdoctoral 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

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£5060 (FT) £2530 (PT)
£21440 (FT) £10740 (PT)

Application dates

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

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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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, applied and numerical analysis and financial mathematics.

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
More information can be found on the department website: Mathematics MPhil/PhD


For MPhil/PhD research at least two EPSRC doctoral training awards 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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Archibald Richardson Scholarship

£3,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Fees, maintenance and travel (Duration of programme)
Based on academic merit

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Recent graduates have taken up academic posts at universities such as UCL, Michigan, Sheffield, Mexico, Kyoto, California State; others have joined the financial services industry with 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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Portsmouth
  • Mathematics Modelling and Software Engineer, Formula 1
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCL
  • Technical Consultant, Cubica Technology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques


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


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 conference on contact geometry and the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The department offers a unique combination of outstanding research supervision and a rich community of students. It is sufficiently large for wide-ranging research activity but remains compact enough for academic staff to be highly accessible.

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 by interdisciplinary centres, with a unique critical mass of interdisciplinary activities at UCL.

Department: Mathematics

Student / staff numbers › 55 staff
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mathematics
82% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

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

I am currently co-supervising a PhD student who is based in Cambridge and also supervising a fourth-year project in Mathematics.
Lecturer in Pure Mathematics
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

Mathematics MPhil/PhD
Student review

"Out of all the places I applied to, UCL was the only Math Department I knew which was offering Teaching Assistantships at the time.I am grateful to have been given exactly that - I lectured a course for two years, thoroughly enjoyed it."

Belgin Seymenoglu

Mathematics MPhil/ PhD

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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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