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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.

English language requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

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

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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

Top career destinations for this degree

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

Employability

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

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.

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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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