University of Sussex

University of Sussex


The Department of Mathematics offers you the opportunity to study for an MPhil or PhD in Mathematics. We welcome applications from potential research students at any time, but funded studentships may have a specific deadline. The expected start date is in September, but students may also start in January or May. You have informal research training to expand your knowledge in areas of mathematics related to your research topic. Training consists of contacts with your supervisors, and is supplemented by study groups, graduate seminars, research seminars, and workshop, summer school, and conference participation.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree or an MSc in mathematics.

Course modules

Recent thesis titles include: a numerical approach to study cell dynamics; analytically divergence-free discretisation methods for Darcy's problem; arcs in a finite projective plane; LDPC codes from semipartial geometries; on blow-up solutions of parabolic problems; primal-dual active set methods for Allen-Cahn variational inequalities; reaction-diffusion systems on evolving domains with applications to the theory of biological pattern formation; recovery methods for evolution and non-linear problems; the geometry of the plane of order seventeen and its application to error-correcting codes; topological methods for strong local minimisers and extremals of multiple integrals of calculus of variations.

Sponsorship information

The EPSRC provides a Doctoral Training Account, guaranteeing a limited number of full studentships to UK nationals, or fees-only studentships to EU nationals; overseas students may be eligible for funding from the British Council or the Sussex International Research Studentships; the Mathematics Department offers a small number of Teaching Assistantships for DPhil students in Mathematics; they are tenable for 3 years with full-time registration, and are intended for students with a 1st-class Honours degree or equivalent; assistants are remunerated at a rate comparable to an EPSRC studentship in return for undergraduate teaching duties; students from continental Europe may be eligible for EU funding; in the 2nd and later years of study there are opportunities for payment for various types of small-group teaching.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 GBP 12,300 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 6 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 GBP 12,300 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01273 873254