Research degrees and studentships

There are a number of routes open to suitably motivated and qualified individuals who wish to undertake postgraduate research in the fields of

leading to either an MSc by Research (normally after 1 year) or PhD (normally after 3-4 years) postgraduate degree. We also offer, if resources allow, part-time PhDs.

We welcome informal enquiries from potential candidates. You are strongly encouraged to contact members of academic staff to ask about possible research topics.

Funded PhD position starting September 2021

The Mathematical Physics group invites applications for a funded PhD position starting in September 2021. The position is fully funded for three years on the Leverhulme Research Project Grant of Charles Young. Applicants should apply as below and should also contact Dr Young ( directly.

Self-funded and Part-time PhD

Suitably qualified candidates may also register as self-funded full-time or part-time PhD students, contingent on sufficient resources being available and research staff commitments. Applications are considered on an individual basis and may be made at any time. Self-funded PhD students may be eligible to apply for a government loan. Find out more about the Doctoral Loan on the Government's website.

MSc by Research

We also offer an MSc by Research degree which can be taken either full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). Students who enrol in this programme will gain a training in research methods and have the opportunity to work on a substantial research project under the supervision of a member of the research staff. As with the PhD, assessment is through submission of a thesis documenting the research project and a viva voce examination. Students are responsible for the payment of fees and living expenses. Applications are welcome up until June for entry in October. Potential applicants should contact us for advice on qualifications, fees and further information.

How to apply

To apply, a completed application form, along with copies of higher education certificates and or transcripts, a copy of your passport and two letters of reference should be returned by e-mail to Lynette Spelman at the address, by the closing date. The application form can be downloaded on this link.

You should include (in section 11 of the form) a brief statement of your interests and experience. You should arrange for your referees to write separately using the form provided, and to send their letters to the same e-mail address, by the closing date. For practical questions about applications, please contact Lynette Spelman (

Prospective candidates are encouraged to make informal inquiries directly to members of the group. Find out who to contact on this webpage.

Contact Dr Sugata Kaviraj for advice on making your application or for further information.