PhD/MPhil/MSc by Research Mathematics

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:1

Course Overview

The Mathematics department is always keen to attract applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake postgraduate research in the Department of Mathematics.

As an MPhil (2 years), MSc by Research (1 year) or PhD (3 years) Mathematics student you will be guided by internationally leading researchers and will carry out a large individual research project.

You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work.

Key Features

Swansea is a research-led University and the Department makes a significant contribution, meaning that as a Postgraduate Mathematics Student you will benefit from the knowledge and skills of internationally renowned academics.

In the Department of Mathematics at Swansea you will find friendly teaching staff that are fully committed to providing you with a supportive teaching and learning environment. This includes outstanding student support.

All postgraduate Mathematics programmes at Swansea will equip you with skills relevant for a rewarding career in a range of diverse fields. You will also further develop your communication, presentation and analytical skills.

Description

The Department’s research groups include:

Algebra and Topology Group

Areas of interest include: Noncommutative  geometry, Categorical methods in algebra and topology, Homotopy theory and homological algebra and others.

Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations Group

Areas of interest include: Reaction-diffusion and reaction-diffusion-convection  equations and systems, Navier–Stokes equations in fluid dynamic, Complexity in the calculus of variations and others.

Stochastic Analysis Group

Areas of interest include: Functional inequalities and applications, Lévy-type processes, Stochastic modelling of fractal, multifractal  and multiscale systems, Infinite dimensional stochastic analysis and others.

Entry Requirements

MPhil/PhD programmes: Normally at least a first-class BSc or an upper-second-class MMath degree in the field of Mathematics is required, or an appropriate Master's degree with Merit, although all applications are reviewed on an individual basis.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

If you already have funding or are self-funding, you will need to clearly state the field of research that interests you. Please indicate this on your application form. For research areas of our Department see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/maths/researchgroups/ 

Home applicants: you can then submit your application via the Admissions Office.

EU and Overseas applicants: you can then submit your application via the Admissions Office.

The application process for postgraduate research involves two stages:

  1. Firstly, securing an offer of a place at the Department via the Admissions Office.
  2. Securing funding for your studies.

Please contact the Admissions Tutor, Professor Eugene Lytvynov if you have any queries or require further information.

 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,200 £15,300
Ph.D. Part-time £2,100 £7,600
MSc by Research Full-time £4,200 £15,300
MSc by Research Part-time £2,100 £7,600
M.Phil. Full-time £4,200 £15,300
M.Phil. Part-time £2,100 £7,600

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2017 please refer to the 2016/17 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the PhD, MSc by Research or MPhil Mathematics do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Course Structure

The Mathematics Department is always keen to attract high-quality postgraduate students to join our research groups. As an MPhil (2 years), PhD (3 years) or MSc by Research (1 Year) student you will be guided by internationally leading researchers and will carry out a large individual research project.

You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work.

Assessment

PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva). In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

MSc by Research: The first part shall take the form of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the research project. All theses should be presented in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Submission and Presentation of a Thesis for Research Students.

The second part shall take the form of an oral examination (viva voce).

Employability

The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular areas are the actuarial profession, the financial sector, IT, computer programming and systems administration, and opportunities within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development, statistical analysis, marketing and sales.

Facilities

The Aubrey Truman Reading Room, located in the centre of the Department of Mathematics, houses the departmental library and computers for student use, and is a popular venue for  students to work independently on the regular exercise sheets set by their lecturers, and to discuss mathematics together.  

The main university library, the Learning and Information Centre (LIC), contains a notably extensive collection of mathematics books.

Research

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that our research environment (how the Department supports research staff and students) and the impact of our research (its value to society) were both judged to be 100% world leading or internationally excellent.

All academic staff in Mathematics are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more.