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Research opportunities

You can study for an MPhil or MRes over one year, or a PhD over the course of three years.

MPhil & PhD

There are postgraduate research opportunities in all our research groups:

MRes

You can study an MRes in:

  • Mathematical Sciences

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View our current research opportunities

Digital technologies for Resilient & Sustainable Infrastructures

The PhD student will work closely with our industrial partners to develop innovative digital tools and methodologies for improving the resilience and sustainability of critical infrastructure. These will include but not limited to the development of: mathematical models to address the performance of critical functions and critical hazards; new uncertainty methods with quantifiable confidence; fast simulation tools based on machine learning and engineering-physics based automatic learning.

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Evaporation of Sessile Droplets

The evaporation of sessile droplets is a fundamental scientific problem that is key to numerous physical and biological processes, and, as a result, has been the subject of an explosion of analytical, experimental, and numerical investigations in recent years. However, despite its intrinsic complexity and multidisciplinary nature, considerable insight can be gained into many fascinating aspects of the problem by developing and solving a range of mathematical models.

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unfunded

High-dimensional computations with applications to uncertainty quantification for multiphysics engineering systems

Predictions based on numerical simulations of complex real-world engineering systems cannot be considered reliable if the simulation tool does not include the nondeterministic features of the system into account. The aim of this exciting project is to design and analyse cutting-edge numerical schemes to approximate high-dimensional problems and quantify uncertainty in multiphysics engineering systems.

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A study of DNA methylation using coagulation-fragmentation based models

Chemical modifications on DNA play important roles in the normal functioning of cells, and changes to these modifications are a hallmark of disease. This PhD project aims to combine novel mathematical models with data from state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technologies to gain a greater understanding of the biological processes underpinning the addition and removal of such modifications to DNA.

Deadline:

17 March 2024

Funding:

funded

Spatial modelling of mackerel migrations and zonal attachment

The project will develop a spatial population model for mackerel (Scomber scombrus), the single most economically valuable species landed in the UK. The model will be used to understand the role of biological and physical drivers in determining the spawning and feeding migrations of mackerel (ecosystem function), and to explore the consequences to spatial distribution of changes in these drivers due to climate change.

Deadline:

29 March 2024

Funding:

funded

Dynamical Low-Rank Approximation for Uncertainty Quantification: Bridging Theory and Practice in Large-Scale Problems

High-dimensional problems are crucial across science and engineering, appearing in areas such as climate modelling and machine learning, where computational costs increase dramatically with each added dimension. This project investigates low-rank methods to address these challenges, aiming to simplify complex problems. The goal is to establish a dynamical low-rank method as a practical, well-understood tool for analysing uncertainty in large datasets and complex scenarios.

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John Anderson Research Studentship Scheme (JARSS)

John Anderson Research Studentship Scheme (JARSS) doctoral studentships are available annually for excellent students and excellent research projects.

There are two main sources of funding:

  • Central University funding
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - Doctoral Training Partnership (EPSRC - DTP) funding.

The JARSS 2023/2024 competition will open in October 2023 and students successful in this competition will commence studies in October 2024. Faculties will set their own internal deadlines for the competition.

Academics/Supervisors make the applications for this scheme and there are various deadlines across the Department and Faculties, therefore, in the first instance, all interested students should contact the Department where they would like to carry out their research.

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Funded

EPSRC Doctoral Prize 2024

We are pleased to announce a call for the EPSRC Doctoral Prize funded by the University's EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership grant.  The prize funds a 1-year salary for an outstanding researcher to support the further development of their research activities following completion of PhD studies and help them launch a career in research.  Candidates must have had EPSRC funding for their PhD/EngD programme and must have successfully completed their PhD viva voce exam and submitted the final version of the thesis by the start of the Doctoral Prize project (approximately between May and October 2024).

Deadline:

6 March 2024

Funding:

Funded

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

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Our research

Mathematics and statistics are at the heart of all scientific and engineering disciplines, and we have a strong international reputation in the use of modelling and analysis to solve many problems relevant to industry, business and wider society.

We work with researchers in other universities, from other disciplines and from industry, business and government sectors, across the UK, Europe, China and the USA.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Scotland
  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £4,712
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2024/25: TBC
  • 2023/24: £4,712
International

£21,000

Funding

Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Additional costs

The cost of binding two copies of thesis and a CD copy £25 per each thesis.

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Support & development

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and help you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.

Careers

The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent.

The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Visit our international students' section

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Entry requirements

You require a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a mathematical sciences related subject.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency (academic IELTS 6.5, with minimum 5.5 in any section, or equivalent) if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

Research supervisors are assigned to you by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

We ask that you highlight a potential supervisor in your application but the department will team you up with the best supervisor for your project.

Once we've received your application, your research proposal is passed to potential supervisors for consideration. If it's not compatible with the researcher's current projects and they are unable to supervise, it's passed along to another for consideration. If they can supervise you, they’ll confirm and nominate a potential second supervisor.

As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

When you accept our offer of study, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you'll have provided.

Accepting an offer

When you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

International students

An ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate is a mandatory requirement for some postgraduate students in science, engineering and technology.

Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics

full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematical Sciences

MRes
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Mathematical Sciences

MRes
part-time
Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics

full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematical Sciences

MRes
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

PhD
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

PhD
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Mathematics

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

MPhil
full-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematics and Statistics - Statistics

MPhil
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

Mathematical Sciences

MRes
part-time
Start date: Oct 2024 - Sep 2025

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