Department of Mathematical Sciences

Research degrees

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Postgraduate research courses

We provide an active and stimulating environment to carry out your doctoral research. 

Members of our department are active in research across a range of topics from the disciplines of applied mathematics, pure mathematics, data science, mathematics education, and operational research.

Explore our postgraduate research degrees

Our Department operates an open door policy, meaning that members of staff will always endeavour to see you if they are available in their office. This enables you to have ample contact time with your supervisor.

Research topics and supervision

You do not have to choose a supervisor before you apply. If you indicate your research topic or area of interest on your application form then we can match you with a suitable project supervisor. However, please do feel free to browse our staff profiles and e-mail individuals to discuss your proposal. You can also contact us and our Graduate Administrator can put you in touch with potential supervisors as well as help with application, visa and general enquiries.

Our postgraduate research finder lists all of the PhDs that we offer. If you have any questions about undertaking postgraduate research in our Department, please contact us.

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Postgraduate research opportunities

Thinking about postgraduate research at Essex? We advertise studentships and funded opportunities throughout the year.

View our latest opportunities