We award a small number of funded doctoral studentships each year.

Studentships are sometimes attached to external grant funding. The PhD project will be specified and open to applications. Please read the details carefully to check that you are eligible as different projects have different requirements.

Studentships for UK students cover tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant. In 2017-18 the maintenance grant for full-time students is £14,553 per annum.

EPSRC studentships

We award a small number of EPSRC-funded doctoral studentships each year.

EPSRC-funded doctoral studentships are available for UK/EU applicants, awarded on a competitive basis and subject to research council residence requirements.

Applications for EPSRC DTP studentships within the School of Mathematics for 2018/19 are now open. The deadline for applications is 30th March 2018

A list of current projects along with eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the Doctoral Training Partnership PhD in Mathematics page

EPSRC/ONS CASE studentship

PhD in anomaly detection for large complex data

This PhD is designed to develop novel mathematics which bridges linear algebra, statistics and optimisation, and to introduce new modern techniques for anomaly detection. This project offers you the novel opportunity not only to work on datasets not usually available to academia, but also to do so in a state-of-the art distributed processing environment.

This is a 4 year EPSRC-funded doctoral studentship and is available for UK/EU applicants only - subject to research council residence requirements.

The deadline for applications is 30 March 2018.

EPSRC PhD Studentship

Identifying bat roost locations through the coupling of motion modelling and microphone field data

To improve knowledge of bat ecology and achieve more effective conservation, it is frequently necessary to locate roosts where the animals congregate, sometimes in large numbers. Unfortunately, finding roosts, or even determining whether a roost is likely to be present in a given area, is extremely difficult for both ecological consultants and research scientists. Specifically, field data collection is expensive and time consuming. Creating a theoretical framework for predictions, which can be validated in particular locations using smaller amounts of field data, is a novel and welcomed approach.

This project is directly funded and will be awarded to the best UK/EU applicant (subject to research council residency requirements).

The closing date for applications is 30th March 2018.

WISE CDT PhD Studentship

Development of Lattice Boltzmann Method on modelling nearshore waves and sediment transport

The project aims to develop the LBM further for the coastal waters which can be applied to model the complex coastal hydrodynamics and morphodynamics.

The project would suit a student with 1st or 2.1 degree in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering disciplines and an interest in developing the numerical modelling skills in coastal engineering and the related subjects.

This studentship is fully funded by the EPSRC and is four years long, which contains a training element at the University of Exeter in the first year. In the remaining three years, the student will complete the proposed project at Cardiff University. The student will also benefit from the supported 3-month research visit with overseas or UK academic or industrial partners or governmental agencies, summer school, industry day and other social events. The studentship is for EU and UK students only and will start in Sept 2018.


If you require further information about our studentships, please contact:

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Tracey Lintern

PGR Administrative Officer

02920 879150