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Postgraduate research

We offer a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate study in an exciting, challenging and rewarding environment.

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As a postgraduate student you will collaborate with scholars working on world-leading research. The School benefits from substantial research funding from the EPSRC, as well as other public and private bodies.

In your first year you will follow an agreed programme of study to introduce you to research skills and methods and advance your knowledge in your chosen field. This includes a broad choice of postgraduate courses provided through the national collaborative networks

  • MAGIC for pure/applied mathematics
  • NATCOR for operational research
  • APTS for statistics.

We host regular seminars in all of our subject areas with renowned speakers, and also run the Cardiff Mathematics Colloquia and the annual Welsh Mathematics Colloquium, all of which provide insight into cutting-edge research.

Research areas

The principle areas in which we offer supervision towards the research degrees of MPhil and PhD are pure mathematics, applied mathematics, operational research, and probability and statistics.

Please explore the research interests of our research groups and academic staff to identify an area of postgraduate research.

During my postgraduate studies at Cardiff University I have been given numerous opportunities to promote my work though conferences, public engagement events and publications. I had the chance to travel to several countries, teach mathematics and computing and to promote the role of women in the STEM fields.

Nikoleta, PhD Mathematics

When to apply

You can apply at any time during the year, but should allow at least 3 months before your desired entry point to process your application.

There are four entry points per year:

  • 1 October (fits best with academic term and training dates)
  • 1 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July

If you wish to be considered for a studentship, we advise applying six months before your entry date.


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

We welcome applications if you are self-funding or have funding from other sources, including government studentships or your employer. We actively invite applications in our main areas of interest.

Contact us

If you require further information, please email