PhD in Applied Mathematics

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PhD in Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics Group is recognised for world leading and internationally excellent research and has active collaborations with researchers from industry, healthcare, and other areas of science and engineering. The group provides opportunities for postgraduate research across many areas of Applied Mathematics. Many PhD projects arise from engineering applications and involve collaborations with academic and industrial partners.

Continuum Mechanics is a traditionally strong research field within the School. Active research is pursued in the areas of bubble dynamics, biological and physiological fluid mechanics, dynamic wetting, flow in porous media, dynamics of liquid jets and drops, flows with phase transitions, fuel cells and many more. This research involves mathematical modelling, mathematical analysis of models and the underlying physical phenomena, as well as development of novel computational tools.

Research activities in Mathematical Biology range from applications in healthcare (antimicrobial resistance, cancer, epilepsy, microsurgical robots and infertility for example) and climate change (response of plants to increasing carbon dioxide levels), through fundamental biology (left-right symmetry-breaking in early embryo development; the role of anisotropy in tissue growth) and ecology (complexity of ecosystems and food webs), to novel mathematical and computational methods (meshfree computations for viscous flow, spitting schemes for stochastic differential equations). This research has close links to a range of stakeholders, in particular, the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, Institute for Microbiology and Infection, Healthcare Technology Institute, and Birmingham Institute for Forestry Research.

Why study Applied Mathematics PhD at Birmingham?

  • The School of Mathematics has a strong research culture, with researchers of international stature in each of its main specialisms.
  • The University of Birmingham is one of the prestigious Russell group research-intensive Universities in the UK. The School of Mathematics attracts gifted graduate students from across the world.
  • The School collaborates widely with multiple disciplines, including Biological and Medical Sciences, Chemical Engineering and within industry.  In particular, Birmingham is an emerging centre for multidisciplinary Biological Systems Science research, and is in a unique position, being adjacent to one of the largest super-hospitals in Europe, catering for a highly diverse population.
  • Learn from world leaders in their fields.


Entry Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in a Mathematics-related subject, or a lower degree plus an MSc or substantial relevant experience. Learn more about entry requirements.

International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us.


This programme is self-funded

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