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We are distinctive in the wide range of research we undertake as a department, in particular in our application of core mathematics to other disciplines such as climate science, biology, and computer science. As such we offer expert supervision on a diverse array of mathematics PhD projects.

The University regularly advertises doctoral research projects covering specific topics. Alternatively, you can propose your own project that aligns with our areas of expertise.


Areas of expertise

Our research, particularly in applied mathematics, covers a very wide range of areas. It is organised into several research groups, which overlap and interact significantly:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Mathematics of Planet Earth
  • Complex Fluids and Theoretical Polymer Physics
  • Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Number Theory
  • Numerical Analysis and Computational Modelling
  • Analysis
  • Statistical Mechanics, Probability and Stochastic Analysis.


If your proposed PhD topic falls into one of these areas, find out more about how to submit an application.

Funded PhD opportunities

Mathematics for our Future Climate

Are you ready to be at the forefront of mathematical solutions for climate challenges? The Mathematics for our Future Climate Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) programme is an EPSRC-funded interdisciplinary initiative that harnesses the power of mathematics to address the urgent issues presented by climate change. The CDT offers 4-year funded PhD studentships covering fees and a maintenance grant for living expenses. 
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Types of doctoral degree

We offer several routes to a doctoral qualification, so you can find the one that suits you and the topic you wish to study.

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Part-time study

Part-time PhDs are available as well as full-time, so you can choose a mode of study that suits your circumstances.

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PhD by Distance

Our PhD by Distance programme allows you to benefit from the expertise of a Reading-based supervisor, while conducting your research in a different location.

PhD opportunities in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Available PhD opportunities are featured on this page. If there is nothing listed, we do offer many more options, so please contact us for further information.

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