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How to Apply

The Mathematics for Real-World Systems CDT currently has a limited number of fully funded PhD studentships available for students wishing to commence on the PhD by July 2024 at the latest.

Online Applications

We are now accepting applications from prospective students for PhD studies starting between May and July 2024.

Applications need to be submitted via the central University PortalLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window. There is extensive information in the portal on how to prepare an application.

Please select “Mathematics Institute” as department, and “Postgraduate Research” as type of course. Select Mathematics (MPhil/PhD) (P-G1PG) and advise in your application that you are applying to the MathSys PhD programme. Please also advise of the specific project you are applying to if applicable.

Key components

The application contains multiple sections, however the key components during the review stages include:

  • Personal Statement
  • CV (uploaded in the personal statement section)
  • Research Proposal (see advice below)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Research Proposal

Specific research projects are not required, and many applicants will have broad interests and not have settled on very specific areas or projects. In that case it is a good idea to use the research proposal document to describe the main areas of interests, what you have learned and find exciting about them, and any projects/thesis that you have done during your degree.

Of course, if you have a clear research interest or a specific project you want to work, please submit it as your research proposal.


Unlike some of the departments we do NOT require that any arrangements have been made with any potential supervisor(s), but of course feel free to get in touch with anyone you would like to work with before applying.

You may want to browse through the research interestsLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window of current members of staffLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window.