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Applying for the 1+3 MSc leading to PhD programme
Applicants should have mathematical and practical motivation, and hold or be anticipating a strong First class degree (or a very high 2:1) in Maths, Statistics, or an analytical subject with a demonstrably high proportion of mathematical content. Most successful applicants hold a First.
If you are interested in applying for a place on our 1+3 MSc leading to PhD programme in Mathematics of Systems, you can submit an online application via the University of Warwick Online Application Portal. The programme code is P-G1PF.

Please read the Postgraduate step by step guide for help with the application process. When applying, please clearly state in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for the MathSys 1+3 course, and whether or not you wish to be considered for a funded place. Limited funded places are available for the 1+3 course.

Whilst we are happy to receive applications for the PhD as a standalone programme, we are not able to provide funding for PhD-only study.

To apply for a place on the PhD-only [P-G1PG] programme, we require you to have done (or to be completing) an equivalent MSc to ours with high results, to have identified a clear research proposal and supervisors, and to have a source of funding in place (e.g. personal/family funds). There is no need for the start date of a PhD-only course to be synchronised with the academic year; applications are taken all year round.

There is no formal deadline by which applications must be submitted, but applicants should note that applications can only be considered once the application fee has been paid and all supporting documentation has been received. Both places to study and available funding are limited, and so early submission of your application is encouraged. We make most of our funding decisions by late Spring, with the majority of interviews taking place as part of one of our Open Days.

Since we are externally funded, we unfortunately cannot waive the application fee under any circumstances.

If you wish to apply for a funded place, please contact the Centre for details of what to include in the 'Funding' section of the application form by emailing complexity@warwick.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the Mathematics of Systems 1+3 MSc leading to PhD course are:

  • Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a strong First Class or very high Upper Second Class Honours degree in Mathematics or an analytical subject with a high proportion of mathematical content from a UK university, or the equivalent qualification and grade from a non-UK university.
  • Applicants must have, or be expected to achieve, an English language test certificate that meets our Band A English language requirements. Please see our Study pages for the English Language qualifications accepted by the University of Warwick.
  • Two references from academic staff who have taught you on your current or most recent degree.
  • The University will accept professional references if you have been out of higher education for over two years. These must be submitted by your current or most recent line manager. Please note that personal references, such as those from family and friends, are not acceptable.
  • Please note: if any of your qualification documents are not in your current name, you will also need to provide evidence of your change of name. This can be uploaded in the same file as your qualification documents within the application system.

You are also encouraged to attend one of our Open Days.


Application checklist

For an application to be complete and ready to be considered by the CDT, applicants must ensure they have completed all of the following:

  1. Completed and submitted the online application form via the University of Warwick Online Applications Portal
  2. Paid the application fee. Since we are externally funded, we cannot waive the application fee.
  3. Received email notification of your Applicant ID Number from the University of Warwick Postgraduate Admissions Office.
  4. Clearly stated in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for the MathSys 1+3 course (course code P-G1PF), or the PhD-only course if applicable (course code P-G1PG).
  5. If you wish to be considered for a funded place on the 1+3 course, please ensure that you have clearly stated in your personal statement that this is the case.
  6. Provided information in your application on your general motivation for the course, what you hope to achieve on the course, and how your education and experience to date would make you suitable for the course.
  7. Provided contact details of two academic referees, and advised them in advance that they will be contacted by the University of Warwick to submit a reference to support your application to study.
  8. Provided transcripts of your previous qualifications, and of any marks you have achieved to date on any current study you are undertaking.
  9. Provided an up-to-date CV (this can be uploaded under 'Additional Information' on the Qualifications page of the online application form).
  10. For EU and international candidates, you should also provide a certified English translation of your transcripts and certificates if they are not in English, and confirmation of your English Language Proficiency.

What happens after I apply?

Your online application and supporting documents will be considered by our Admissions Tutors. If your application is taken forward to the next stage, applicants will usually be interviewed. Interviews often take place during an Open Day. The application review process usually takes several weeks and we appreciate your patience.

Applicants will generally be interviewed by two members of MathSys staff, and a joint decision reached by them. Admissions decisions will be communicated to you via the central Postgraduate Admissions Service. Information about funding is made directly from the MathSys CDT, as our scholarships are managed internally by the CDT and not by the university admissions teams.