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PhD in Mathematics of Systems (2020 Entry)



  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Research
  • Qualification
  • PhD
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 3-4 years
  • Part-time: up to 7 years


On the PhD in Mathematics of Systems you will learn to apply new mathematical techniques to solve real-world systems challenges. Ranked 3rd in the UK (REF 2014), the Warwick Mathematics Institute offers an expertly designed programme to train independent researchers.


Would you like to use novel mathematics to tackle real-world problems? Our research bridges two cross-cutting methodological themes that are central to complex multi-scale systems prediction: modelling across spatial and temporal scales; and hybrid modelling integrating complex data and mechanistic models. These themes pervade real-world problems in many areas of active research and will shape mathematical and computational modelling for the coming decades.

If you would like to investigate direct entry to the PhD programme, in the first instance please contact the MathSys team.

Find your supervisor

Please contact the MathSys team if you are considering direct entry to the PhD programme.


The Mathematics of Systems CDT main research themes are:

  • Quantitative biomedical research
  • Mathematical epidemiology
  • Socio-technical systems
  • Advanced modelling and optimisation of industrial processes.

Warwick academics can supervise thesis research in a wide range of topics in mathematics and its applications. In addition, all PhD projects are expected to be co-supervised by an external partner, bringing knowledge, data and experience to the modelling of real-world problems.


The Mathematics for Real-World Systems CDT runs a 1+3 MSc+PhD programme. Entrance is conventionally via the MSc year. Please see the description for MSc in Mathematics of Systems for more information or visit the MathSys CDT website. As well as the taught MSc component, the PhD years include transferrable skills modules as well as summer schools and reading groups. PhD students are also encouraged to audit relevant courses.


Entry requirements Applications are invited where candidates have already completed Master’s-level training in a related field and obtained a high result

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.