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PhD Mathematics Research

 Course Level
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17000 GBP
4600 GBP
4600 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department of Mathematics
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
TOEFL-IBT (min)80

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About this course

RAE: According to the RAE assessment over 65 per cent of the research in the Department is internationally excellent or world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. This puts the Department in the top quarter of all UK Mathematics Departments and near the top in London.

Research income: Approximately £2m per annum.

Current number of academic staff: 40 permanent, 10 fixed-term

Current number of research students: Approximately 65.

Research grants: Researchers from our department currently hold research grants from BBSRC, EPSRC, STFC, Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust, London Mathematical Society and the European Comission. Our grants include studentships for postgraduate research students.

Joint PhDs available: Exciting opportunities to gain a joint PhD with the University of Hong Kong and the Humboldt University of Berlin.

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Eligibility Criteria

Financial Maths: Bachelor’s degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). Those applying for the joint degree are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution. Candidates may also be interviewed.

Disordered Systems: Bachelor’s degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). Those applying for the joint degree are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution.

Theoretical Physics: Bachelor’s degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours (or international equivalent). A good MMath, MSci or master's degree (or overseas equivalent) with high grades in modules that relate to the chosen research area will strengthen the application. Candidates may also be interviewed at the Department's open day or afterwards.

Pure Maths:  MMath, MSci or Master’s degree (or international equivalent) with Merit and high grades in modules relating to the research area. Candidates may also be interviewed.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 80

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Course Modules


Our department has a large number of active and internationally renowned researchers and postdoctoral research fellows. The research groups organise regular seminars, where top-ranking scientists from around the world present new results, which our research students can witness firsthand. The students also organise their own informal seminars and discussion groups. The lively environment and the exceptionally friendly atmosphere at our department contribute to the high success rate of our students. You can apply for supervision in all fields of interest of our staff members. The department provides funding for PhD students to attend suitable schools and conferences during their studies.

Joint PhD programme

Exciting opportunities are now available to undertake a joint PhD programme with the University of Hong Kong or the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Course study environment

You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely. You will also attend research seminars and take part in other research related activities in your research group, the department and more widely in the University of London. We do not specify fixed attendance hours, but we expect a good level of attendance, and our research students benefit from informal interaction with each other. You will be provided with working and storage space, as well as a computer. On arrival you will discuss your research programme with your supervisor, and you will attend general induction sessions.

Postgraduate training

Carrying out research is learned in apprenticeship mode as PhD student works with a supervisor. Our PhD students receive various forms of training during their period of research, eg attending courses in the London Taught Courses Centre, attendance at EPSRC summer schools; provision of advanced lecture courses; College training courses for graduates who will give tutorial teaching to undergraduates; weekly seminars in the area of your research; frequent research group meetings; attendance at national and international conference and research meetings. Communication skills are developed by: preparing and presenting seminars in the department, assisted by your supervisor; apprenticeship in writing papers and, in due course, the PhD thesis. Students also have the opportunity to give tutorials (with training, see above) to undergraduates.

Head of group/division

Professor Simon Salamon

Contact for information

Contact the Admissions Office • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form (www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions) • After applying: use the messaging service at apply.kcl.ac.uk Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1648

Contact email

[email protected]

Course website


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How to Apply

Application procedure

You can apply for supervision in all fields of interest of our staff members. Your application is considered and processed by the relevant admissions officers. We aim to reply within six weeks. To suitably qualified applicants, we offer opportunities to meet with prospective supervisors. Each February we hold an open day which provides information about our research activities and an opportunity to meet with relevant members of the department.

September, January, and April start dates are available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at beginning of the academic year in September, when the College offers a full induction programme.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please include a personal statement summarising those aspects of your background that support your application. In particular please give your mathematical qualifications and reasons for pursuing a PhD. This statement can cover both sections 6 and 8 of the application form.

Course intake

PhD: 8-15 FT, 2-5 PT per year; MPhil: 5-10 FT, 1-5 PT per year.

Joint PhDs - Application advice

Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, ie where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.

Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel Plan form.

It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.

Application closing date

There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.

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