Postgraduate research study

Postgraduate research study

We consider applications from UK, EU and other international students for our PhD and research masters programmes. For further information on these in Mathematics and Statistics postgraduate degrees and on scholarships available please see the College of Science & Engineering Graduate School pages.

PhD study options

  • Full or part time PhD: Our standard (full time) PhD programme is four years in duration. Part time study is also possible. This programme is eligible for our university scholarships.
  • Maclaurin Scholarship for Postgraduate Research and Teaching: The Maclaurin scholarship has been created to provide an opportunity for a talented student to undertake study for a PhD in the mathematical sciences while simultaneously gaining teaching experience by contributing to the School’s extensive teaching programme. This is a five-year funded PhD scholarship which includes teaching duties.  Please indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered for the Maclaurin Scholarship.
  • PhD with integrated study: A four-year PhD programme which begins with a 9 month taught component which gives the student comprehensive training before they embark on the research component of their PhD. This programme is particularly well suited to students who do not pocess the required background knowledge in the subject to begin a PhD immediately. This programme is not eligible for our university scholarships.


Shortlisting and review of applications for scholarships will begin on 1 January and will continue until all funded places have been awarded. Applications are still accepted after 1 January and will be considered for any remaining scholarship opportunities.

PhD research topics

Information about the possibilities for your research project are available on our school research page. You can also find sample research topics for both mathematics and statistics aimed at giving an impression of the breath of different topics available.

How to apply

Full instructions on how to apply on-line to study on our Ph.D. and research masters programmes are found at College of Science and Engineering graduate school website,  where you can also find information on English language requirements for the programmes.


If you have any questions about research in Mathematics and Statistics or you would like some advice, please do not hesitate to contact us:

School Postgraduate Research Director

Applied Mathematics

Dr Rob Teed
Pure Mathematics Prof Mark Powell
Statistics Dr Nema Dean


Telephone: +44 (0)141 330 2940

Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
School of Mathematics and Statistics
University Place
Glasgow, G12 8QQ