The Integrated PhD combines taught Masters’ level modules with doctoral level study and will provide an opportunity to make a unique contribution to mathematics and statistics research.
As a research postgraduate in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics you will be working under the supervision of an expert in your chosen field. To help you identify a topic and potential supervisor, we encourage you to find out more about our staff specialisms.
Supervision for the research element of the Mathematics and Statistics IPhD is broadly organised under the following areas:
Pure Mathematics has multiple subgroups. In analysis, one subgroup concentrates on operator theory and function theory, the other on Banach algebras, cohomology and modules. In algebra there are subgroups devoted to the study of infinite groups, and finite classical groups and their geometries.
Applied Mathematics have research interests in :
- fluid dynamics, including numerical modelling of quantum fluids (superfluid liquid Helium and Bose-Einstein condensates).
- classical and astrophysical fluids (the Earth's core, planetary dynamos, accretion discs and galaxies).
- Cosmology, including the very early universe and quantum gravity
Statistics research breaks down into the following research groups:
- Bayesian statistics,
- Statistical bioinformatics and stochastic systems biology
Research seminars and events
We run weekly research seminars in algebra and geometries, analysis, and applied mathematics, as well as postgraduate seminars led by students.
We also offer extensive personal development training in which you can gain presentation and interview skills, technical skills, and teaching skills.
The IPhD combines taught Masters’ level modules with research. The taught element consists of research training and subject-specific modules with a minimum credit value of 140. These modules help you develop the topic for your PhD thesis and equip you with the study skills to manage a research project.
On satisfactory completion of 100 credits of the taught component, two supervisors will be allocated to you to proceed to the research stage where you will undertake a thesis, normally not exceeding 50,000-words.
Your thesis and viva
The PhD is completed by writing a thesis describing your work and successfully defending this thesis in an oral examination, called a viva. At the viva, you will discuss your research with two examiners, including a leading researcher from outside Newcastle.
Partnerships and networks
We are part of:
- the North British Functional Analysis Seminar
- the North British Geometric Group Theory Seminar
- Algebra and Representation Theory in the North, funded by the London Mathematical Society and the Edinburgh Mathematical Society
The Joint Quantum Centre, broadly dedicated to various aspects of quantum science, is composed of members from Durham University and Newcastle University.
You will have access to online research facilities via your own desktop PC in a shared postgraduate work space. There is also a teaching cluster (of about 150 PCs) within the Herschel Building.
As well as the library resources provided by the main Peter Robinson Library, you will have access to the School's library.
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Training & Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme and Research Student Support Team.
Researcher Development Programme
Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.
Our programme will help you to:
- complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
- use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
- identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
- gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree
Postgraduate Research Student Support
Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.
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Computing scientists and statisticians work together on challenging problems in this exciting area. The CDT is supported by many industrial partners worldwide. It also has strong academic links with international groups.
Modules for 2017 entry
- MAS8051 Mathematic and Statistics iPhD Research Skills
- MAS8052 Mathematic and Statistics iPhD Project Module
You take a further 80 credits from the following:
- MAS3701 Foundations of Group Theory
- MAS3702 Linear Analysis
- MAS3706 Topology
- MAS3707 Number Theory & Cryptography
- MAS3801 Methods for Differential Equations
- MAS3803 Advanced Fluid Dynamics
- MAS3805 Classical Fields
- MAS8306 Partial Differential Equations with Applications
- MAS3901 Applied Probability
- MAS3902 Bayesian Inference
- MAS3903 Linear Models
- MAS3906 Generalized Linear Models
- MAS8703 Geometries and Designs
- MAS8704 Coding Theory
- MAS8705 Matrix analysis
- MAS3708 Graphs and Symmetry
- MAS8709 Representation Theory
- MAS8751 Algebraic Topology
- MAS8752 Galois Theory
- MAS8753 Functional Analysis
- MAS8754 Topics in Analysis
- MAS8802 Quantum Mechanics
- MAS8804 Relativity and Cosmology
- MAS8807 Computational Modelling
- MAS8808 Instabilities
- MAS8809 Variational Methods
- MAS8851 Quantum Fluids
- MAS8852 Geophysical and Astrophysical fluids
- MAS8853 General Relativity
- MAS8904 Stochastic Financial Modelling
- MAS3905 Statistical Inference
- MAS8908 Experimental Design
- MAS8909 Markov Processes
- MAS8911 Time Series
- MAS8951 Modern Bayesian Inference
Further optional modules are also available.
You will take a further 20 credits of modules from the modules not taken in Stage 1. You also follow either 20 hours of postgraduate lectures in pure or applied mathematics.
A minimum of 60 credits of modules are also taken from the Researcher Development Programme.
A minimum of 40 credits of modules are also taken from the Researcher Development Programme.
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £4,800
Part time: £2,400
Full time: £18,600
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in mathematics or statistics. We also accept MMaths and MPhys degrees.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.
How to Apply
Before you apply you need to find and contact a research supervisor from the Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School.
We may invite you for interview or arrange a telephone interview.
There are usually three possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:
There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.