Mathematics and Statistics

Our excellent reputation is based on staff expertise in pure and applied mathematics and statistics, and a research environment and culture dedicated to developing PhD students for careers in industry and academia.


• Dedicated office space for our research community.
• Full access to our dedicated network of powerful computers.
• Access to European large-scale computing facilities such as HPC Europa.

MPhil/PhD Study

Based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics , our staff and students work with colleagues in other parts of the University including the Faculty of Medical Sciences and relevant research institutes and centres. We are also active in consortia outside the University including LOFAR UK, UKMHD and FEPRE.

Research is grouped around our three main subject areas and we offer PhD supervision for projects in any of these areas.

Pure Mathematics

 Homological algebra
• Geometric group theory
• Quantum computing
• Functional analysis

Applied Mathematics

• Fluid dynamics
• Astrophysics
• Cosmology
• Prehistoric population dynamics

We produce state-of-the-art simulations for quantum fluids, astrophysical fluids and magnetic fields and are international leaders in dynamo theory. 


• Applied probability
• Biostatistics
• Bayesian statistics
• Statistical bioinformatics

We have funding for PhD studentships and these can be found on the University’s funding database when details are available. 

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Professional Development

• Seminar series provides you with opportunities to practise presenting your work to fellow students and academic colleagues.
• Active encouragement to network outside the University through participating in the MAGIC group and attending sessions run by the Newcastle–Durham Graduate Centre
• Opportunities to attend conferences and scientific meetings in the UK and overseas.


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