School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

PhDs and MPhils


Almost all of the impact-focused research we submitted to the REF2014 was classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Our work has enabled Newcastle University to rank in the Top 10 for Research Impact in Mathematical Sciences (Unit of Assessment 10) in the REF2014.

Please note that candidates may only submit one application but this can be linked to multiple projects and studentships by specifying this on the application form or in the cover letter.  If an application has already been submitted, it can be later linked to another project/studentship by contacting PG Admissions.

Fully-funded PhD Projects

Throughout the year we advertise a range of funded PhD studentships. Opportunities will be posted below as soon as they become available.

The following studentships have an application deadline of 28th February 2021:

Self-funded projects

We also invite applications for the study of PhD and MPhil degrees in Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at any time during the year.

Please see our list of currently available research projects.

For further information please select from one of the following:

Co-funded projects with an external partner

We are looking to co-fund PhD and MPhil projects with external partners. These might be in industry, government, business, or other non-academic fields. If you are a prospective postgraduate student or external partner with an idea for a joint project, please contact

Why choose us?


We offer an outstanding postgraduate experience, as evidenced by our very high score of 95% for overall satisfaction in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2017, and one of the highest completion rates.

During your project, you will be supervised by one of our leading experts.  You will have the opportunity to become part of a thriving research group, which will provide a wider environment for networking, group activities and seminars.

All successful candidates, regardless of funding, will receive:

  • a generous travel grant
  • a new desktop computer
  • a desk in a shared office
  • access to APTS and MAGIC training courses, and local Masters-level modules.
  • training in R, MATLAB, Python and Fortran (if needed) 
  • training and access to state-of-the-art high performance computing facilities (if needed)
  • training in advanced experimental techniques and access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities (if needed).
  • the opportunity to assist in lecture courses and tutorials

Research Projects

Applicants may suggest their own project or choose from the projects described in the sections below. If you choose a PhD project from the areas we've suggested, please provide the titles of your top three projects and list in order of preference. You should use the university's online application form to apply.

Student Profiles

  • Tom

    Course: Mathematics MPhil,PhD

    Studying at Newcastle

    Newcastle University often boasts about its high impact of research. It's a great honour to try and contribute to that with my own research.

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  • Maryam

    Course: Mathematics and Statistics PhD

    Studying at Newcastle

    I found myself in the midst of experts who are so enthusiastic about conducting research in their chosen fields.

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  • Jack

    Mathematics and Statistics PhD

    Studying at Newcastle

    We are based in a great office with businesses working elsewhere in our building who have a lot of experience dealing with the types of problems we are researching.

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