Postgraduate study

The School of Mathematics has about 95 members of academic staff from over 24 countries covering three areas of mathematics research, and an international reputation for excellence in each.

The school offers cutting-edge PhD and taught Masters programmes and welcomes applications from national and international students all year round.

Potential PhD projects within our research groups are listed in the Postgraduate Study in Mathematics and Statistics booklet.

Postgraduate Study in Mathematics and Statistics booklet (PDF, 485kB)

Research programmes

  • Applied Mathematics - PhD or MSc by research

    Research is concentrated in the areas of dynamical systems and statistical mechanics, mathematical physics (quantum chaos, random matrix theory, quantum information), fluid dynamics, materials science and scientific computing.

  • Pure Mathematics - PhD or MSc by research

    Research is formed around the topics of algebra, analysis, ergodic theory and dynamical systems, logic, number theory, and combinatorics.

  • Probability and StatisticsĀ - PhD or MSc by research

    The main research areas are applied probability, Bayesian modelling and analysis, behavioural biology, multiscale methods, Monte Carlo methods, nonparametric regression, optimisation under uncertainty, statistical bioinformatics, statistical signal processing and the analysis of time series.

Taught programmes

  • MSc Mathematical Sciences

    A one-year taught course. The programme would be ideal for those hoping to pursue a career in finance, commerce and science, and would provide a solid grounding in mathematics for those interested in doctoral study. Students choose an area of current research and then take taught units from October to April and write a dissertation in that area until September.

  • MSc Statistics

    A full one-year taught postgraduate programme, consisting of two semesters of coursework followed by a substantial project dissertation. It is designed to provide high quality postgraduate training in the methods and practice of research.

Postgraduate student views

I chose Bristol because there are lots of top professors here, including Fellows of the Royal Society, and the academic staff are engaged in research – the number of top papers, presentations, prizes and fellowships produced/won by them is quite staggering.

Zhangyi He, PhD Mathematics

What our postgraduates say

Did you know?

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Mathematical sciences at Bristol was ranked No. 4 for impact, No. 5 overall in the Times Higher Education rankings.

Bursaries for taught programmes

The University will be offering 119 scholarships, valued at £10,000 for UK/EU students starting at the University of Bristol in September 2015.

Potential PhD projects within our research groups are listed in the Postgraduate Study in Mathematics and Statistics booklet