Faculty of Science



  • Full-time PhD 2-4 years
  • Part-time PhD 3-6 years

Pathways: Mathematics, Stastistics, Probability

Application deadline: There are three entry points in the academic year: October, January and April. For an October start the deadline is 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).

Tuition fees

E-mail: fsci-pgadmissions@bath.ac.uk

PhD in Mathematical Sciences

‘I currently work for Schlumberger, the biggest oil and gas service provider in the world. My job requires a good understanding of a broad range of programming skills as well as the ability to apply classical and cutting edge mathematical techniques. My PhD at Bath offered many opportunities for development outside the scope of my course and ultimately prepared me for a successful career’.

Dr Tatiana Kim, PhD Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath

A Mathematical Sciences PhD is for graduates with an interest in developing their mathematical skills further and participating in scientific research, often with a view to a career in academic or industrial research themes.

 The programme is suitable for students who wish to specialise in any of the areas of research in the department which are:

Why study Mathematical Sciences with us?

  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 88% of our research was rated world leading/internationally excellent.
  • Students will find a strong culture of collaboration and mutual support.
  • Approximately half of the PhD students in Bath are funded, reflecting the department's excellent collaboration with industry.

What will I learn?

You will be led to the cutting edge of mathematics and statistics research and learn the latest methods and techniques in the field.

Postgraduate students are offered a variety of training courses and are encouraged to attend international scientific meetings. In addition to local courses, both subject specific and with a view to transferable
skills, students can benefit from our cooperation with other institutions, in particular the Mathematics Taught Course Centre and the Academy for PhD Training in Statistics.

At a glance

For further information please see our department pages

To find out more about opportunities for Postgraduate research please see our PhD programme page.

Programme structure

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the degree of PhD. Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

The confirmation of the PhD programme (and the end of the probationary period) is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and on oral examination which usually takes place 12 months after the initial registration.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Career opportunities

PhD graduates from the Department of Mathematical Sciences haveprogressed to a broad selection of careersincluding prestigious academic positions all over the UK, the rest of Europe and North America, as well as industrial positions in companies such as:

  • UK Met office
  • Commerzbank
  • Barclays Capital
  • Detica
  • Liverpool-Victoria Actuarial Division
  • PfizerAstraZeneca
  • NHS Medial Physics
  • GazProm
  • Sun Alliance
  • Smith Institute
  • Schlumberger
  • Tessella.