Mathematical Sciences PhD
Qualifications and durations
- Full-time MPhil 1-3 years
- Full-time PhD 2-4 years
- Part-time MPhil 2-4 years
- Part-time PhD 3-6 years
Students 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 registration for PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process, the details of which may vary, but which normally involves submission of written work and an oral examination.
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.
As part of our new Doctoral College initiative we may sometimes offer a PhD degree with a taught element. This will take roughly three and a half years and for all funded students there will be funding to cover the extra time.
First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate subject. The minimum non-graduate qualifications* acceptable for admission to the University of Bath are:
- Membership of recognised professional institutions of at least graduate status as a result of examination.
- The following qualifications are acceptable for admission to a preliminary course in preparation for courses leading to a Masters Degree.
- BTEC Higher National Qualifications in an appropriate subject with at least five merits in designated modules where appropriate.
- Equivalent qualifications taken prior to 1986.
- Extended and responsible experience in a relevant field in industry, in teaching or a government establishment, together with authorship of technical papers of an acceptable academic standard.
- For taught MSc only, the Vordiplom of a German University with mention “gut” or “sehr gut”.
* Except where otherwise stated, these conditions refer to candidates for the Degree of Master only.
IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).
TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in the TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 21 in each of the components.
Two references are required.
Dr Roger Moser
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