Department of Mathematics - Research Activity

We are a large research active department with a significant number of PhD students. Within Applied Mathematics we have a significant research presence in Applied Analysis; Computational Mathematics; Continuum Mechanics and Mathematical Physics. We also have an active group working in Statistics and Operational Research.

The Department of Mathematics achieved excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with nearly 60% of the research in the department rated 'World Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent'. Within the London area Statistics and Operational Research was rated as the second best research department (equal to the London School of Economics, second to Imperial College). While Applied Mathematics was rated as the third best research department (behind Kings College and Imperial College).

The department is home to three research groups and three research centres. Use the links below to find out more about our research activity.

Research groups

Study for a PhD

Choosing to pursue a PhD research programme in the department gives you automatic access to world-class supervision by our internationally recognised academics, alongside dedicated research facilities. As part of our PhD student community, you will find yourself embedded within the largest research grouping of its type in the country.

Search our grants database

Use the link below to search the department's funded research grants.

Research centres

  • Brunel Institute of Computational Mathematics (BICOM) specialises in the theory and application of finite element methods.
  • Brunel University Random Systems Research Centre (BURSt) specialises in the study of random phenomena.
  • Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Optimisation Modelling Applications (CARISMA) focuses on risk and optimisation, especially in the field of finance. Members of the group engage in a significant amount of research. Much of this research is reported in the academic research literature. More details as to the work done can be found via pages associated with individual members of the group.
  • Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology (CSSB) creates the interdisciplinary environment necessary to bring together expertise from computing, mathematics, engineering and biosciences. Systems biology is concerned with the complex outcomes and properties that living systems have due to the interactions, structure, and coordination of their component parts. Synthetic Biology seeks to design, modify and build new living systems in a rational manner.

Page last updated: Monday 06 March 2017