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Research and PhD programmes


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 four research centres:

Research groups

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics Group (CAM)
  • Financial Mathematics, Operational Research and Statistics Group (FORS)
    - Financial Mathematics Team 
    - Statistics Group
  • Mathematical Physics and Combinatorics Group (MPC)

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.
  • 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.

Mathematics sits within the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. Brunel has three academic Colleges that are all research active. They deliver world-class teaching and conduct specialised research, offering students a wealth of opportunities.

Study for a PhD

Our PhD programme typically takes 3 years as a full-time student, and 6 years as a part-time student to complete. With the guidance and support of our academics, our PhD degree will give you the opportunity to complete an original research project and to make a contribution to mathematical research.

Alongside the traditional PhD programme, we also offer a four year PhD programme as part of the Brunel Integrated PhD initiative. The Brunel Integrated PhD allows you to participate in a tailor-made programme of taught modules to enhance your research and transferable skills. In addition to pursuing your research, during the first three years you’ll study a tailor-made programme of taught modules that will underpin your academic study and enhance your skills as a researcher.

Mathematics PhD

Mathematical Sciences Integrated PhD

You can also choose the MPhil degree, which is a 1 year degree, and involves the exploration of a research topic. You can then choose to deepen your engagement by continuing to pursue a PhD.

Research profile

We’re active in the following areas of mathematics:

  • Combinatorics
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Non Linear Systems
  • Operational Research and Risk Modelling
  • Statistics

For more information about Research Degrees please contact:

Ms Frances Foster
Email mscmaths@brunel.ac.uk 
Tel +44 (0)1895 265392

You can find a list of PhD completions here.