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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 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) with 65% of the research in the department rated 'World Leading' or 'Internationally Excellent'. 

The department is home to three research groups and four research centres:

Research groups

Research centres

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

You are very welcome to undertake your PhD or MPhil in one of our research areas and work alongside our researchers. As a research student you'll benefit from the latest work by internationally-renowned academics and the support of our Graduate School. Many of our research initiatives involve successful collaborations with industry, the public sector, business and government, both in the UK and overseas. We have many funded and non-funded research degree opportunities available. For more information, visit our Research Degrees homepage

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.


Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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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 the Enquiries team.

Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

You can find a list of PhD completions here.