PhD student loans
The UK Government has introduced PhD loans of up to £25000 to UK and EU nationals, residing in England, for postgraduate research programmes starting in the academic year 2018-19. Read more here.
About the course
The Brunel Integrated PhD combines PhD research with a programme of structured research, professional and subject training. The programme typically takes 4 years (compared to 3 years for a non-integrated PhD programme). On successful completion, you will be awarded a PhD with an Integrated Postgraduate Diploma in Research in your chosen subject specialisation.
You will benefit from this programme immensely if you want to:
- receive a more much guided and hands-on supervision of your learning and research process, especially if you come from more traditional teaching cultures
- increase your changes for a timely completion of your PhD programme in comparison to students taking traditional route PhD, cutting down the expenses associated with prolonged study
- access to tailored, highly specialist research training not available as part of the support provided to traditional route PhD students
- maximise your changes for a successful research analysis by applying practical assignments and training which are part of the integrated PhD directly to the research you do for your thesis
- receive an official Postgraduate Diploma in Research in addition to your PhD award to certify the completion of skills training which may be required by employers in some countries if you wish to pursue an academic career
Considering the expertise and track record of the Department staff, the following areas have been identified as the main research strengths within the Department of Mathematics:
- Applied Mathematical Analysis
- Computational Mathematics
- Continuum Mechanics and Waves
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
- Financial Mathematics and Risk Analysis
- Mathematical Physics
- Operational Research
- Probability, Statistics and Data Analytics
- 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.
Potential research projects
PhD/MPhil applications are invited in the following areas:
- Applied Mathematical Analysis
- Computational Mathematics
- Continuum Mechanics and Wave Scattering
- Financial Mathematics
- Mathematical Physics
- Operational Research
Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)
Careers and your future
Paid work available to research students
Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students. The first level post is as a Demonstrator and the second level post is as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Teaching and learning support duties will vary between Departments and research students should not rely on such opportunities being available. Find out more here.
Following the completion of the course students may follow several career paths:
- Career path within academia starting as a Post-doc or Lecturer/Assistant Professor at a university
- Career progression within research institutions commencing as a Researcher and progressing to Senior Researcher.
- Career path within industry as a Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientists, Financial Analyst, etc.
- Career path in secondary education as Maths teacher, Maths Subject Leader
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry criteria 2019/20
The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.
As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. Learn how to prepare a research statement here.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
Supervisors with insight
Our supervisors create knowledge and advance understanding, and equip research students with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society. Browse all potential supervisor profiles further here.
Below we have listed our supervisors by research area:
- Applied Mathematical Analysis (Dr. Bruveris, Dr. Furter, Dr. Krasikov, Prof. Mikhailov, Dr. Winter)
- Computational Mathematics (Dr. Maischak, Dr. Shaw, Dr. Warby, Prof. Mikhailov, Prof. Whiteman)
- Continuum Mechanics and Waves (Dr. Greenhow, Dr. Lawrie, Dr. Maischak, Prof. Mikhailov, Dr. Nolde, Dr. Pichugin, Dr. Shaw, Dr. Warby, Dr. Whiteman)
- Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics (Dr. Hall, Dr. Krasikov)
- Financial Mathematics and Risk Analysis (Dr. Boguslavskaya, Dr. Date, Prof. Hughston, Dr. Meier, Dr. Roman, Dr. Vinciotti, Prof. Yu)
- Geometry (Dr. Bruveris, Prof. Hughston, Dr. Kaloghiros, Dr. Meier)
- Mathematical Physics (Prof. Hughston, Dr. Meier, Dr. Savin, Dr. Smolyarenko, Dr. Virmani)
- Operational Research (Dr. Boguslavskaya, Dr. Date, Dr. Lucas, Dr. Roman)
- Probability, Statistics and Data Analytics (Dr. Boguslavskaya, Prof. Hughston, Dr. Vinciotti, Prof. Yu)
Find out about working with the Supervisory Team here.
Facts and figures
Brunel University London REF2014 Submission: Mathematical Sciences. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The results of the REF2014 have been made public in December 2014, replacing the previous REF conducted in 2008. The next REF will be undertaken in 2020. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 - A Guide for PhD Students
Study environment for research students
Find out more: Study environment for research students
Excellent research support and training
Extensive training and support is offered to all research students by the Graduate School, with regular Masterclasses and individual advice on academic issues as part of the Researcher Development Programme. Read more about the available Research Support and Training.
Brunel's library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 e-books, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject Information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs.
- state-of-the-art research information management tools including a research publication and grant database
- one of the largest UK’s full text repository
- an integrated data management system
- analytical tools such as Altmertic and InCites
- Open Access centrally managed fund
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
Full time: £9620 and Part time: £4810
Full time: £18,720
Full time: £9250 and Part time: £4625
Full time: £18,000
We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Explore external funding, particularly the Research Councils, as well as other support.
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase.