This is a three to four-year research programme culminating in submission and examination of a thesis containing substantial original work. PhD students carry out their research under the guidance of a supervisor, and research projects are available from a wide range of subjects studied within the Department. Students admitted for a PhD will normally have completed preparatory study at a level comparable to the Cambridge Part III (MMath/MASt) course. A significant number of our PhD students secure post-doctoral positions at institutions around the world and become leading researchers in their fields.
Thesis / Dissertation Assessment for the PhD is by submission of a thesis and oral examination only. There is no standard format for the thesis in mathematics (ie no prescribed word limit). Candidates should discuss the format appropriate to their topic with their supervisor. The Mathematics Degree Committee oversees the examination process and is responsible for approving the research title of the thesis, appointing examiners and scrutinising the reports of those examiners before making a decision on the outcome.
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. The usual minimum entry requirement is a first-class honours degree, awarded after a four-year course in physics, mathematics or engineering, or a three-year degree together with a one-year postgraduate course on advanced mathematics and theoretical physics. Cambridge Part III (MMath/MASt) is such a course. Note, however, that entry is competitive and a higher level of preparation may be required for research in some subject areas.
Fees and funding
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