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Excellence in mathematics research

The University of Reading is in the top 125 in the world for Physical Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, by Subject). 

We have a long and established track record of research that makes an impact. 98% of our research is world leading or internationally excellent and 100% of our research impact has been classed ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Mathematical Sciences).

Our applied research covers a wide range of areas – from endangered elephants to better weather forecasts; from the design and analysis of clinical trials to real-time monitoring of evolving social networks.

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Supportive learning community

When you start a PhD in mathematics at Reading, you'll join a friendly, inclusive community of passionate staff and students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, who will motivate you to achieve your goals. You'll also be part of the wider doctoral community at Reading.

There are regular opportunities to meet with other doctoral students, including at our departmental seminars and workshops, and at lectures, training and networking and social events run by the University's Doctoral and Researcher College.

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Expert PhD supervision

Our academics are leaders in their fields. They supervise PhDs on a broad range of topics within pure and applied mathematics and statistics.

Throughout your PhD you'll be supported by one or more academic supervisors, who will meet with you regularly to provide advice and support.

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Reading presented me the exciting prospect of working in an area of very active research with internationally renowned specialists. It offered me the amazing opportunity to work in a dynamic scientific environment and be in close contact with other strong mathematical groups. And also the chance to undertake a wealth of training activities and courses that would broaden my technical knowledge and strengthen my technical skills.

Carlos André Viera Macedo

PhD researcher in mathematics

Collaborating on impactful interdisciplinary research

We work with a wide variety of academic and industrial partners on research that tackles global problems.

We are part of the larger School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, which includes our world-leading Department of Meteorology and several national research centres.

We also incorporate Europe's largest academic group in data assimilation. Its research not only ties together the main themes in meteorology (weather, climate and earth observation), but reaches across into mathematics, statistics and beyond.

Doing a PhD at Reading, you always have staff and other PhDs to ask questions, learn from and importantly have a bit of a laugh with now and again. I really have felt that no question is a stupid question. My supervisors have been absolutely great throughout my PhD, with regular meetings, useful advice, lots of encouragement, and help with keeping calm when life gets stressful.

Nicola Thorn

PhD student

Research training

In the first two years of your degree course, you will benefit from a programme of relevant postgraduate courses which will be agreed between you and your supervisor/s as well as a programme of transferable skills organised by the Graduate School.

Your career

Our PhD students go on to work in academia as postdoctoral researchers, but also quickly find employment in industries such as IT, defence, fraud detection, finance and banking.


How we support you

You'll receive support from our Department as well as the Doctoral and Researcher College, which is the University of Reading's hub for all doctoral activity. 


Fees and funding

The University allocates around 150 entry awards each year in PhD studentships and bursaries, so there are many ways to access PhD funding.


PhD opportunities

Find a mathematics PhD that aligns with your interests and career ambitions. We offer flexible modes of study to suit your needs.
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