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The Department of Mathematics at York offers the opportunity to study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), as well as the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Mathematics, in a thriving research environment. You should first have a look at our research (, where you will find for each area a list of staff members and their research supervision interests, from which you can click through to individual staff pages. You may like to make email contact to discuss a possible project, but many students come to us with no definite project or supervisor - feel free to apply anyway.

Prospective students

In order to apply for a place on one of our research degrees (PhD, PhD (with Foundation Phase), MPhil or MSc by Research), we ask that you first submit an online application. We cannot accept a CV or any other documentation in place of a formal application. When you apply for a place on one of our research degrees, you should submit an explanation (in your own words) of why you wish to undertake a research degree in your chosen field. This document should be at least 250 words in length. It would be helpful if you could complete the personal statement section of the application form with an explanation of any relevant experience or any other information which you feel might be helpful to the selectors.

Prospective students should be aware that they may be invited to participate in an interview (either face-to-face or by Skype) as part of the selection process. Applicants whose first language is not English should therefore be sufficiently fluent in English to speak confidently about their intended area of research and engage in an academic conversation about their mathematical background and interests, even if they have not already met the English language entry requirement (see below) by the time they submit their application.

The Department of Mathematics supports the principles laid out in the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme. We value diversity and aim to create an inclusive community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of individual characteristics such as age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity.

The Department is firmly committed to women's progression in mathematics and holds the Bronze Award of the Athena SWAN programme for women in science. Seven of our lecturers and professors are women, along with about 40% of our students. Our female graduates work in fields as diverse as medical statistics, defence and the financial industry, and for employers such as BAE Systems and Microsoft. York is a great place for a woman to study and graduate in mathematics.


The MPhil is a research degree by thesis, the minimum period of study being two years. The thesis must be submitted before the end of the third year of study. Extensions beyond this may only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Applications for part-time study will be considered from UK/EU applicants.

Students who may be interested in studying for a research degree over one year should refer to the course page for the MSc (by Research) in Mathematics:

Continued registration on any course is conditional upon satisfactory academic progress and attendance.


Throughout the course of study every research each student will have a supervisor (alternatively, two members of staff may jointly supervise a student) who will guide their work. In addition, progress is monitored by the student's Thesis Advisory Panel in two meetings each year.

The MPhil and PhD may be taken part-time over a period longer than the corresponding full-time period. Please indicate this on your application form if you are interested in this option. However, students from outside the European Union should note that only full-time students are eligible to apply for a Tier 4 student visa.

Visit the Mathematics - MPhil page on the University of York website for more details!




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