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The Department of Mathematics at University of 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. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key Features

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.

The Department of Mathematics from University of York 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. Several of our academic and research staff 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

Programme Structure

  • The PhD is a research degree by thesis. The normal period of enrolment is three years. After that, students may have an additional period of up to 12 months in which to complete and submit their thesis. Extensions beyond this may only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
  • The first two terms of study normally include the equivalent of six 10 hour graduate level courses taken from the programme of study provided by the EPSRC-funded MAGIC consortium graduate school (lectures by video link between 20 UK mathematics departments).
  • Students' progress is monitored and supported by a Thesis Advisory Panel, usually consisting of a minimum of three academic members of staff, including supervisor(s). Thesis Advisory Panels for full-time students usually meet twice a year (usually once a year for part-time students). Further information on the role of Thesis Advisory Panels and on formal reviews of progress can be found in the Policy on Research Degrees.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants for admission to graduate research degrees in Mathematics should have or expect to have a good honours degree (equivalent of 2.i or higher) in Mathematics, or a good honours degree in which Mathematics has formed a substantial part of the course.

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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