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Apply for a PhD Degree

Application procedure

We strongly encourage applicants to submit applications as early as possible. The new PG admissions cycle for postgraduate applications will open in 3rd September 2020. There is no formal deadline for applications, but we encourage you to apply by the 15th December 2020 if possible.

Students taking the courses are formally admitted to the University via a College or Society of the University and the Graduate School. Applications should be submitted on-line through the Graduate School; see their application web pages for more details of the on-line application system. If it is not possible for you to complete the on-line application form, please contact the department:

Postgraduate Admissions Secretary

Department of Mathematical Sciences

University of Durham

South Rd

Durham DH1 3LE

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3050
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 3051

Reference letters and Curriculum Vitae should be sent to the above address too.


The department welcomes enquiries about postgraduate admission. Below is a list of people with PhD admission responsibilities. Do not hesitate to contact them if you have further queries.

Degree/Area Contact Person Email
PhD in Pure Mathematics Prof Herbert Gangl
PhD in Particles, Strings and Cosmology Prof Simon Ross
PhD in Applied & Computational Analysis Dr Djoko Wirosoetisno
PhD in Stats, Probability, Operations Research Dr Tahani Coolen-Maturi