The degree is awarded on successful completion of a thesis based on original research carried out over a period of between three and four years, depending on the subject area, under the guidance of your supervisor. Most of the first year is usually spent deepening your knowledge by attending courses and seminars and by reading books and papers. Students belonging to the Centre for Particle Theory will normally follow CPT lecture courses in their first year.
Applicants will be allocated two supervisors. For the majority of people, this will be decided upon offer; however for the Centre for Particle Theory group the supervisory team will be assigned after the lecture courses have got underway, by mutual agreement between staff and students.
Consult our research webpages for more information about the scientific activities we are engaged in, and about the areas of mathematics in which you might be supervised.
You are encouraged to apply early. See how to apply for a PhD.
Students studying elsewhere for higher degrees are most welcome to spend a term or two in Durham. For attendance at one term of the graduate lecture course the fee is 1/4 of the normal yearly fee for postgraduate study. Library and computing facilities are freely available to such students, as well as seminars, the journal club and the preprint collection. There are also opportunities for a small number of students to come to Durham under the Erasmus/Socrates scheme.