Mathematics PhD

My PhD research uses ideas from differential geometry to construct a geometric description of difference equations.

Linyu Peng PhD Mathematics

Why Surrey?

From geometry, partial differential equations to fluid dynamics, meteorology, statistics and modelling in the life sciences – Mathematics at Surrey offers an extraordinary range of research opportunities that lie at the heart of tackling key scientific questions of our age.

Staff at the forefront of their field offer support for innovative research programmes in a lively, inspiring and intellectually stimulating environment.

The research interests of the Department cut a broad swathe through both pure and applied areas of mathematics. A particular emphasis is placed on research at the interface between pure and applied mathematics.

Research in the Department is organised into a number of research groups, but there are many overlaps and links between these.

Our research combines the development of new mathematics with innovative applications in areas such as wave energy, industrial ecology, biological systems, theoretical and experimental physics, space mission design and meteorology.

Our staff collaborate with many other research groups (both national and international) and we are part of the MAGIC network, which provides a large selection of PhD courses in pure and applied mathematics, so you will be able to explore these fields during your time with us.

Programme overview

Why not read about the experiences of past and present students studying the subject, including Sandra Kaebisch  and Linyu Peng?

PhD overview

As a PhD student, you will be trained in research for a career as a professional mathematician, which will allow you to pursue a career in academia, industry, or government.

The PhD programme in Mathematics usually takes three to four years to complete. You will work with one or perhaps two supervisors. You will meet with them on a frequent basis, discuss your research and your career development, and they will oversee your progress and offer advice throughout your PhD studies.

Our research areas

  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Biophysics
  • Metabolism dynamical systems and PDEs
  • Mathematical statistics
  • Nonlinear PDEs
  • Dynamical systems
  • Calculus of variations
  • Geometry and mechanics
  • Quantum field theory, string/m-theory and supergravity
  • Gauge/gravity, field theory and string theory dualities
  • Topological field and string theory
  • Classical and quantum integrability
  • Twistor geometry and geometric analysis
  • Geometric fluid dynamics
  • Mathematical meteorology and data assimilation
  • Water waves
  • Hydrodynamic stability

Further details are available on the Department of Mathematics Research Interests page.


Funding is available for outstanding candidates. In particular, the Faculty has a number of fully-funded PhD studentships for UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements.

These studentships will include tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. The department also has a number of scholarships available for the partial funding of overseas fees.  


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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 30-48 months
  • Part-time: 60-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July


Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 682 222

Entry Requirements

A first class honours degree in mathematics, physical sciences or engineering, or a higher qualification such as a good MMath, MPhys or MSc degree.

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English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £4,120 £16,500
Part-time £2,060 £8,250

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2016/17 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2016 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

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