Fundamental physics, string theory and geometry

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University of Surrey
Funding information

This studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees, with an additional stipend for UK applicants. Additional funding is also available to cover travel cots for international conferences and summer schools.


This project will be supervised by two members of the Fields, Strings and Geometry group in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey.

The research areas of interest for this project are primarily in string theory, quantum field theory and general relativity in the context of: string compactifications and mirror symmetry, supergravity, supersymmetry, black holes, integrability, and other closely related areas of research.

The project will involve work in one or more of these fields.

As a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics you will work as part of a vibrant and supportive community of early career researchers who exchange ideas and collaborate with each other and the mathematical community. You will be extensively trained for a career as a professional mathematician, which will set you on the right track for the future.

During your PhD you will also receive a comprehensive training in transferable skills such as project management, communication and time management through our faculty graduate school. In addition, you will broaden your mathematical horizons by taking courses via national networks such as the national MAGIC consortia as well as our own in-house masters programme.


To be eligible for a full award of fees plus stipend, a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education) .

Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

The project includes funding for travel to attend international conferences and summer schools.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are expected to hold one of the following:

  1. A first-class degree in an MMath or MPhys qualification
  2. A MSc qualification
  3. A first-class honours degree in mathematics, physical sciences or engineering

Applicants who have completed graduate level courses in quantum field theory, general relativity and differential geometry; a course in string theory would be looked upon favourably.

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

How to apply

Formal applications can be made on our PhD Mathematics course page. In your application you must mention this studentship in order to be considered. 

The deadline for applications is 29 March 2018. Applications will be considered as they arrive and may close earlier if the right candidate is identified.

PhD Mathematics

Contact details

Matthew Turner
36 AA 04
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686183
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