PhD studentships in string theory and related topics

The Fields, Strings, and Geometry Group in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Surrey invites applications for two PhD studentships funded by the STFC.

Start date

1 January 2023


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source


Funding information

Tax-free stipend of about £16,000 p.a. and UK fees covered. For international students, the difference between UK and international tuition fees may be waived by the University on a case-by-case basis. There is also travel funding to attend schools and workshops/conferences.


This project will be supervised by two members of the in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey.

The project will be in any of the group members areas of research. The members of the group have research interests across a variety of fields including but not limited to black holes, fluid dynamics, geometric analysis, integrability, supergravity, brane solutions, gauge/string dualities, higher structures, M-theory, and twistor geometry. For full details about the group, please visit the Fields, Strings and Geometry group webpage.

You will join an enthusiastic group with an excellent international reputation and a lively community of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. The members of the group have extensive collaborations and links with other research institutions world-wide. 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 academic horizon by taking taught courses via national networks such as the national MAGIC consortia as well as our own in-house MSc courses.

There are no specific supervisors as this is a generic advert and the supervisor will depend on who is applying. Any academic member of staff of the Fields, Strings, and Geometry group is a prospective supervisor.

Deadline: open until filled

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should have a minimum of a first class honours degree in mathematics, the physical sciences or engineering. Preferably applicants will hold a MMath, MPhys or MSc degree, though exceptional BSc students will be considered.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing, or equivalent.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the PhD Mathematics programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

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Contact details

Martin Wolf
25A AA 04
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 684770

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