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Research degrees



The PhD degree is a research degree, meaning that students are assessed on a thesis presenting original results obtained in the course of their research.

It is possible to undertake research leading to the PhD degree in any of the areas of interest of the Department of  Mathematics. Each mathematics PhD student has a main supervisor who directs their work throughout the research degree - suggesting research problems, background reading, lecture courses, research seminars, and conferences.

Our research groups are Theoretical Physics, Financial Mathematics, Disordered Systems (apply for the Applied Mathematics programme), Analysis, GeometryNumber Theory (apply for the Pure Mathematics programme) and Statistics.



Duration Full-time: 3-4 years; Part-time: 6-8 years.

MPhil/PhD Research degree in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics at King's College London, option of joint PhD with Hong Kong University

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Duration Full time: 3-4 years; Part-time: 6-8 years

PhD Research degree in Statistics at King's College London

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Funding in the Department of Mathematics

There are a number of funding schemes available. Some cover both stipend (to cover living costs) and College fees, while others may cover fees only. The main funding opportunities for the Mathematics department are listed below. More finding options may be listed on postgraduate research funding pages.

We suggest prospective students apply by 1 February to ensure full consideration for our available funding opportunities. All scholarships, bursaries or other awards are offered on a competitive basis. Some King's funding opportunities may have earlier deadlines, such as the King's-China Scholarship programme.


All eligible PhD applicants are automatically considered for these awards when they apply to the Department of Mathematics, no separate application form is required. All academic staff working in the mathematical sciences are eligible to supervise these projects; preference might be given to supervisors who are early-career researchers.

All PhD applicants are automatically considered for these awards when they apply to the Department of Mathematics, no separate application form is required. Eligibility criteria may apply.

This Centre for Doctoral Training has a separate application process, and is run jointly by King's, UCL and Imperial College London. Students can also apply to the Pure Mathematics PhD programme at King's. To find out more about LSGNT please see the website below:

London School of Geometry and Number Theory (LSGNT)

The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences offers studentships in the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics. The Studentship is funded for 3.5 years, with a bursary starting at the standard research council rate, and which will cover the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees.

There may occasionally be opportunities to apply for externally funded PhD studentships. Further information is available online on websites such as Postgraduate Studentships and Find a PhD.

Postgraduate studentships

Many international postgraduate students come to King's with funding from their own countries, from government scholarships or employers. We welcome applications from such students.


London School of Geometry & Number Theory

This four-year PhD programme comprises a largely taught first year followed by a three-year research project, with approximately 50 supervisors available across Imperial College London, King's College London & University College London.

Courses for PhD students

We participate in the London Graduate School in Mathematical Finance, a consortium of the mathematical finance groups of Birkbeck, Brunel, Cass Business School, Imperial, King's, LSE and UCL. It provides a programme of advanced courses in mathematical finance. We also participate in the London Taught Course Centre which offers advanced courses for PhD students in mathematics, including several courses that are relevant for research in analysis and statistics.

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