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Julian Mak

PhD Applied Mathematics - second year student

"The biggest challenges have been not knowing what to expect.In a way it's like exploration, you don't know what you are expecting. Exploring into the unknown; into the sea of mathematics."

Postgraduate research degrees

Here at Leeds we have a thriving postgraduate community, with more than 3,000 postgraduate researchers studying across the University. The Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences plays an important role in this community, being recognised world-wide for the quality and impact of its research.

Project opportunities

We have a wide range of project opportunities available which focus on some of the key areas of our research, including:

Advanced materials physics, biophysics, healthcare physics

Algebra, geometry and integrable systems with application to quantum information

Astrophysical, geophysical and environmental fluid dynamics

Data analytics with applications to finance, commerce, health and society

Cancer cell biology, drug discovery and therapeutics, mathematical biology and medicine

Process chemistry

Sensory perception, functional foods and nutraceuticals

Find a project
How to apply

Select a named project or topic from those listed on the subject pages OR identify an area of research that you are interested in.

Complete an online application form. 

You don’t need to contact a supervisor before applying but feel free to do so. You do not need you to write a research proposal but if applying for an area of research rather than a named project you should give a brief outline of the research that you would like to pursue.

If you are unsure which project to apply for or require assistance in making your application please contact the Faculty Postgraduate Admissions Office

Funding opportunities

A variety of funding options are available. Some of these are linked to specific projects whilst others can be applied more flexibly.

Leeds Doctoral Scholarships 

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences now has a number of Leeds Doctoral Scholarships available for 2017 entry, which can be used with projects from across the Faculty. 

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,296 for 2016/17).


Applicants must:

›  be a UK, EU or International fee paying applicant

›  have achieved at least a First Class (1) Honours
   degree or equivalent at undergraduate level in an
   appropriate subject

›  meet the English language requirements of your
   programme of study if English is not your first
   language (UK/EU applicants – prior to or at
   registration; international applicants – by the
   relevant scholarship deadline)

›  not have already been awarded or are currently
   studying for a doctoral degree

›  not already be in receipt of a doctoral scholarship

›  have submitted a research degree application
   and be in receipt of a student ID

How to apply 

Applicants will need to complete an online form which can be found here ›

Research Council Scholarships

There are 15 fully funded studentships available, through research council grants, which are generally available to cover full payment of UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. With many of these studentships applicants can choose their research areas and supervisors.

There are also a number of additional named project opportunities available, which have dedicated funding attached.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

Doctoral Training Programmes
Doctoral training programmes offer fully-funded PhD scholarships within defined subject areas, focusing on multi-disciplinary challenges in modern science. The funding is generally available for UK/EU students only but there are exceptions with some partial funding available for International students.

The Faculty actively offers projects linked to the following programmes:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics 
NERC Leeds-York Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research  
Astbury Centre Wellcome Trust Funded PhD 4 Year Programme on the molecular basis of biological mechanisms   
Astbury Centre BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme   
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces   
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine  
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy  
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products and Processes   

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% Alumni Tuition Fee Bursary.

Information about the full range of funding opportunities available can be found on the Postgraduate Scholarships website.