UK: Funded Doctoral Studentships at University of Oxford

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We seek outstanding students to undertake our 4 year DPhil research programme with the central aim of producing highly trained, outstanding mathematicians with deep expertise and interdisciplinary skills in the analysis and applications of PDEs and related areas of Core Mathematics and its Interfaces. You should have, or expect to have, a first class degree in mathematics or other evidence of outstanding potential. We also encourage highly motivated and mathematically capable students with a degree in other subjects to apply. Previous experience of studying analysis and partial differential equations is desirable.

Background and training structure
EPSRC and Oxford University’s commitment to research in PDEs was highlighted with the establishment of the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDEs in 2007. The Centre forms the underpinning of the new CDT, enhanced by the wider expertise in PDEs which the University is fortunate to possess. The programme begins with an intensive first year of training with courses focused upon PDEs in Analysis; Nonlinear Analysis and Applications; Stochastic Analysis; Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing There will also be optional topic courses and you will undertake two mini-projects. The objective of the first year is to both teach you about PDEs and allow you to work with them solving problems. The final three years of the programme will entail you working on your own research project.

CDT Partners
The CDT has 15 international academic and 4 non-academic partners, with 4 Oxford colleges. It is expected that there will be opportunities for you to visit some of the academic partners and a limited number of internships will be available with some of the non-academic partners.

How to Apply
Applications for admission to the CDT must be submitted to the University of Oxford, via the University’s online graduate application process. Applications will be considered in gathered fields with deadlines of:

  • 2 January 2014
  • 24 January 2014 (Non-EU applicants should apply by this date to maximise their chance of funding)
  • 27 February 2014
  • 27 March 2014

There is some funding for non-EU students including the possibility of a 4 year Clarendon Award. For more information about the CDT and the application process, please visit: or e-mail:

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