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Funded Postgraduate Opportunities for Autumn 2012

Applications are now closed.

This page provides basic information on undertaking a PhD in Pure Mathematics at Queen’s University Belfast. Interested students should, in the first place, contact the Postgraduate Advisor of Studies Dr Mathieu at
m.m@qub.ac.uk and, at the same time, a staff member who has proposed one of the projects below (see http://www.qub.ac.uk/puremaths/Staff/Staff.html for a list of e-mail addresses).

It is imperative that you make contact with a potential supervisor before putting in any application to the University since doing a PhD is essentially a joint research project in which you achieve new results under the guidance of an experienced scientist.

The following are the PhD projects that will be available from September 2012 onward, as they are currently offered by academic staff. Click on the project title for a description.

Approximate amenability of Banach operator algebras (Dr Ariel Blanco)

Ideal structure of algebras of regular operators (Dr Ariel Blanco)

Finiteness conditions in algebra and topology (Dr Thomas Hüttemann)

The structure of spectrally bounded operators on Banach algebras (Dr Martin Mathieu)

Ring theoretic properties of C*-algebras (Dr Martin Mathieu)

Operator spaces from the discrete Heisenberg group (Dr Ivan Todorov)

Multipliers of dynamical systems (Dr Ivan Todorov)

Complex Banach lattices and regular operators (Prof Anthony W. Wickstead)

The projects listed above are not exclusive. If you have a project of your own then you should contact a possible supervisor about its viability

Applications (for both funding and admission) should be made online at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php by Friday 17th February 2012.
(At this URL further information on Postgraduate Admission can be found.)

Please note that the above-stated deadline only applies if you apply for
both admission and funding. In case you can be funded through other means than DEL (for details see below), you can apply anytime as long as a project is still available (check with both the potential supervisor and the Postgraduate Advisor of Studies). Your application will have to be made through the above link in any case.


Normally awards come from the Department for  Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland  and are tenable by any EU citizen who was ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three year period immediately preceding the start of the studentship, including for the purpose of attending a full-time course of education.  The awards are normally for three years and cover fees plus a maintenance component which, in 2011-12, was £13,590 per annum. See here for more details of eligibility. Applicants should, normally, be expected to obtain a relevant first class MMath/MSci degree.  Applicants who did not undertake their first degree in QUB will be eligible to apply for the Purser Studentship which pays an extra £1,000 a year for three years. For details of this studentship, please contact Dr. Ivan Todorov at I.Todorov@qub.ac.uk.

More information on funding of a PhD can be found at  http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/Research/PostgraduateCentre/PostgraduateAwards/ and a fairly comprehensive list of funding institutions is available at  http://www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk/node/1922/funding/pgr/general. Although many of these awards may not apply in your case, there is a possibility that, depending on your personal circumstances, e.g. your nationality, one of these awards may provide an alternative to a DEL award so it is worthwhile studying this list in detail. (Not all of the links in this list may be relevant for PhD courses in Pure Mathematics.)