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Funded Postgraduate Opportunities for Autumn 2017

This page provides basic information on undertaking a PhD in Pure Mathematics at Queen’s University Belfast. Interested students should contact the Postgraduate Advisor of Studies for the PMRC, Dr David Barnes, at  d.barnes@qub.ac.uk who will also be able to clarify the funding possibilities for the project(s) they wish to apply for.

Note that not all projects are subject to internal QUB funding.

The projects, available for a start in September 2017, are listed below, while e-mail addresses of staff members are available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/puremaths/Staff/Staff.html. Please click on the title for a detailed description of the corresponding project.

Unitary homotopy calculus (Dr David Barnes)

Positive completions (Dr Ying-Fen Lin)

Positive extensions (Dr Ying-Fen Lin)

Sheaf Cohomology for C*-Algebras (Dr Martin Mathieu)

Continuous Tensor Products of C*-Algebras (Dr Martin Mathieu)

An infinite dimensional Sandwich Theorem (Professor Ivan Todorov)

Zero-error properties of bosonic quantum channels (Professor Ivan Todorov)

The projects listed above are not exhaustive. 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 24 February 2017.
(Further information on Postgraduate Admissions can be found at that URL.)


This year, the Pure Mathematics Research Centre will be able to offer up to two awards. In general, the Pure Mathematics Research Centre PhD funding is 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 cover fees plus a maintenance component which is around £14,057 per annum. 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 or any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Dr David Barnes, at  d.barnes@qub.ac.uk.

More information on funding of a PhD can be found at https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/graduateschool/PostgraduateFunding/ 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.)

[page updated on 7 February 2017]