School of Mathematics and Physics


The scientific research within the School was highly rated in the 2014 REF peer-review exercise, with 70% of research being judged as internationally excellent or world-leading. Research activity in the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s University Belfast is focused into seven Research Centres. All members of academic staff belong to one of these Research Centres, listed below.

Research Centres


Astrophysics Research Centre

Focusing on the dynamic universe

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Atomistic Simulation Centre

Modelling Materials at the Nanoscale

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Centre for Nanostructured Media

Nanoscale materials and nanophotonics

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Physics at Queen's was ranked 3rd out of 41 for research intensity in United Kingdom's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise as published by the Times Higher Education. 

Mathematical Science was ranked in the top 20 out of the 92 Mathematics departments in the UK in the same REF exercise.


Centre for Plasma Physics

Advancing ionised matter research

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Centre for Statistical Science and Operational Research

Survival Analysis, Bayesian networks, Markov Modelling

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Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

From atomic collisions to ultra-cold atoms

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Pure Mathematics Research Centre

Functional Analysis, Harmonic Analysis and Algebra

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PhD studentships available

Fully-funded (fees + maintenance awards) 3-year PhD studentships are available within our Research Centres


Our global research links

Our work connects us with business and education worldwide

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Postgraduate research

Opportunities and PhD studentships for dedicated researchers

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