The University of Oxford


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Rank: 2 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: University of Oxford


Study mode full-time

Degree: Doctorate

Start Date: 2021/10/01

Duration: 36 months

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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2020). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via DPhil in Mathematics is an advanced research degree which provides the opportunity to investigate a project in depth and write a thesis which makes a significant contribution in the field. You will gain a wide range of research and other skills as well as in-depth knowledge and expertise in your chosen field, whilst studying in a beautiful, modern setting. During your study at Oxford, you can share in the excitement of contributing to research in one or more of the many topics studied by Oxford mathematicians. Subject areas cover the entire spectrum of mathematics and the department's research is conducted in many fields, with subject areas including:

  • algebra (primarily group theory and representation theory)
  • number theory
  • algebraic geometry
  • differential geometry
  • topology
  • complex manifolds
  • global analysis
  • partial differential equations
  • functional analysis
  • stochastic analysis
  • dynamical systems
  • mathematical logic
  • optimisation
  • combinatorial theory
  • quantum theory
  • string theory
  • relativity
  • mathematical biology and ecology
  • mathematical modelling
  • fluid and continuum mechanics
  • mathematical and computational finance
  • numerical analysis
  • history of mathematics
  • mathematics applied to problems in earth sciences, materials science and finance.
You will be asked to outline your research interests when you apply by listing one or more of the fields of research listed above on your application form under “proposed field and title of research project", and you will be matched to the most appropriate research group.You will be expected to acquire transferable skills as part of your training, which will require you to attend courses, lectures, workshops and colloquia. You will have the opportunity to develop other valuable skills and to contribute to the work of the department by teaching, both by marking students' work and later by leading classes of around 8 to 12 students.Undertaking the course is regarded as equivalent to working full-time hours and may also sometimes require some additional hours. The minimum period of registration for the DPhil is six terms but in practice you may need nine terms at least.


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Some 140 countries have attendees at Oxford and some 60% of the total student body is from outside the UK. There are various programs available for international students to help with orientation and integrating with life in Oxford as well as to help with legal matters such as immigration and visas. They can also help with practical matters such as dealing with finances and accessing health care with the National Health Service (NHS). Student life is filled with many traditions as befits a university of Oxford's age. One of these are the balls, held by the colleges with a formal dress code as well as smaller events regularly during the year. The Oxford University Student Union or OUSU, represents students and is their voice in debate about the university as well as organising student life organisations. There are a large number of sports available outside the classroom and many of these are of a high standard. The Boat Race is a famous example of a rowing race with nearby Cambridge University that is watched by up to 10 million TV viewers each year. There are also student newspapers and a radio station as well as performing arts groups. There are also student societies open to students who aren't studying the subject to learn something new and different.

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