Degree typesTypes of research degrees explained
DurationDegree duration details
LocationCornwall (Penryn), Exeter (Streatham)
Study modesFull time and part time Study mode details
Start date September, January or April

Research overview

Research areas

Mathematics and Statistics brings together our internationally leading research in several areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics, including number theory, arithmetic geometry, geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics, dynamical systems, control theory, statistical forecasting and uncertainty quantification.

Our research has a strong focus on important applications in fields such as climate science, systems biomedicine, engineering, ecology, epidemiology and natural hazards. A summary of our main areas of research focus and current research projects can be found on our department website.

We are one of only four UK universities to enjoy an academic partnership with the Met Office. 

  • Pure mathematics - Our research centres on number theory, arithmetic geometry, analysis and dynamical systems.
  • Geophysical and astrophysical fluid - Our research centres on theoretical fluid dynamics and numerical modelling with applications to atmospheres, oceans, magnetic fields and solar physics.
  • Systems, dynamics and control - Our research centres on control theory, dynamical systems and complex systems with applications to biology, medicine and engineering.
  • Environmental Mathematics - Our research centres on dynamical modelling, control theory and complexity science with applications to ecology, evolutionary dynamics, infectious diseases and renewable energy.
  • Climate dynamics - Our research centres on modelling the climate system and on quantifying and reducing uncertainties in climate projections.
  • Statistical science - Our research centres on stochastic modelling, forecasting and uncertainty quantification with applications to the environment, health and decision support.


The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences has excellent teaching and research resources and has recently invested £2.8 million to provide new academic and social facilities. You will have access to our fully-equipped research centres, comprehensive laboratories and workshops and computer facilities including wireless networking in most areas.

The excellent computing facilities are based around a Unix/Linux system networked to the University computer system. We have our own supercomputing facility built around a Beowulf cluster which is used, for example, by students modelling astrophysical and geophysical fluid flows. The college has a brand new study area with core texts for courses, individual rooms for study groups to meet, and wireless connection for laptops and LCD TVs to display presentations.

The working environment for postgraduate students is friendly and welcoming: each research student has a desk in a shared or open plan office equipped with a networked computer terminal. We provide training in research methodology and in relevant computer software, bibliographical resourcing and mathematical word-processing. You will have access to state-of-the art facilities for remote collaboration and advanced PhD training via the APTS and MAGIC consortia.


Our graduates enter a wide variety of fields where their analytical skills are valued both in business and in the public sector. Our postgraduates benefit from strong links and active collaboration with external organisations such as the Met Office in Exeter; one of the UK’s major users of advanced mathematics and statistics.

We have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and our students compete very successfully in the employment market. In addition to the College’s Employability Officer, Career Zone gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you complete a successful research degree and acts as a springboard for your research career.

Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by Mathematics postgraduates who studied with us in recent years.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.


Job TitleOrganisation
Assistant Research Fellow
English teacher
Graduate Trainee
Lecturer in Mathematics
Ocean Observations Scientist
Post Doc Researcher
Postdoctoral Research
Postdoctoral researcher
Quantitative analyst
Senior Data Scientist
Technical Analyst
Technical Writer
Visiting fellowship
Bristol Water
Carnegie Institution for Science
Contiamo GmbH
European Centre for Medium Range Weather Prediction
Exeter College
Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
Indian statistical institute, bangalore
Met Office
National University of Ireland
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain before starting, an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in mathematics, statistics, or other relevant subject with a high level of mathematics. Undergraduate degree classifications should be equivalent to a First or strong Upper Second. Please indicate in your application which of our research groups or members of staff you are interested in working with.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition Fees per year 2023/24

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our Student Finance webpages.

Tuition Fees per year 2022/23

For those studying for more than one year, our fees are expected to increase modestly in line with Consumer Price Inflation measured in December each year. More information can be found on our Student Finance webpages.

Please see our PhD funding page for information about funding. 

Contact us

Postgraduate research admissions

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722730
Web: Enquire online

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