Postgrad opportunities 2020

General information

This page provides basic information on undertaking a PhD in Mathematical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. Interested students should contact the Postgraduate Coordinator for the MSRC, Dr David Barnes, at 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 2020, are listed below, while e-mail addresses of staff members are available on our staff web page. Please click on the title for a detailed description of the corresponding project.

Available projects

Project title
Equivariant orthogonal calculusBarnes, David
Delayed feedback mechanismsKiss, Gabor
Deep learning approaches for genetic based cancer healthcare modellingLamrock, Felicity
Predicting patient response to new drugsLamrock, Felicity
A Robust Approach to Multivariate Joint ModellingMcFetridge, Lisa
Robust Joint Modelling: Extensions in Time-Varying Outlier Impacts
McFetridge, Lisa
Joint Modelling Diagnostics: Checking your assumptions
McFetridge, Lisa
Statistical analysis of point patternsMitchell, Hannah
Modelling disease misclassification using hidden Markov modelsMitchell, Hannah and Marshall, Adele
Condition-based maintenance using hidden semi-Markov modelsMitchell, Hannah and McCloone, Sean
A framework for an effective traffic congestion management in road networksMoutari, Salissou
Analysis of time series data via topological data analysisPausinger, Florian
Strongly damped systemsSiegl, Petr
Mathematical models for cancer invasionZhigun, Anna

The list of projects above is not exhaustive. If you have a project idea of your own then you should contact a possible supervisor about its viability.

Applications (for both funding and admission) should be made online through the QUB Direct Applications Portal, after contacting the Postgraduate Coordinator Dr David Barnes ( or the prospective supervisor of your chosen research project. Further information on Postgraduate Admissions can be found at

The deadline for applications is 23:00(GMT) on February 27, 2020. Interviews for the positions and funding will be held shortly afterwards.


In general, the Mathematical Sciences Research Centre PhD funding is tenable by any UK or EU candidate 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.

Other candidates may also be eligible, further details can be found in the
UKRI training grant guidance document. please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator if you have questions.

The awards cover fees plus a maintenance component which is around £15,009 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 the Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr David Barnes, at

More information on funding of a PhD can be found at the Funding and scholarships web pages of the Graduate School at QUB, and a fairly comprehensive list of funding institutions is available at the Postgraduate Studentships web site. 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 an EPSRC/DfE 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 Mathematics.)

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