Postgrad opportunities 2019

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 Advisor of Studies 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 2019, 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
Comparing the orthogonal and embedding calculiBarnes, David
Rational G-equivariant homotopy theory for profinite GBarnes, David
Automatic regularityBlanco, Ariel
Graded rings and toric methods in algebraHüttemann, Thomas
Delayed feedback mechanismsKiss, Gabor
Positive ExtensionsLin, Ying-fen
Everything Changes Over Time: Transforming Joint Modelling MethodologyMcFetridge, Lisa
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
A robust approach to multivariate joint modellingMcFetridge, Lisa
Approximation of intrinsic volumes in stereologyPausinger, Florian
Schrödinger operators with complex potentialsSiegl, Petr
A Sandwich Theorem in infinite dimensionsTodorov, Ivan
Non-commutative graph theoryTodorov, Ivan
Continuous confusability graphsTodorov, Ivan
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 advisor Dr David Barnes ( or the prospective supervisor of your chosen research project. Further information on Postgraduate Admissions can be found at


In general, the Mathematical Sciences 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 £14,777 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

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 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 Mathematics.)

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