Postgrad opportunities 2021

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/October 2021, 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
Sheaf models for equivariant stable homotopy theoryBarnes, David
Graded rings and toric methods in algebraHuettemann, Thomas
Delayed feedback mechanismsKiss, Gabor
Using Machine Learning to Predict Cardiovasulcar Disease and Assessing the Impact of Modelling Assumptions on Cost-Effectiveness ResultsLamrock, Felicity and Marshall, Adele and Kee, Frank
Deep Learning Approaches for Genetic Based Cancer Healthcare Modelling, for use in Cost-Effectiveness Analyses to Aid Decision MakersLamrock, Felicity and Dunne, Philip
Molecular risk stratification in early cancers detected during bowel cancer screeningLamrock, Felicity and Dunne, Philip
Knowledge graph enrichmentLin, Zhiwei
A Robust Approach to Multivariate Joint ModellingMcFetridge, Lisa
Robust Joint Modelling: Extensions in Time-Varying Outlier ImpactsMcFetridge, Lisa
Statistical analysis of Biological point patternsMitchell, Hannah
Condition-based maintenance using hidden semi-Markov modelsMitchell, Hannah and McCloone, Sean
A framework for an effective traffic congestion management in road networksMoutari, Salissou
Low discrepancy sequences generated from permutation polynomialsPausinger, 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 will be in late February 2021 (date to be confirmed). Interviews for the positions and funding will be held shortly afterwards.


The MSRC usually awards 2 studentships per year. The awards cover fees plus a maintenance component which is around £15,285 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.

The eligibility criteria for holding a studentship are detailed in the UKRI training grant guidance document.

For details of this studentship or any questions regarding eligibility, please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator Dr David Barnes (

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.)

Mathematical Sciences Research Centre