Postgrad opportunities

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 2018, 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
Homotopy-theoretic models for toric varietiesHüttemann, Thomas
Positive extensions
Lin, Ying-fen
Modelling disease misclassification using hidden Markov modelsMarshall, Adele and Mitchell, Hannah
Developing real-time predictive analytics in an intensive care unit by processing streams of physiological dataMarshall, Adele and Novakovic, Aleksandar and Gillan, Charles
Everything changes over time: Transforming joint modelling methodologyMcFetridge, Lisa and Cairns, Karen
A robust approach to multivariate joint modellingMcFetridge, Lisa and Mitchell, Hannah
A framework for an effective traffic congestion management in road networksMoutari, Salissou
Approximation of intrinsic volumes in stereologyPausinger, Florian
An infinite dimensional Sandwich TheoremTodorov, Ivan
Zero-error properties of bosonic quantum channelsTodorov, Ivan

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 by mid-February 2018.
(Further information on Postgraduate Admissions can be found at

Joint mathematics and biology project

As well as the projects listed above, there is the opportunity to apply for a DAERA-funded PhD project with biology on fisheries management. Details of the studentship can be found at:

The closing date for applications to the studentship for this joint project is 5pm on Friday, 16 February 2018. Interested students should contact Dr Salissou Moutari  for more details and assistance with preparing the proposal.


This year, the Mathematical Sciences Research Centre will be able to offer up to two awards. 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 £14,553 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.)