Details of application deadlines for 2015 entry will be publicised in due course. The information on this page is shown for illustrative purposes, please bookmark this page for future reference if you are thinking of applying in 2015 or later on.
Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2i) or a Master's degree (MSc, MMath, MSci) at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent. For best consideration, candidates should either have a Master's degree or expect to finish their Master's qualification by September 2014.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the University's English language requirements.
The SMSAS research environment
As a research student you will join a vibrant research community of almost 100 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers and academic staff. You will be given a personal desk and computer in one of the school's research offices. You will be assigned a main supervisor with whom you will work closely and a second supervisor.
You will attend research seminars and will be expected to follow at least 100 lecture hours of postgraduate modules during the first two years of your PhD. Your choice of modules will be taken in consultation with your supervisor and will cover areas relevant to your PhD. As well as modules from the School's Master's programmes you might take courses specifically designed for PhD students and offered by
Attendance at academic conferences is a key part of your development as a researcher. It will allow you to see the latest developments in your field and to disseminate your work to a wider audience, including world-leading researchers. The School offers generous travel support to all PhD students.
Members of the School's PhD community have attended/presented their work at leading conferences and institutes such as the NCSE, the London Mathematical Society, St. Andrews, Université Blaise Pascal (France), the EURING Analytical Meeting in Athens, Georgia, USA in April-May 2013, the High Dimensional Inference with Applications workshops at Kent in June 2013, and the Classical Aspects of Ring Theory and Module Theory conference held at Będlewo, Poland in July 2013.
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The School will award approximately ten PhD studentships in 2013/14. Our studentships are open to UK, EU, and overseas* postgraduate research students who satisfy the entry requirements (above), who have made a formal application to the University, and have been offered a place on one of the School's PhD programmes. Performance at an interview will be taken into account. Prospective GTAs will need to demonstrate that they are suitably skilled to carry out teaching.
|Type of studentship||Stipend||Salary||Fee paid||Graduate Teaching Assistantship|
|Kent 50th Anniversary scholarship||£10,475||£3,388||Home/EU/ International||Yes|
|SMSAS studentship||£10,475||£3,388||Home/EU/ International||Yes|
|* The breakdowns for the figures shown above have not yet been confirmed but the stipend plus salary will total £13863|
All studentships are offered for up to three and a half years (subject to satisfactory progress).
* Overseas students in receipt of a PhD scholarship from SMSAS will have the international fee paid in full.
How to apply
Applicants are advised to identify a potential supervisor before making a formal application so please familiarise yourself with their research interests using the Meet our researchers links (right). Their personal profiles offer more information and frequently a link to a personal website as well. You are encouraged to contact the potential supervisor(s) to discuss potential areas for PhD supervision and to name the supervisor on your application form.
Candidates should use the postgraduate online application form. Make sure that you include:
- name(s) of proposed supervisor(s)
- a clear indication of the research area in which you wish to work
- copy of transcripts of all qualifications including expected or actual degree classifications
- details of all professional qualifications obtained and any work experience
- details of experience, if any, of research and teaching
- academic references
Applicants for research programmes in Actuarial Science are advised to also double-check the requirements outlined on the CASRI PhD applications page.
If you wish to be considered for a studentship (see above) make sure you select 'School Research Scholarship' in the part of the form that asks 'How are you intending to fund your studies?'
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs)
Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University in that they are both registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University.
Teaching duties may include: marking, demonstrating, tutoring, outreach and, where appropriate, lecturing. The School expects that GTAs will do no more than six hours of teaching and teaching-related duties including preparation per week during term-time.