DAMTP PhD Opportunities

Applications are welcome in all areas.

Research Topics

Our research page lists the various research groups and their interests. Note that in some cases there are overlaps. You need to determine which group or groups cover your range of interests, and where appropriate identify a potential supervisor.

The following is a list of some, but by no means all, of the current PhD opportunities in DAMTP:


The minimum entry requirement is a 1st class honours degree after a four-year course in mathematics, physics or engineering, or a three-year degree plus a postgraduate course on advanced applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Please note that a very large majority of the successful applicants for PhD studentships with the High Energy Physics (HEP), General Relativity & Cosmology (GR), and Quantum Information (QI) groups will have taken Part III of the Mathematical Tripos. Further information for external applicants for PhD places in the HEP and GR groups can be found here.


Applicants with Home or European Union (EU) fee-status will be considered by the Department for a Research Council award.  Home students, and those EU students who have completed three years of full-time higher education in the UK immediately prior to commencing the PhD,  will be considered for a full studentship (including 3.5 years of maintenance). Other EU students will be considered for fees-only support. Receipt of this funding is not guaranteed and all applicants, irrespective of fee-status, are expected to apply to other funding schemes for which they are eligible.  Applicants are advised to investigate potential sources of funding as early as possible.

DAMTP is also a member of the Cambridge Doctoral Training Programmes in Biosciences, including Mathematical Biology (funded by BBSRC) and Earth System Science, including Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (funded by NERC).

The Ramanujan Research Studentship in Mathematics is offered by Trinity College, please see further information here.

Studentships are also available from the Cantab Capital Institute for Mathematics of Information.

There are other awards available from Cambridge sources outside DAMTP. An up-to-date guide can be found here.

How to apply

You need to apply via the Graduate Admissions Office, and details on how to do this are given here. The DAMTP PhD course code you need to put on your Applicant Portal is: MAAM21.

All applicants are required to submit two references, for MASt students this should be an updated reference which covers your performance in the final year at your previous institution. MMath students must include one from their College Director of Studies.

On the Applicant Portal application form you should answer question A(12) by declaring your interests as determined under "Research Topics" above. We do not expect you to submit a detailed research proposal.

Deadlines and Offers

The usual DAMTP deadline for all applications is the end of January each year. However, later applications will be considered where possible.

Earlier deadlines apply for the BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme (1 December 2016), the Cambridge Centre for Analysis (15 January 2017), the NERC Doctoral Training Programme (4 January 2017) and the High Energy Physics, General Relativity & Cosmology and Quantum Information groups (see below).

Applicants intending to apply for funding from the Cambridge Trusts will have much earlier deadlines by which they must submit their application.  If possible applications should be submitted well in advance of these deadlines, so to avoid any delay in the supporting documents being received in good time.

Applicants to the High Energy Physics (HEP), General Relativity & Cosmology (GR) and Quantum Information (QI) research groups should note that we anticipate making some offers to outstanding candidates in February/March. These offers will be made on the basis of academic track record, and the applicant may also be invited to an interview and/or asked to sit a written admissions test.   However, it is also expected that some of the PhD places in the HEP, GR and (possibly) QI groups may be offered in June once the Part III Mathematical Tripos results are available. If you are interested in being considered for the February/March round of offers we ask that you submit your application to the Graduate Admissions Office by December 15th at the latest. This arrangement applies equally to UK, EU and Overseas applicants.

Applicants wishing to explore the possibility of a later start date (January or April) should contact DAMTP prior to submitting an application. Applicants will only be considered for admission in January or April in exceptional circumstances.

If you have queries please email damtpres@hermes.cam.ac.uk or write to:

DAMTP (PhD Admissions)
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Wilberforce Road
Cambridge CB3 0WA
United Kingdom