DAMTP PhD Opportunities
Applications are welcome in all areas.
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:
- Applied and Computational Analysis: The Cambridge Centre for Analysis (CCA), spanning DAMTP and DPMMS, gives the opportunity for a PhD involving pure, stochastic, computational or applied analysis
- Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
- Biological Physics and Mechanics
- Fluid and Continuum Mechanics:
- Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: NERC Doctoral Training Programme in Earth System Science
- Mathematical Biology: BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme in Biosciences
- Soft Matter
- Solid Mechanics
- Theoretical Geophysics: Institute of Theoretical Geophysics
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 Theoretical Physics 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).
There are other awards available from Cambridge sources outside DAMTP. An up-to-date guide can be found here.
Studentships are also available from the Cantab Captial Insitute for Mathematics of Information and a PhD Studentship in Computational Morphodynamics www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/studentships/le08327
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 GRADSAF is: MAAM21.
Please also note the following points:
If you came from outside Cambridge to read for Part III of the Mathematical Tripos you need to apply for "continuation/readmission", and only one reference is required. Ideally this should be an updated reference which covers your performance in the final year at your previous institution.
Applicants who have not previously been admitted to a graduate course by the Board of Graduate Studies should apply for "admission", and two references will be required. Cambridge students must include one from their College Director of Studies.
On the GRADSAF 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 2015), the Cambridge Centre for Analysis (15 January 2016), and the NERC Doctoral Training Programme (TBC).
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 Higher 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 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 will be offered in June once the Part III Mathematical Tripos results are available. If you are interested in being considered for the 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 usually only be considered for admission in January or April in exceptional circumstances.
If you have queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
DAMTP (PhD Admissions)
Centre for Mathematical Sciences
Cambridge CB3 0WA