Postgraduate Studies and Research in Dynamical Systems at the University
Dynamical Systems has a substantial history in Cambridge; Newton could
be said to have created the subject, and Cartwright and Littlewood found
chaos here in the 1940s, way ahead of the ``chaos'' revolution.
The Nonlinear Centre
provides a focus for research in dynamical systems and related aspects
of nonlinear science in the University. It is based in the
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP),
run in collaboration with the
of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS), and directed
by Prof Michael Proctor.
Opportunities to study aspects of Dynamical Systems exist at the MSc,
PhD and postdoctoral levels.
The Certificate of Advanced
Study in Mathematics (the Cambridge equivalent of a one-year MSc, and
also known at Part III) is administered by the Faculty of Mathematics and
each year, a selection of Dynamical Systems courses are offered. Much more
information on the structure and content of the course is available here
. During the year 2001-02, the courses relevant to Dynamical Systems include:
Any of the above may be replaced by a wide selection of courses from cosmology,
relativity, quantum field theory, fluid mechanics, statistics, topology,
geometry, analysis or number theory. Details of all the courses offered
this year are available here.
Local and Global Bifurcations (Dawes)
Symmetries and Patterns (Proctor)
Population Dynamics (Keeling)
Symplectic Geometry and Hamiltonian Systems (Paternain)
Essays - a full list of titles available in 2000-01 (last year) is available
Details of the admissions procedure are available here.
The Nonlinear Centre
offers supervision for promising research students, leading to the PhD
degree. Current areas of research interest are given here. The normal route
to starting a PhD is via the Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics.
Nonetheless, if you demonstrate exceptional ability and already have sufficient
training, it may be possible to waive this requirement: discuss it with
a potential supervisor before applying. Applications should be made via
the Board of Graduate Studies.
Some possible ways to get PhD funding
It is possible that, from time to time there might be studentships
to work on specific projects.
Studentships offered by Cambridge colleges
EPSRC studentship (for UK students)
The Nonlinear Centre is pleased to host people with proven research ability
to work on problems in dynamical systems and related areas. Plans should
be discussed with a member of the Nonlinear Centre. In most cases, funding
must be arranged on an individual basis.
Some possibilities for obtaining postdoctoral
Royal Society University Research Fellowship
EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship
Research Fellowship at a Cambridge college
EC Training and Mobility of Researchers Individual Fellowship
EPSRC named Research Assistantship application (via a member of staff here)
NERC have recently indicated that they
are particularly keen to attract more applied mathematicians and physicists
into the environmental sciences
Nonlinear Centre, DAMTP,
Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EW, U.K.
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Last updated on 4th September 2001.