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Industrial Collaboration


Collaboration Overview

Cambridge Mathematics is open to engaging in collaborations with business and industry and welcomes enquiries from potential new partners.

Mathematics drives innovation, providing inspiration, solutions and tools to advance research across a diverse range of areas. Cambridge’s world-class mathematical research is exceptionally far-reaching and cross-disciplinary.  Our mathematicians are at the heart of pioneering investigations across subjects that range from theoretical physics to biology, geophysics to engineering, and statistics to pure mathematics.  This approach enables the academics to engage with a multitude of industry interests.

Translation of mathematical research has been shown to impact industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, construction, financial services, medical diagnostics, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, security, telecommunications, water and many more. 

Mutual Benefits

The advantages of working together are mutual.

  • Companies benefit from developing relationships with world-leading mathematicians to resolve the most difficult research questions, while gaining access to state-of-the-art facilities and some of the world’s brightest students.
  • Academic researchers welcome the opportunity to partner with organisations on tackling highly challenging and interesting investigations that deliver real impact.
  • Additionally, a mathematical approach provides the advantage of fresh perspectives that can unlock hidden insights for a range of problems.

Already, many organisations have found partnerships with Cambridge Mathematics a remarkably effective way of resolving tough issues, transforming their research outcomes and accessing new knowledge. Current and recent partners include: Arup, AstraZeneca, AWE, BBC, BP, Building Research Establishment, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants, Defence Threat Reduction Agency, Discovery Channel, Dstl, Dyson, Laing O’Rourke, Office of Naval Research, Rolls Royce, Schlumberger, Shell, Syngenta, UK Meteorological Office, Unilever, Xaar, Yorkshire Water.

Partnership Opportunities

Successful partnerships usually grow and flourish over time.  They often start from small projects or even from conversations with visiting speakers.

We recognise the importance of effective communication and building rapport with our partners. Understanding the underlying issues is the first step in the process.  This enables the mathematicians to assess how the challenges align with their own expertise and interests, thereby recommending the most appropriate type of engagement.


Short Term Projects and Placements

An ideal way to resolve a specific problem or gain an insight into a new research area.

  • Cambridge Centre for Analysis Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) external projects. Organisations can submit a small project to be completed by PhD students in their first year during the Lent Term. This gives students some research experience before choosing their main research project for the following three years.

  • Part III (fourth year) Masters students who have completed their degree have the option to do a summer project through the Post Masters Placements (PMP) scheme.  This is designed to offer recent Master's graduates the opportunity to transfer their mathematical knowledge and skills to departments across the University, external organisations or businesses.  They will experience how mathematics is used beyond the academic mathematical setting and discover and develop the mathematics required to meet the needs of science, technology, business and beyond. If you have a project that might benefit form the input of a very highly trained mathematician, we welcome you to advertise this through the PMP programme.  Note: to advertise more general internships and work experience opportunities contact Maths Noticeboard or Cambridge University Careers Service.  

  • MPhil Computational Biology. All the students complete a summer research project assessed as part of the MPhil.  We are always looking for interesting projects and proposals from industry are welcome.

  • Undergraduate projects.  Students may do short internal summer projects under academic supervision – these could also be proposed or supported by external organisations.  Alternatively, undergraduates can work in company summer placement schemes.


Longer Term Projects

An opportunity to engage in leading-edge research and support a longer term relationship.

  • Industry funded PhDs or iCASE awards.  Organisations may fund PhD research programmes either though the Doctoral Training Centre or directly with the academic supervisor.

  • Post Doctoral research projects.  Research Associates may also undertake collaborative projects. Organisations can benefit from the input of experienced researchers.

  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).  These are research projects part funded by the UK government to promote transfer of knowledge from UK universities to businesses.  KTPs are a three way partnership including the graduate who works at the company bringing new skills and knowledge.  See .

  • Collaborative Projects. A company can sponsor university research directly, for example through Institutes, embedded laboratories or University Technology Centres.


Consultancy with academics

Consultancy is an important and effective way for the University to share knowledge and expertise with external organisations.  Thus, individual academics can offer services based on their specialist areas.  This may encompass giving advice as consultants or providing targeted executive development or education.



If you are interested in finding out more about how your organisation can work together with Cambridge Mathematics, please contact the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator:

Dr Stephanie North, or .