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PhD in Mathematics of Information


Applications open from the beginning of September and should be submitted via the Postgraduate Admissions applicant portal.

Academic requirements

The usual minimum entry requirement is a first-class honours degree, awarded after a four-year course in mathematics or mathematics-related subject, or a three-year degree together with a one-year postgraduate course on advanced mathematics or a mathematics-related subject. Part III (MMath/MASt) of the Mathematical Tripos provides such a course. Note, however, that entry is competitive and a higher level of preparation may be required.

Deadline for applying

Applications by the 7 January 2021 are very strongly encouraged, however later applications might be considered. Anyone wishing to apply later than this deadline should contact us before submitting an application. Applicants are advised that the bulk of decisions for offers and funding will be made in early - mid February.

Please refer to the Postgraduate Admissions website for other potential earlier funding deadlines.

Finding a supervisor

Applicants are encouraged to make informal contact with potential supervisors prior to making an application. Wherever possible, applicants are asked to ensure that they clearly state in the relevant field of the application form the member(s) of academic staff with whom they wish to work, and the academic field in which they wish to work.

Selection process

After the closing date we will review all the applications received and contact those who have been shortlisted to invite them for interview. Interviews take place either in Cambridge or via Skype. During the interview the panel will try to ascertain the extent of your mathematical knowledge and experience. We aim to contact all interviewees within a week or two of interview with a provisional outcome. It is important to note, however, that formal offers of admission can only be made by the University’s Postgraduate Admissions Office. Successful applicants should check the Applicant Portal for formal notification of the outcome of their application.

Equality and Diversity

The Faculty aims to implement good practice that benefits all, men and women, equally and has a solid foundation of policies and practices to eliminate gender bias and promote an inclusive culture. The Faculty holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award for promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine and supports the aims of the Charter Scheme and the LMS Good Practice Scheme in seeking to advance women's careers in the mathematical sciences.

The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented in our student cohorts.