The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science now invites applications from excellent candidates who wish to study for a PhD in any of the research areas covered by the School: Actuarial Science; Pure, Applied and Financial Mathematics; and Statistics. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.
The School offers a lively research culture with a thriving group of around 250 taught postgraduates students and over 100 postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff. The School hosts three research groups: Mathematics, Statistics and the Centre for Actuarial Science, Risk and Investment, and is a member of the Kent Centre for Finance.
Kent is among the best research-intensive universities in the UK. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), the university was ranked 24th out of 159 institutions for its world-leading research, with six of our subject areas (including statistics) in the top ten nationwide. Details of the research undertaken by the School can be found at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/smsas/postgraduate/phd-applications.html
The School is preparing an application to theÂ Athena SWAN Charter for the advancement of women in science and is a member of the London Mathematical Societyâs Good Practice Scheme. Applications from women, who are currently under-represented in science, will be particularly welcome; however, the final recruitment decision will be based solely on merit.
The school will offer several scholarships for a September 2014 start at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate (currently a stipend of Â£13,726 p.a. plus tuition fees) for a period of up to 3.5 years. All PhD students have access to a travel fund of Â£500 per annum to attend meetings and conferences.
Entry Requirements All candidates must have an excellent academic track record in Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science or Financial Mathematics and hold a good Honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent. A Masters qualification such as an MSc or MMath or research experience would be advantageous.
Some positions will be offered as Graduate Teaching Assistantships.Â
To apply To apply complete the online application form available via theÂ ‘Apply’ button belowÂ and select School research Scholarship under `How are you intending to fund your studies?’.
Your application must include
- a proposed supervisor or supervisors
- a clear indication of the research area in which you wish to work
- copy of transcripts of all qualifications including expected or actual degree classifications
- details of all professional qualifications obtained and any work experience
- details of experience, if any, of research and teaching.
All eligible applications for doctoral research made by the 31st January 2014 will be given full consideration. Applications made between the 1st February and the 31st March 2014 will be considered at the School’s discretion and only if funding is available.