Postgraduate research in Mathematics and Statistics

A PhD (Doctorate) in the School of Mathematics and Statistics usually takes between three and four years of full-time study or equivalent part-time study. The qualification is achieved when you submit and defend a substantial thesis of original research. You will be supported by a supervisory team of at least two academic staff throughout your time.

Research groups

The School only offers PhD places in areas in which they have active research groups. Before you apply, please ensure that at least one of these research groups matches your interests.

Each research group's website gives information about the research interests of its members. When you apply for a PhD place, you should clearly state the research group you are applying for, and who you would like to supervise your studies.


The University will provide you with a supervisory team of at least two academic staff. Working closely with two supervisors means you will have continuous supervision throughout your studies, and makes available a greater range of research expertise.

You can expect to form a close working relationship with your supervisors, meeting regularly throughout your time in the School. Supervisors are responsible for overseeing both your research and your broader career development.

Student testimonials

Read about the experiences of recent research students.

Fees and funding

Details of tuition fees are available on the University's research tuition fees page.

While you may have the possibility to apply for funding for your PhD studies at St Andrews, the offer of a PhD place does not guarantee financial support.