At the School of Mathematical Sciences our research informs every area of modern science and enterprise—from understanding epidemics and sea-ice dynamics, to big data and abstract mathematical theory.
We are highly respected internationally for our strengths in geometry, statistics, stochastic modelling and operations research, and dynamics, modelling and computation.
Supporting this standing, we have an exceptional track record in attracting research funding, and a number of school staff hold prestigious Australian Research Council research fellowships. We are also home to the Adelaide node of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers.
Our research students work on cutting-edge projects with leading senior researchers in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Higher degrees by research
You can undertake a research degree with the School of Mathematical Sciences in your chosen area of interest. We offer two postgraduate research degrees:
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) commitment, and teaches you about applying research methodology to critically evaluate literature and results in your field.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is our flagship research award and is the standard qualification for a research career or academic position.
Candidates undertaking a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in mathematics resolve problems suggested by either theoretical mathematics or real-world situations. These discoveries may be applied in many different contexts, including the areas of biostatistics, seismic wave propagation, network tomography, traffic matrix modelling and string theory.
Resources available to you will include conference travel, opportunities to participate in the teaching program and access to our outstanding computing facilities. The University of Adelaide has ranked in the top two or three Australian universities for PhD completions in mathematics and statistics for many years, and our graduates are highly sought-after.
If you are interested in undertaking a PhD in our school, download our Postgraduate Studies brochure and consider attending our next PhD Open Day event.
Our research capabilities
The school has particular expertise across the following areas: