Mathematics - Research
The PhD (Science) is a research degree which usually takes four years to complete. A student must write a thesis under the direction of a member of staff containing a significant new result or an original insight. Collaborations with outside parties have involved work in Chemistry, Medicine, Archaeology, Banking, Computer-Aided Design, and other areas.
The minimum entry requirement is a 2.1 Honours Degree in Mathematics or Statistics. A First Class degree is highly desirable. Before a student can be accepted into the programme, they must find a member of staff who is willing to act as their supervisor. For a PhD degree, a good MSc degree is often desirable.
Applicants must have a recognized primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
IELTS: 6.5 overall score
TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850
Research applications are generally accepted at any time
4 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time
In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.
Commences September (or other agreed time)
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PhD is the main entry degree for careers in research and third level teaching. However, many PhD graduates take up employment in areas such as Industry, Commerce, Banking and Finance, Insurance, Software Development, Process Engineering or Education.
A 2009 study in the US found that the best three jobs in terms of income, work environment, and other factors were Mathematician, Actuary, and Statistician, all jobs suited to Mathematics and Statistics graduates.
For more information about jobs in Mathematics or Statistics, see:
and the links in the 'More Information' section at the end of the last webpage.
Staff of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Maynooth University are happy to advise you on career-related matters.
Potential research students should decide on a general research area and then contact the academic members of staff within the Department.
Proposed research areas:
Algebra and Number Theory
• Ring Theory
• Character Theory of Finite Groups
• Combinatorics and Number Theory
• Group Theory
• Algebraic Number Theory
• Classical Analysis
• Diophantine Approximation and Measure Theory
• Real and Complex Analysis
• Stability Theory
Geometry and Algebraic Topology
• Differential Geometry
• Geometric Analysis
• Algebraic Geometry
• Task Design and Implementation
• Advanced Mathematical Thinking
• Affect in Mathematics
• Student Engagement and Motivation
• Evaluation of Teaching Initiatives
• Statistical Modeling in Environment and Ecology
• Bayesian Methods of Statistical Inference
• Statistical Computing and Graphics