Mathematical Physics - Research

The research degrees in mathematical physics at Maynooth provide a high quality research experience for the early career research student, offering one to one supervision and mentorship throughout the research project and training in advanced specialist and professional research modules.

The objective of the structured research programme in Mathematical Physics is to provide:
A high quality research experience;
Enhanced arrangements for supervision and mentorship;
Advanced discipline-specific taught courses;
Regular monitoring of progress.

Entry requirements

Normally a first class honours primary degree in mathematical/ theoretical physics or a relevant discipline. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact members of staff to discuss their projected area of research. For international students whose first language is not English, an English language exam certificate showing IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required.


MHQ04 PhD Sc 4 years Full-time
MHQ05 PhD Sc 6 years Part-time
MHQ06 MSc 2 years Full-time
MHQ07 MSc 3 years Part-time

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Prof Brian Dolan
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3762


The Department of Mathematical Physics at Maynooth has a long and distinguished tradition in research. The Department offers high quality education in theoretical physics and the associated mathematics from Higher Diploma to Postdoctoral level and hosts an active community of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date - Rolling Closing Date.

Research areas

Research Interests
Research interests include nonlinear dynamics, chaos, topological phases of matter, quantum field theory, quantum computing, topological quantum field theory, lattice gauge theory, differential topology and geometry and algebraic structures in theoretical physics.

Course fee

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.

Remember to mention gradireland when contacting institutions!