The first step if you are interested in studying for postgraduate research is to contact the relevant PhD admissions tutor (Mathematics - Prof Gabor Elek; Statistics - Dr Juhyun Park), letting us know which areas of mathematics or statistics you might be interested in researching. We will put you in touch with potential supervisors, help you to efficiently navigate the applications systems and the funding opportunities.
- Contact the appropriate PhD admissions tutor for an initial discussion.
- Begin online application process.
- Alongside completing the online application form, we will invite UK based applicants to visit the department to meet potential supervisors. (We provide support for standard travel costs.) For overseas based applicants we will offer a Skype meeting.
- Following steps 2 and 3, you might be offered possible PhD projects/supervisors to choose from.
- Once you have a chosen a PhD project, we will issue the formal offer letter and once this is accepted you will be considered for studentships, if you do not already have funding.
- You will be informed if you have been awarded a studentship.
- Completion of visa requirements, if required.
- Arrive in Lancaster to start your PhD.
The most important considerations when choosing to study for a PhD or MPhil are the project and supervisor. For this reason we invite all UK based applicants to discuss research projects with potential supervisors. Whilst we welcome proposals for research projects from applicants, most research projects are developed by academics taking into consideration applicants’ strengths and knowledge.
At the bottom of this page, you can see a sample of possible projects offered by our staff, but please note that this list is only indicative and is not exhaustive. You should contact members of staff directly for more details. You might also wish to look at our research pages, to learn more about our specialisms.
To submit an application, simply create an account on the My Applications website and then select ‘Create a new application’ from your homepage once you are logged-in.
Using your account on the My Applications website, you are able to submit applications for the programme(s) which you wish to study, upload supporting documentation and provide us with information about referees. You may apply for all our postgraduate programmes using this method.
Current Lancaster Students
If you are a current Lancaster student, or you have recently graduated from Lancaster, we can reduce the amount of information that you will need to provide as part of your application. You will need to provide only one reference and will not need to supply your Lancaster degree transcript. We will also pre-fill your personal details, ready for you to check.
You will need
- Postgraduate application form, available once you have created an account in the online portal and selected your mode of study.
- Two references – you should include at least one academic referee who can comment on your academic quality, performance and potential to pursue independent research.
- Transcripts of previous higher education degrees or other courses that you have completed or for which you are currently studying. Please note, for transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.
- A detailed CV (up to 3 pages) – this should cover academic achievements, past projects and any employment history.
- Personal statement (up to 2 pages) – you should include information on your research interests, relevant experiences and the subject area that you would like to work in, and if possible, the name of the supervisor(s) you would like to work with.
- If English is not your first language, proof of English language competencyis required.
- IELTS is the recommended test but we consider tests from other providers; please refer to the university's information on language requirements. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the Faculty Postgraduate Admissions team for clarification.
- Our requirements for IELTS are an overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0. If your score is below our requirements but all individual elements are at least 5.5, we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes. Application with any element below 5.0 will not be considered for postgraduate admission.
Please note that the Department does not require applicants to submit a research proposal. This is optional, but if any applicant would like further guidance on this issue, please contact the relevant PhD admissions tutor with subject line your intended programme (e.g. PhD Mathematics or PhD Statistics etc.).
- Entry date: our academic year starts in October and most students enter at this time. Entry in January or April is also possible. Applications are considered throughout the year.
Studentships deadline: all eligible applicants are automatically considered for available studentships. Usually studentships are linked to an October start date.
Different studentships have different eligibility criterion but broadly cover 3 categories; UK students, UK/EU students and Overseas (non EU) students.
Due to high demand for studentships we have a deadline of 31st January. All applications received by this date will receive equal consideration. Applications received after this deadline will be considered for any remaining studentships.
Final studentships decisions are usually made by April but please feel free to contact us to find out whether studentships are still available.
There are additional special funding routes available in Statistics which have their own deadlines. Please visit the websites of the STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training and North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership for more information.