Information for prospective and current PhD students
We currently have 14 PhD students affiliated to the Hodge Institute, from 10 different countries and 4 continents. Select the People tab above to see them. You'll find quite a lot of general information, specific to the School of Mathematics or Edinburgh from the Graduate School webpage.
Applying to Study with us.
Every year we take on new graduate students. Although limited, we do have funding available from the University, from the School, and from EPSRC, so we are able to support strong candidates from any part of world. If you are interested to apply to study with us, in addition to the Graduate School webpage, here is a little advice.
- Application. You should Apply Online. Some good advice can be found here. You should apply either in the research areas "Algebra and Number Theory" or "Geometry and Topology" or both. We recognize no clear line between these topics, so if you are interested in both, just say so in your personal statement.
- Application deadline. Most students start in September every year. For the upcoming round of admissions, the deadline for completed applications is December 31, 2016. To ensure that we receive your completed application, we recommend that you submit your online application by December 15, to allow time for your referees to upload their references.
- Research Proposal. The online application form is standard across the whole university, and we are required to use it. However, we do not require a research proposal, so you can leave blank the research proposal box in the online application form. Please write about your research interests in a personal statement. Normally, a research topic is only assigned in the course of the first year.
- Supervisor. You can name an academic staff member you would like to work with in your application form, or leave it blank. You can find out more about us here, and a list of available supervisors is here. When a potential supervisor is not named in an application form, it is passed to the academic staff members according to a student's research interests in a personal statement.
- Additional Funding. You should also consider applying for additional funding sources, see the section "Funding" on the maths graduate school application webpage, in particular the entries about Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships (if you are not from the EU) and Principal's Career Development Scholarships.
Mathematics Resources on the Web
From the tabs above you can find details of the seminars we run, with videos of many of them, and other activities with which we are involved, including working seminars and nationwide research groups. You'll also find plenty of information on our individual hompages. Links that we use a lot are to the right, including the three centres for mathematics in the city and the principal maths repositories. In addition to these, you may find the following useful.
- Sources of funding for travel and visitors include the LMS - typically Schemes 2,4,5, and especially 8 which is for postgraduate-organised conferences -, Edinburgh Mathematical Society, and the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust Fund.
- Mathematical Communication and Technology online notes (including introductions to LaTeX, HTML).
- Linux online notes.
- Digital Mathematics Library. Online archive for digitized books and journals.
- JSTOR. Online archive of back numbers of various journals.
- MacTutor History of Mathematics
- Mathematics Genealogy Project. Use Geneagrapher to trace your mathematical lineage!
- Online Encyclopedia of Mathematics.
- Internet Archive.
- SAGE is open-source mathematics software.
- GAP is a free software good for calculating with groups.
- MIT OpenCourseWare Mathematics lectures and lecture notes.
- Edinburgh Mathematical Society. PG students qualify for free membership of the EMS for the duration of their studies. If you would like to become a member, please confirm this by sending an email to Prof. T. Lenagan.
- London Mathematical Society. This is UK-wide learned society for pure mathematics.
- EPSRC fund many PhD students and postdocs in the UK.
- American Mathematical Society.
- The European Mathematical Society and its electronic library.
- African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. The Scottish Government supports this through the James Clerk Maxwell AIMS fund.
- EUREKA Science Journal Watch. (Seems to have broken at the moment; use this link instead). It is run by mathematicians, so particularly geared to mathematics journals.
- Wikipedia. Many of the mathematics articles are excellent introductions!
- Mathematics reference resources (Wikipedia).
- Oxford English Dictionary. (Also available in limerick form!).
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- Mathematics and Music by Dave Benson.
- PHD Comics.
- Online mathstore. Mathematics-related apparel and merchandise.
- Mathematicians pictures. T-shirts, coffee mugs etc.
- MO-labs for beautiful mathematical objects.