General Advice

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We currently have around 35 PhD students affiliated to the Hodge Institute, from many different countries. Select the People tab above to see some of 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 of Mathematics, 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 for the Algebra and Number Theory or Geometry and Topology PhD programmes. We recognize no clear line between these topics, so if you are interested in both, just say so in your personal statement. Some good advice can be found here.
  • Application deadline. Most students start in September every year. For the upcoming round of admissions, the deadline for completed applications is January 22, 2024. To ensure that we receive your completed application, we recommend that you submit your online application by January 8, 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 one of more academic staff members 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 page on Funding opportunities in the graduate school website.
  • First year training. As part of the training available for first year PhD students, we regularly run working seminars as well as joint courses with Glasgow and Heriot-Watt as part of the GlaMS training centre.

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 homepages. 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.