Several School members offer supervision for PhD research projects in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Navigate via the tabs below to view project offerings by School members in the areas of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics. (This list was updated September 2022.)

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all potential projects and supervisors available in the School. 

Information about PhD research offerings and potential supervisors can be found in various locations. It's worth browsing the current research students list to see what research our PhD students are currently working on, and with whom.

There is also a past research students list which provides links to the theses of former students and the names of their supervisors. 

It's also recommended to browse our Staff Directory, where our staff members' names are linked to their research profiles which provide details about their areas of research and often include the topics they are open to supervising students in.

We host PhD information sessions in the School of Mathematics and Statistics twice a year. Keep an eye on our events page for session information. 

    • Real world problem solving using dynamical systems, stochastic modelling and queueing theory for stochastic transport and signalling in cells. 
    • Real & Computational Algebraic Geometry: Possible subjects include nonnegativity of real polynomials, polynomial system solving, semialgebraic sets, and algorithmic aspects of real algebraic & convex geometry.
    • Polynomial & Convex Optimization: Potential topics include convex relaxations, designing algorithms, exploiting structure (e.g. sparsity), and applications in science & engineering.
    • Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory: Projects that combine techniques from nonlinear dynamics, ergodic theory, functional analysis, differential geometry, or machine learning and can range from pure mathematical theory through to numerical techniques and applications (including ocean/atmosphere/fluids/blood flow), depending on the student.
    • Optimisation: Projects are occasionally available in optimisation, mainly using either techniques from mixed integer programming to solve applied problems (e.g. transport, medicine,…) or mathematical problems arising from dynamics.
    • Modelling and analysis of ocean biogeochemical cycles including isotope dynamics, inverse modelling of hydrographic data to detect climate-driven circulation changes, and analysis of large-scale ocean transport. PhD students should be highly motivated, have a strong background in applied mathematics and/or theoretical physics, and will have the opportunity to contribute to shaping their project.
    • Data-Driven Multi-stage Robust Optimization:
      The aim of this study is to develop mathematical principles for multi-stage robust optimization problems, which can identify true optimal solutions and can readily be validated by common computer algorithms, to design associated  data-driven numerical methods to locate these solutions and to provide an advanced optimization framework to solve a wide range of real-life optimization models of multi-stage technical decision-making under evolving uncertainty.
    • Semi-algebraic Global Optimization:
      The goal of this study is to examine classes of semi-algebraic global optimization problems, where the constraints are defined by polynomial equations and inequalities. These problems have numerous locally best solutions that are not globally best. We develop mathematical principles and numerical methods which can identify and locate the globally best solutions.
    • Detection and cloaking of surface water waves created by submerged objects
    • Decomposition of ocean currents into wave-like and eddy-like components
    • Theory and application of Quasi-Monte Carlo methods:
      for high dimensional integration, approximation, and related problems.
    • Computational Mathematics:
      with specialised topics in radial basis functions, random fields, uncertainty quantification, partial differential equations on spheres and manifolds, stochastic partial differential equations. 
    • Discrete Integrable Systems:
      These are birational maps with particularly ordered dynamics and their study is a nice motivation for using algebraic geometry, symmetry, ideal theory and number theory in the study of dynamical systems.
    • Arithmetic Dynamics: 
      This field is the study of iterated rational maps over the integers or rationals or over finite fields, rather than the complex or real numbers. I am particularly interested in how the usual structures present in dynamical systems over the continuum manifest themselves over discrete spaces.
    • Convex geometry:
      Focused on the study of the facial structure of convex sets and the relations between the geometry of convex optimisation problems and performance of numerical methods. The project can be oriented towards convex algebraic geometry, experimental mathematics or classical convex analysis.
    • Algebraic and Geometric Aspects of Integrable Systems:
      The ubiquitous nature of integrable systems is reflected in their (apparent or disguised) presence in a wide range of areas in both mathematics and (mathematical) physics. Projects focus on the algebraic and/or geometric aspects of discrete and/or continuous integrable systems, depending on the individual student's background and preferences. 
    • Analysis of multiscale problems in stochastic systems: These projects will involve an analytical study of certain multiscale problems arising in Markov chains and stochastic differential equations. These projects are suited for those interested in both analysis and probability, and will employ tools from differential equations, functional analysis and stochastic processes.
    • Numerical methods for sampling constrained distributions: These projects are aimed at sampling problems arising in molecular dynamics. They will deal with designing and analysing numerical schemes to sample constrained probability distributions using stochastic differential equations.  
    • How many oceans are there? Using novel statistical and machine learning techniques to characterise oceanic zones and provide a blueprint for quantifying the ocean's role in a changing climate.
    • How does heat get into the ocean? An investigation of the physical mechanisms that control the ocean's uptake of heat and its effect on climate.
    • Making climate models work better: Developing new methods to validate and improve the inner workings of numerical climate models and improve their projections of global warming and its impacts.
    • Will it mix? New perspectives on turbulence in rotating fluid flows and how we estimate mixing from observations. 
    • Combinatorics
    • Graph theory
    • Coding theory
    • Extremal set theory
    • Operator algebras (von Neumann algebras)
    • Mathematical physics (quantum field theory)
    • Group theory
    • Jones subfactor theory
    • Vaughan Jones' connection between conformal field theory, Richard Thompson's groups and knot theory.
    • Noncommutative algebra
    • Algebraic geometry
    • Quantum groups/supergroups
    • The Schur-Weyl duality
    • Representation Theory
    • Random graphs
    • Asymptotic enumeration
    • Randomized combinatorial algorithms
    • Extremal and probabilistic combinatorics:
      Possible subjects therein include Ramsey theory, random graphs, positional games and hypergraphs.

    • Unlikely Intersection in Number Theory and Diophantine Geometry:
      These are problems of showing that arithmetic “correlations" between specialisations of algebraic functions are rare unless there is some obvious reason why they happen. These “correlations” may refer to common values or to values factored into essentially the same set of prime ideals and similar. 
    • Arithmetic Dynamics:
      This area is concerned with algebraic and arithmetic aspects of iterations of rational functions over domains of number theoretic interest. 
    • Isometries, conformal mappings, and other special mappings on metric Lie groups
    • Complex structures on Lie groups and their Lie algebras
    • Counting integral and rational solutions to Diophantine equations and congruences.
      The goal is to obtain upper bounds on the number of integer solutions to some multivariate equations and congruences in variables from a given interval [M, M+N]. Similarly, for rational solutions one restricts both numerators and denominators to certain intervals.
    • Kloostermania: Kloosterman and Salie sums and their applications.
      A classical direction in analytic number theory where the goal is to obtain new bounds on bilinear sums of Kloosterman and Salie sums and apply them to various arithmetic problems, such as the Dirichlet divisor problem in progressions.
    • Exponential sums and applications. This topic is about understanding the behaviour (e.g. extreme and typical values) of some most important exponential sums, in particular of Weyl sums.  

    • Non-commutative functional analysis and its applications to non-commutative geometry, particularly those related to quantised calculus and index theorems.
    • Singular (Dixmier) traces and their applications
    • Non-commutative integration theory
    • Non-commutative probability theory
    • Various aspects of Banach space geometry and its applications
    • Algebraic geometry (birational geometry and moduli)
    • Hodge theory
    • Transcendental methods in algebraic geometry 
    • Motivic cohomology and algebraic K-theory - an intersection of algebraic geometry and algebraic topology
    • Equivariant algebraic topology
    • Extreme Value Analysis:
      Projects available on the modelling of the dependence of multivariate and spatial extremes, spatio-temporal modelling, high-dimensional inference. Interests in environmental/climate applications. 
    • Symbolic Data Analysis:
      Projects available on symbol design, distributional symbols and others. Applications in big and complex data analysis.
    • Ancient river systems and landscape dynamics with Bayeslands framework
    • Bayesian inference and machine learning for reef modelling 
    • Deep learning for the reconstruction of 3D ore-bodies for mineral exploration 
    • Bayesian deep learning for protein function detection  
    • COVID-19 modelling with deep learning
    • Variational Bayes for surrogate assisted deep learning
    • Bayesian deep learning for incomplete information
    • Computational Statistics
    • Event sequence data analysis
    • Hidden Markov Models and State-Space Models and their inference and applications
    • Financial data analysis and modelling
    • Point processes and their inference and applications
    • Semi- and non-parametric inference
    • Bayesian statistical inference
    • Computational statistics and algorithms
    • Approximate Bayesian inference
    • Quantile regression method
    • Statistical text analyses
    • Applications to climate science, social science, image analyses

    *Yanan Fan is an Adjunct A/Prof in the School and is able to co-supervise students (not as primary supervisor)

    • Nonparametric and semiparametric statistics:
      Nonparametric dependence modelling (copulas) and nonparametric functional data analysis.
    • Social network analysis for epidemiology, social sciences, defence, national security, and other areas
    • Statistical models for dependent categorical data
    • Survey sampling (design and inference), particularly for network data
    • Statistical computing, particularly MCMC-based methods
    • Dependence measures
    • Complex-valued random variables
    • Goodness-of-fit tests
    • Machine learning (with potential applications in medical imaging)
    • Time series analysis
    • Real-time analytics with the Raspberry Pi
    • For some examples of my current projects, have a look at my personal webpage.
    • Fast and efficient model selection for high-dimensional data
    • Development of efficient estimation and sampling algorithms for random graphs and spatial point processes
    • Development of model compression methods for deep neural networks.
    • The development of statistical methods for epidemiologic research:

      Topics include regression to the mean, interrupted time series, meta-analysis, and population attributable fractions.

  • Monte Carlo and Uncertainty Quantification 

    • Projects on the stochastic analysis and development of modern Monte Carlo methods for uncertainty quantification, sequential Bayesian inference, high dimensional sampling, particle based Variational Inference (knowledge/experience with stochastic analysis and SDE & PDE theory highly desired).

    Machine learning and generative modelling 

    • Projects with a focus on (but not restricted to) medical imaging and machine learning methods for uncertainty quantification of image segmentation
    • Theoretical analysis of modern machine learning methods (knowledge/experience with functional and stochastic analysis highly desired).

    Mathematics of sustainability 

    • Projects on stochastic games, agent based models, network science and their applications in sustainability science.
    • Automating data analyses via natural language queries
    • Bayesian statistics, algorithms and applications
    • Building software tools, services and packages
    • Computational statistics and algorithms
    • Data privacy and synthetic data
    • Data science, theory and application
    • Defence applications (nationality restrictions may apply)
    • Extreme value theory and applications
    • Machine learning 
    • Symbolic data analysis
    • Developing statistical methods for point processes
    • Financial data modeling
    • Computational statistics
    • Analysis of capture-recapture data
    • Estimation of animal abundance
    • Measurement error modelling
    • Model selection for multivariate data
    • Non-parametric smoothing
    • Statistical ecology
    • High-dimensional data analysis
    • Computational statistics
    • Simulation-based inference
    • Eco-Stats project ideas