Applying for a PhD

For prospective applicants wishing to start in 2020/21 there are two main avenues of funding: departmental studentships, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and three studentships specific for our group, with money provided by the Faculty of Science.

EPSRC studentships

The deadline for these was 29 January 2020.

Faculty of Science studentships

Our group will have three funded PhD studentships in Algebraic Geometry and Mathematical Physics starting in the academic year 2020/21. Applications can be submitted at any time. Potential supervisors for these are Tom Bridgeland, Andrea Brini, and Cristina Manolache. These studentships are only available for PhD students who are eligible for "home fee status": this normally means you should currently be a long-term resident of the United Kingdom, the European Union/European Economic Area, or Switzerland (more details are available here).

Who To Talk To

We are always happy to talk to interested PhD applicants. Feel free to have a look at our research interests and members section to see if you like the look of what we do. Informal, general enquiries from interested candidates can be sent to Andrea Brini.

How to apply

Please use the University online system to submit your application; general guidance on how to apply can be found here. The application form is in two parts.

PhD Life In The Algebraic Geometry and Mathematical Physics Group

There is a growing number of PhD students working on a variety of areas in the Algebraic Geometry and Mathematical Physics Group. In the department there are many other PhD students to talk to working in Algebraic Topology, Number Theory, General Relativity, Quantum Field Theory, Category Theory and Differential Geometry.

The Sheffield department is quite an active one. Each week there is ample opportunity to attend a variety of seminars run by various research groups. The algebraic geometry and mathematical physics postgraduates themselves organize a weekly reading group where they work through a set of lecture notes on a particular topic. In 2019/20 we are running a learning seminar on K3 surfaces. Past topics included parts of Ravi Vakil’s Foundations of Algebraic Geometry, Robin Hartshorne’s notes on Deformation Theory and various topics from Mirror Symmetry.

More broadly there are several postgraduate reading groups in areas other than algebraic geometry and mathematical physics. To name a few, there have been study groups on Topological K-Theory, V.I. Arnold’s book Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics, Applied Topology and Galois Representations.