Applying for a PhD

Our group expects to have a number of funded PhD studentships in Algebraic Geometry and Mathematical Physics starting in the academic year 2020/21. Funding is 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). Chinese nationals are also eligible for funding via the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC). You can read about the details of funding on the university website.

Applications can be submitted at any time, however for full consideration for a start date in October 2020 please apply by 4 January 2020. Applications will be reviewed in early January, with interviews likely to take place in early February, and offers made in March/April 2020.

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.