Course Overview

The research activity in Mathematics at the University of Galway covers a broad range of  topics spanning Algebra, Analysis, Geometry and Topology. There is a particular strength in Computational Algebra, which has led to the establishment of de Brún Centre, whose mission is to support research in broad areas of algebra and its applications.

The various research groups within the discipline of Mathematics host a wide range of workshops, seminars and graduate courses, resulting in a unique and thriving graduate research programme with a strong international dimension.

As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students select from a range of taught modules, including:

  • graduate-level courses in Mathematics covering topics such as Advanced Algebra and Analysis, Geometry, Topology/Set Theory and Computational Mathematics;
  • modules in Statistics, Bioinformatics and Applied Mathematics available from the cognate disciplines within the School of Maths;
  • a wide range of interdisciplinary modules from other schools in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • modules on core skills such as research methods, computing, communications, and languages;
  • modules acknowledging a student’s professional development, including presentation of posters and paper at an International Conference
  • modules to enhance a student’s employability through generic training e.g. Careers' Workshops, computing skills, etc.

Each student is assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research.

Programmes Available

Structured PhD (Mathematics)—full-time 
Structured PhD (Mathematics)—part-time
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System


Learning Outcomes

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the degree of PhD or MSc by research must have reached a high honours standard (minimum H2.2 [or equivalent international qualification] for an MSc) at the examination for the primary degree, or presented such other evidence as will satisfy the Head of School and the College of his/her fitness.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Current research projects

  • Topological data analysis, with applications to medical imaging.
  • The mathematics of finite fields, with applications to combinatorics and communications.
  • An exploration of the experiences and approaches of students as they engage with the themes of abstract and theoretical mathematics at university, in particular mathematical proof.

Current funded research opportunity

Work Placement

Related Student Organisations

Career Opportunities

Find a Supervisor / PhD Project

If you are still looking for a potential supervisor or PhD project or would like to identify the key research interests of our academic staff and researchers, you can use our online portal to help in that search

Research Areas

  • Algebra: 
    Group theory including group varieties, representation theory of finite groups, associative and non-associative rings, and group rings, coding theory and cryptography. 
    Computational algebra including computational homological algebra, computational group theory, computational representation theory.
  • Linear and Multilinear Algebra
  •  Finite Field Theory
  •  Analysis and Numerical Analysis:
    Functional analysis, in particular tensor products, multilinear forms, polynomials and holomorphic functions on Banach spaces. 
    Non-linear analysis, including differential and integral equations, and fixed point theory. 
    Numerical analysis and computational differential equations.
  •  Geometry and Topology:
    Differential geometry and the geometry and topology of Lie groups and homogeneous spaces 
    Analytic topology and order.
  •  Mathematics Education

Researcher Profiles

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€5,750 p.a. (€5,890 including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€14,500 p.a. (€14,640 including levy) 2024/25

Extra Information


EU Part time: Year 1 €4,250 p.a. (€4,390 including levy) 2024/25

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Contact Us

Ms Mary Kelly
School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Applied Mathematics

What Our Students Say


Pádraig Ó Catháin |   Computational Algebra

I love being a PhD student in Maths. It's given me the skills to analyse complex problems and uncover unexpected links between different topics. I also know that I am being prepared for either a career in academia or industry.