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Mathematics at Aberystwyth offers facilities for students to read for PhD and MPhil degrees by research.
Mathematics represents one of the supreme achievements of the human mind. The subject has fascinated thinkers throughout the ages, from the ancient civilisations of five thousand years ago to the present day. It is an evolving, living discipline; the boundaries of mathematics have expanded way beyond the geometry and number theory of the Greeks and the algebra of the early Indians and of Islam. Mathematics has been called "the Queen of the Sciences" by one of its greatest practitioners, KF Gauss.
The Department of Mathematics maintained its position as one of the best departments in Wales in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The department returned almost 90% of our staff, the highest proportion of any Welsh mathematics department. Results show that 1 in 8 of our research outputs are world leading, and more than 60% are either world leading or internationally excellent. All of our research and the impact it has outside universities, was judged to be of international standard.
There is extensive research activity carried out in the areas of:
- Mathematical Modelling of Structures, Solids and Fluids
- Quantum Structures, Information and Control
Researchers in all groups are involved in wider collaborations and are active partners in the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences (WIMCS).
All lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. The majority have a postgraduate teaching qualification and new staff are required to complete the PGCTHE. The department also employs a number of part time tutors, with extensive teaching experience, and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students.