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Overview

The PhD programme in the Department of Mathematical Sciences is a strategic research collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool, and is based at XJTLU. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

Students on this programme are formally registered with the University of Liverpool as off-site postgraduate research students. You will carry out research on XJTLU premises under the supervision of the supervisory team.

As a PhD student you will be appointed a designated primary (local) supervisor at XJTLU, who is a full-time member of academic staff. In addition, you will also have a designated secondary supervisor based at the University of Liverpool.

The normal length of full-time PhD programme is three years. At the end of three years’ full-time study, you can apply for an extension of one year to complete the writing of your dissertation. Part-time PhD degrees usually take four to seven years.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Full-time PhD students are funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Please check the FAQ for further information about studying for a PhD at XJTLU.

Read about our current PhD students.

Scholarships

Apply for a scholarship for a funded PhD project

You can apply for an existing PhD project which has received funds from the university or external funding bodies. These projects have an established research topic and a formed supervisory team.

There is no specific application deadline to each project, which will be open until the position is filled. The start date of a PhD programme is normally the first day of March, June, September, or December. The Department has the following funded PhD projects available (this list is regularly updated):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor
Towards a more scientific and rigorous debt management: investigation of numerical and simulation approaches RDF-17-02-20 Open Dr. Dejun Xie
Dejun.Xie@xjtlu.edu.cn
Machine Learning-based Generalized Multiscale Finite Element Method and Its Application in Reservoir Simulation PGRS1912009 Open Associate Professor. Jie Chen
Jie.Chen01@xjtlu.edu.cn
Theoretical basis of the Standard Model: A unified theory based on division algebras PGRS1912023 Open Dr. Niels Gresnigt
niels.gresnigt@xjtlu.edu.cn
Condensation phenomena in out-of-equilibrium systems PGRS1912025 Open Dr. Pascal Grange
Pascal.Grange@xjtlu.edu.cn
Research on China's Credit Corporate Bonds and Applications for Asset-Liability Management (ALM) PGRS1912030 Open Dr. Yi Hong
yi.hong@xjtlu.edu.cn
Calibration of option pricing models with fractional Brownian motion and jumps PGRS1912026 Open Dr. Hasanjan Sayit
Hasanjan.Sayit@xjtlu.edu.cn