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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.

Potential supervisors

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Scholarships

1)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
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
Machine learning for target recognition FOS2007JP04 Open Dr. Fei Ma
fei.ma@xjtlu.edu.cn
Near-field interaction of electromagnetic field and heterogeneous structures and its application in tunable radar antennas FOS2007JP06 Open Dr. Hui Zhang
hui.zhang@xjtlu.edu.cn
Systemic Risk under Extreme Losses FOSA200701 Open Dr. Jiajun Liu
jiajun.liu@xjtlu.edu.cn
Measuring Tail contagion risk: An Asymptotic Approach FOSA200702 Open Dr. Jiajun Liu
jiajun.liu@xjtlu.edu.cn
Extreme Cluster Analysis with Applications in Climate Changes and Risk Management PGRS2006027 Open Associate Prof. Chengxiu Ling
Chengxiu.Ling@xjtlu.edu.cn
Mathematical theory and design of photothermally driven soft robots PGRS2006029 Open Dr. Chen Xuan
chen.xuan@liverpool.ac.uk
Robotic Manipulation of Cells and Intracellular Structures FOS2011JA01 Open Dr. Yina Liu
Yina.Liu@xjtlu.edu.cn
Measuring Tail Operational Risk under Extreme Value Theory 极值理论下操作风险尾风险的度量 PGRS2012012 Open Dr. Jiajun Liu
Jiajun.Liu@xjtlu.edu.cn
Financial crisis early warning systems with market interdependence: A data-driven approach 具有市场依赖性的金融危机预警系统:一种数据驱动的方法 PGRS2012016 Open Dr. Conghua Wen
Conghua.wen@xjtlu.edu.cn
Geometry of A-motives PGRS2012044 Open Dr. Luca Demangos
Luca.Demangos@xjtlu.edu.cn

2) APPLY FOR A POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP WITH YOUR OWN PROJECT

There will be two application rounds for each academic year:

  • First round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October will be reviewed in the first round and the decision will be announced in December.
  • Second round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April will be reviewed in the second round and the decision will be announced in June.

Go to Scholarship page and find more information about how to apply for the scholarships.