An EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Geometry and Number Theory


London School of Geometry & Number Theory


The admissions portal for the September 2024 intake to our 4-year PhD programme has now closed and applications are now being reviewed.

Guidelines Please read through the application guidelines below carefully before submitting your application. Please note that due to a technical error that is currently being fixed, the instructions on the application form regarding the length of your personal statement document are incorrect. Please follow the guidelines listed on this page instead and ignore those listed on the application form.

EDI Form

Please make sure you fill in the EDI form at the bottom of this page once you have made your LSGNT application.

Application Fees

Please note that there are no application fees to apply to this programme.

Admissions Schedule (subject to change)

30 November 2023: Admissions portal opens

31 December 2023: Deadline for application submissions 23:59

07 January 2024: Deadline for submission of references

Mid-January - February 2024: Applications reviewed by selection committee

February - March 2024: Applicants invited to interview

March - April 2024: Offers made

Application Guidelines

Please note the following before you start your application:

To apply you must do the following:

  1. Fill out the online application form through the LSGNT application portal that is listed at the bottom of this page when the applications portal is open. Please fill in the application form fully.
  2. Upload your official transcripts to date. Please do not upload any additional documents such as your Master's degree thesis, as they will not be reviewed by the selection committee.
  3. Upload one PDF LSGNT Applicant Profile document containing information as outlined on the application profile guidelines below.

Institution Preference

You will be asked to select two institutions on the application form (unranked) where you would prefer to undertake your PhD research from years 2 to 4. Please note you will be based at University College London for the first year of this programme with the rest of your cohort but may be formally registered at another of the three institutions. Feel free to provide more information about your preferences in your personal statement as part of your Applicant Profile Document, for example if you are interested in any particular staff members as potential supervisors, or if you have no strong preferences among the three institutions.

Primary Area of Interest

Please note that there are three options listed on the application form: Geometry, Number Theory or Both. Please ignore the 'Both' tick box and instead chose from either Geometry or Number Theory. If you are interested in arithmetic geometry, please tick the Number Theory box.

LSGNT Applicant Profile

This profile document must be supplied as a single PDF file labelled with your name in the following format, surname followed by your first name (e.g. DoeJane.pdf). It should contain the following elements:

  1. Your name listed at the top of your document
  2. Next, the names of the two referees who will provide a reference for you. (You will also provide this information in the references section of your application form)
  3. If you are an overseas student resident in the UK, please state in your applicant profile if you have pre-settled or settled status or neither
  4. Your CV (no more than 2 sides of A4)
  5. A list of topics you have studied in the last two years (no more than one side of A4). Please include a brief description of courses that are most relevant to your application
  6. A brief description of any project work undertaken (a paragraph per project is sufficient and no more than one side of A4 in total)
  7. A personal statement of no more than one side of A4, providing information about your mathematical development and interests. E.g. outline what you like about a particular topic or theorem and why it has caught your imagination. This will give us an idea of the topic area of Geometry and Number Theory you are particularly interested in. Please note that we do not require applicants to select an academic advisor at this stage of your application, however, if you already have an academic and or institution in mind please mention this in your personal statement.

Official Transcripts

Please upload transcripts of your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We do not necessarily expect you to have completed your master's degree or 4 year degree equivalent before you apply for this course, however we will require you to upload the grades you've acquired on your course so far for your master's degree or equivalent degree.


As part of the application form you will be asked to submit two academic references to support your application. Your referees will be sent an automatic email request for a reference as soon as you submit your application, so please check carefully the email address you are supplying for your referees. We advise that you also contact your referees before you apply to ensure they are available to supply a reference for you. The deadline for letters of reference is 07 January 2024. Due to the volume of applications we will not be able to confirm individually that references have been received. If you are in any doubt, please check with your referees.

Please do not upload any additional documents outside of those listed above or directly requested by the LSGNT Centre Manager. They will not be considered with your application.

Qualifications and Eligibility

All applicants

To be admitted to the LSGNT, you must:

International Students


Visa and NHS Surcharge Funding:


A number of fully funded studentships (UK and Overseas - the latter now including EU students) on offer for our September 2024 intake.

This funding includes for the 4 years of the PhD Research Degree:

Year 1: £21,181 Year 2: £21,756 Year 3: £22,349 Year 4: £22,959

These amounts are set by UK Research and Innovation Council for the universities and each year’s stipend is confirmed at the end of the last. The amounts listed above for years 2-4 are estimates only. The total stipend for a year is split across the year in 12 monthly instalments.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Form

Please note that you are now required to fill in the following Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) form, with your application. Please click here to access this form.

Apply to the LSGNT

Applications are now closed.
Please check back at a later date.