School of Mathematical Sciences

Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society

Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society (MASS) is an interdisciplinary doctoral training centre that aims to tackle the ongoing global problems of food shortages, water scarcity and insufficient clean energy. It brings together mathematicians with researchers from across the University developing improved crops, bioenergy sources and biological methods to clean contaminated water; renewable energy sources, storage and distribution.

Mathematics plays a crucial role in helping to understand resource use by quantifying and predicting the effects of alternative approaches through predictive modelling, statistical analysis and uncertainty quantification.


High-quality funded PhD opportunities

The programme will fund 15 fully-funded four-year PhD scholarships over three intakes; the first cohort of four students started their scholarships in September 2015. The second cohort of five students have just started their scholarships in September 2016. We are currently recruiting for the third cohort of five scholarships to commence in Autumn 2017.

The scholarships will cover PhD tuition fees for UK/EU students, plus a tax-free stipend of £14,553 per annum. While the scholarships may be held by students of all nationalities, the Leverhulme Trust has a particular interest in supporting UK or EU students. International students would be expected to cover the difference between international and UK/EU tuition fees (currently £11,387 per annum). Students will be based within the School of Mathematical Sciences, and co-supervised by one or more academics from partner schools.


To apply for a scholarship on the programme, please consult the project list below and:

  • identify three projects of interest
  • apply online via the University of Nottingham application page (for question 1a please select PhD in Mathematics - G10N)
  • in the personal statement section indicate that you are applying to the 'Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society' programme
  • make sure to include a ranked list of your three preferred projects, together with a CV of no more than two pages.

Applications will remain open until the scholarships are filled.

Available projects

For queries in relation to a particular project, please contact the supervisors associated with that project. 


Energy projects


Food projects


Society projects


Water projects


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The Leverhulme Trust

The centre is funded through the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships scheme by the Leverhulme Trust, a philanthropic organisation established by William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, in 1925. MASS is one of 14 such centres funded around the UK.

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Contact us

For general enquiries about the MASS programme, please contact the admissions team.

School of Mathematical Sciences

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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