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.

Current MASS students (June 2017)

High-quality funded PhD opportunities

The programme will fund 15 fully-funded four-year PhD scholarships; 12 students are currently funded over intakes for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and we are currently recruiting for three scholarships to commence in Autumn 2018.

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.

At the end of their PhD, the Scholars will be eligible to apply for an additional one-year post-doctoral prize, funded by The University of Nottingham, to help establish their independent research careers.


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


News and Events

MASS student presents research at 4th EDAR conference in Michigan

Last month saw first year MASS student Christopher Lanyon attend the 4th International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance (EDAR 4) at Michigan State University.

MASS and MMB poster showcase

Wednesday 7 June saw the School of Mathematical Sciences building atrium transformed into a display area, showcasing some of the excellent work from the Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society (MASS) and Mathematical Medicine and Biology (MMB) groups.

MASS group members attend UK graduate modelling camp

This month, three members of the 'Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society' (MASS) group travelled to Oxford University for the UK graduate modelling camp. Edward Acheampong, Ernst Schäfer and Hayley Mills were accepted to attend the week-long workshop alongside 30 fellow PhD students from around the country.
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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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