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.

MASS students (June 2017)

Leverhulme Trust PhD students

The Leverhulme Trust funds 15 PhD scholarships; 12 students are currently funded over intakes for 2015, 2016 and 2017 and three new students will commence in Autumn 2018. Leverhulme Trust funding for this programme is now all allocated, for other funding routes please see our postgraduate funding page


To apply for the programme for 2019 entry 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.

Leverhulme Trust funding for this programme is now all allocated. You can find out more about funding your research on our postgraduate funding page

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

PhD student wins grants

Emily Mitchell has secured support to attend multiple events.
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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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