Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Bringing together the research activities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities, the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences encompasses all areas of modern mathematical science research, ranging from pure subjects to applications. 


The Maxwell Institute Graduate School is part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, a research partnership between the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh and the Departments of Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics and of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University. It is one of the UK’s largest centres for the mathematical sciences, with around 150 academic staff and postdoctoral researchers, and features world-leading expertise in theoretical and applicable mathematics, statistics, operational research and actuarial science. It was rated in the top 5 in the UK for research power in the mathematical sciences, and recently has grown and strengthened considerably. 

The Maxwell Institute Graduate School currently hosts well over 100 PhD students with around 45 first year PhD students based in the Bayes Centre, including those in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Analysis and its Applications. 

The Maxwell Institute has growing capacity in data science through statistics, including the Centre for Statistics, through computational mathematics, through risk and its quantification, and through optimisation. It is increasingly working with other disciplines and industry to harness the power of mathematics, as well as providing the largest concentration of talent in the north of the UK at all levels: undergraduate, MSc, postgraduate and postdoctoral. 

Our Purpose 

We love the mathematical sciences and are advocates for it in all its forms from theory to application.

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