Mathematics and Astrophysics

REF 2014

  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014) results show strong success for Mathematics and Statistics, with 62% of our publications ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. 

  • In this submission, 50% of staff are early career researchers (ECR) ensuring a vibrant, forward-thinking environment. 

Research in this area covers a wide range of sectors and impacts on large sections of society, from biology to optics and communications, from astrophysics to soft condensed matter. Our key research themes are Nonlinear Waves & Integrable Systems, Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), and Biomathematics.


The focus of researchers in this area is on mathematical, statistical and computational models of processes and events in biology, physiology and medicine. The actual modelling and simulation of key biological structures is of interest to biologists, physiologists, epidemiologists...

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Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD)

Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) is the study of magnetic fluids and gives a good description of the dynamics of the Sun's atmosphere. MHD wave theory is a rich and fascinating area of study because, by the nature of the supporting plasma, it is based on the interplay of three different modes...

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Nonlinear Waves & Integrable Systems

Nonlinear phenomena appear everywhere in nature, from water waves to magnetic materials, from optics to weather forecasts, hence their description and understanding is of fundamental importance both from the theoretical and the applicative point of view.

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