- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Competition funded
- Dr Mauro Mobilia
- School of Mathematics
- Research groups/institutes
- Applied Mathematics
Understanding the maintenance of biodiversity and the emergence of cooperation are important topics in the Life and Behavioural Sciences. Evolutionary game theory, where the success of one species depends on what the others are doing, provides a promising mathematical framework to study the dynamics of interacting populations. As paradigmatic examples, the prisoners dilemma and the rock-paper-scissors games have emerged as a fruitful metaphor for cooperative and co-evolutionary dynamics, with applications in microbiology and ecology. While mathematical biology classically deals with deterministic, often spatially homogeneous, models; the joint effects of noise and spatial degrees of freedom are important for realistic description of population dynamics. In our research, we use stochastic processes, differential equations and computer simulations to study the dynamics of interacting populations. Our approach will be to adopt an "individual-based" metapopulation model formulation in which interacting sub-populations are subdivided in connected islands and can migrate from one patch to another.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is ‘Modelling Biodiversity and Pattern Formation with Evolutionary Games’ as well as <a href="https://physicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/staff/64/dr-mauro-mobilia">Dr Mauro Mobilia</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.
<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> – Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of £15,009 per year for 3 years, School of Mathematics Scholarship award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of £15,009 per year for 3 years. Alumni Bursary is available to previous University of Leeds graduates offering 10% discount on Academic Fees.</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> – China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, School of Mathematics Scholarship award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth Scholarship and Commonwealth Split Site Scholarships. Alumni Bursary is available to previous University of Leeds graduates offering 10% discount on Academic Fees.</p>
<p>For further information regarding your applicaiton, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email: <a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">m</a><a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>, or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr Mauro Mobilia by email: <a href="mailto:M.Mobilia@leeds.ac.uk">M.Mobilia@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>
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