Research in the School involves worldwide collaborations and the use of leading-edge national and international facilities.
We have an established track record of worldwide collaborations and the use of leading-edge national and international facilities.
63% of our submitted research for REF 2014 was deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance. We’re also ranked top amongst UK Physics departments for the proportion of our overall submissions deemed ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’.
- 63% of our research rated ‘outstanding’ for impact
You can work alongside staff actively involved in major international collaborations, including the SPIRE instrument consortium for the Herschel satellite and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, which recently made the headlines for its discovery of gravitational waves.
Study with us
We offer supervision and/or research projects in the following areas:
- Astronomy (Observational and Theoretical)
- Astronomy Instrumentation
- Condensed Matter and Photonics
- Gravitational Physics
- Brain Imaging
All postgraduate research students are offered the opportunity to undertake demonstrating or marking duties for our undergraduate students.
Find out more about our postgraduate research degree in Physics and Astronomy.
Securing funding is likely to be an important consideration for you as a postgraduate.
Our research-intensive profile and reputation enables us to secure funding for doctoral study from a wide range of sources, including UK Research Councils, charities and trusts, governmental bodies and industry. We are currently leading or participating in a range of Doctoral Training Initiatives.
Prizes are awarded each year to outstanding postgraduate students. These are donated by past and present students and staff.
Prizes are awarded for the following categories:
- outstanding performance
- commitment to outreach activities.