Physics and Astronomy
The wide range of expertise within the School of Physics and Astronomy enables the School to offer a variety of opportunities for higher degrees by research.
The School specialises in a wide range of research areas and postgraduate students are fully integrated into these areas.
We aim to offer a challenging and supportive environment, in which our students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in industry, research or academia. We have an established track record of research excellence and host world-class laboratories to support our wide range of research activities. Research in the School also involves worldwide collaborations and the use of leading-edge national and international facilities.
You will be supervised by a team of experts who will support your progress and help you to achieve your potential. You will be assigned a mentor from another research group who will act as your personal tutor.
To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the academic world, industry or to pursue a variety of other opportunities in which a strong background in physics, astrophysics or computing is useful and important.
- Research students take specialist academic courses and courses to develop their communication and personal skills.
- There is a full programme of seminars and the individual research groups hold regular meetings where members present new results and discuss their research in detail.
- There is an annual postgraduate conference and a research student poster competition.
- There are active collaborations with research groups overseas and regular attendance at major international conferences by staff and students.
|Mode of study||Full-time, part-time|
|Full-time duration||PhD 3-4 years, MPhil 1-2 years|
|Part-time duration||PhD 5-7 years, MPhil 2-3 years|
|Start dates||January, April, July, October|
UK government postgraduate doctoral loans
Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
Students from the rest of the world (international)
If you are applying for an advertised funded project then you don't need to provide a research proposal. You only need to provide the following:
- Funded project title
- Personal statement
If you are applying for a self-funded project then you need to provide the following:
- Research proposal
- Personal statement
Suitable for graduates with a first or upper-second class honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Electronics or a related subject, depending on the research area.
English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
Postgraduate Admissions Team
School of Physics and Astronomy