Research course


Aberystwyth University · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

2:1 Bachelors (Honours) degree in a relevant subject area, or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Physics and Astronomy have been taught at Aberystwyth since the university was established in 1872. We aim to undertake internationally competitive, collaborative research in Space Physics, Materials Physics and Quantum Physics in a friendly and supportive environment.

We have a dedicated Physical Sciences library on campus that houses excellent research material for the study of mathematics, physics and computer science, including the Scott Blair Collection, a comprehensive and important resource for the study of rheology.

Aberystwyth University has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2014), which placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity.

We specialise in many exciting areas including planetary exploration and the very latest low dimensional materials. Available research groups can be seen below:

Solar System Physics group, studies the chain of events leading from the Sun, through the solar wind, to the atmospheres and surfaces of the planets.

Materials Research, advanced experimental techniques are applied in parallel with mathematical and computational modelling to elucidate the critical relationships that determine properties such as fluid flow, fracture, melting, conductivity and light emission in materials such as liquids, foams, glass, ceramics, semiconductors, nanoparticles and thin films. The Department of Physics at Aberystwyth University is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Diamond Science and Technology.

Department specialisms

Atmospheric, Ionospheric and Space Physics; Materials Physics; Integrated Sensors; Radio Physics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

PhD: 3 years full-time. MPhil: 1 year full-time.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1970 622270