Research course

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Cosmology and Relativity

Queen Mary, University of London · Astronomy Unit

Entry requirements

First-class or upper-second class degree in physics, mathematics or astronomy.

Months of entry


Course content

PhD studentships are available in fields including theoretical cosmology, gravitation and relativity, planet formation, astrophysical fluids and accretion discs, solar and stellar physics, Solar System bodies and dynamics, space plasma physics, and survey observational astronomy.

Students will work on original research projects with members of the Astronomy Unit. The Astronomy Unit has an international reputation and is particularly strong in theoretical astronomy, astrophysics and relativity. It has 40 research members, including 14 academic staff.

Department specialisms

Space plasma physics; the Solar System; helioseismology; astrophysical fluids; planet formation; cosmology; general relativity and its applications; observational survey astronomy; gravitational lensing

Information for international students

Applications from international students are welcomed. A limited number of studentships can provide fees and expenses to international students. Fluency in English is required.

Fees and funding

3 to 5 studentships annually (from PPARC, EU, university and college studentships) which cover fees and generous living expenses

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Physics and Astronomy
+44 (0)20 7882 6958