Research course

Physics and Astronomy

University of Birmingham · School of Physics and Astronomy

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Entry requirements

Typically a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Push the boundaries of knowledge at the frontiers of science in one of the largest Physics departments in the country.

Combining a high profile for research both in the UK and internationally, by studying a PhD at Birmingham you will work with talented researchers at the very leading-edge of their fields to unlock pioneering discoveries and join a dynmaic research group. The quality and impact of our research is proven with 90% of the research outputs in the School were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Exercise Framework (REF).

The School of Physics and Astronomy has a rich history of distinguished research and has delivered breakthrough discoveries which continue to transform our understanding of the universe, its laws and fundamental characteristics in a number of themes: Astrophysics and Space Research; Condensed Matter Physics; Metamaterials; Molecular Physics; Nanoscale Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Physics; Positron Imaging; Solar and Stellar Physics; Theoretical Physics; and Ultra Cold Atoms.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    42 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor P M Watkins/Mrs N A Simpson
+44 (0) 121 414 4625/4564