Research course

Physics and Astronomy

University of Birmingham · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Typically a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

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 and course duration


full time
42 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

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