Research course

Physics and Astronomy PhD/MSc by Research

University of Birmingham · School of Physics and Astronomy
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

UK students - first or upper second class degree, preference to 4 year MPhys or MSci degrees. EC and Overseas degrees equivalent to UK.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The School takes on between 20 and 25 PhD students each year.

We offer the following research specialisms:

  • Astrophysics and Space Research
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Molecular Physics
  • Nanoscale Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Positron Imaging
  • Solar and Stellar Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Ultra Cold Atoms

Department specialisms

Physics: Astrophysics and Space Research, Cold Matter, Condensed Matter, Nanoscale, Nuclear, Particle, Solar and Stellar, Theoretical, Radiation Biophysics and Molecular, Positron Imaging Centre.

Fees and funding

UK students
£3996 (FT) £1998 (PT)
International students
£16, 230 (Only available FT)

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36-42 months
part time
72-96 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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