Research course

School of Physics and Astronomy

University of Leeds · School of Physics and Astronomy
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Good honours degree (first or upper 2nd) in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Engineering.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The department comprises around 60 academic staff with research organised under 5 groupings:

Astrophysics - Research in star formation, the discs around stars, and how outflows from stars and other astronomical sources affect the surrounding environments.

Condensed Matter Physics - Research focused on Nanomagnetism and the emerging technology of Spintronics, which utilises a quantum property of the electron known as spin.

Molecular and Nanoscale Physics - Research includes Biophysics and Soft Matter, Self-Assembly, Directed Assembly, Synthesis and Characterization of Bio/Nano/Hybrid materials and the Physics of bio/nano materials on surfaces and membranes.

Soft Matter Physics - Active research in Polymer and Complex Fluids

Theoretical Physics - This group is involved in solving challenges of Modern Theoretical Physics, ranging from Quantum Information to Biophysics. Its members are currently performing quantum information based experiments in strongly coupled cavity QED systems, as well as in more fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics.

Department specialisms

Astronomy and Astrophysics; Biophysics; Complex Fluids; Condensed Matter Physics; Molecular and Nanoscale Physics; Polymer Physics; Quantum Information; Theoretical Physics

Fees and funding

EPSRC, PPARC, research studentships, Case awards, ORS awards, university scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36+ months


full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Support Officer
0113 343 3839