Research course

Physics and Astronomy

University of Leicester · Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Candidates must have qualifications of the level of a good honours degree from a British academic Institution. A STFC-funded research studentship requires the candidate to have a first or upper second class honours degree. STFC also accepts qualifications, or a combination of qualifications and experience, which demonstrate equivalent ability and attainment. A less than sufficient first degree may be enhanced to meet the requirements by the acquisition of either the Masters degree to enhance the first degree by one step, e.g. from 2(ii) to 2(i); and/or substantial relevant postgraduate work experience.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

A large (39 academic staff), research active department with a lead role in several international programmes. Research income per member of staff is amongst the highest in the UK. Research training is a very important part of our PhD programmes, ranking alongside the conduct of original research. Additional skills such as data analysis, high performance computing, communication and team working are important aspects of the 3-year PhD programme.

We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

Department specialisms

Astronomy; X-Ray Astronomy; Radio and Space Plasma Physics; Condensed Matter Physics; Earth Observation Science

Information for international students

Normally the applicant needs his own funding/scholarship. EU candidates can apply for the Anniversary Scholarship in Leicester (contact the Department for detail). English language training available.

Fees and funding

UK residents are eligible for scholarships from EPSRC, STFC, NERC, and occasionally from industry.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-72 months
full time
36-48 months


full time
12 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Dr Sergei Nayakshin