Research course


University of Nottingham · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in physics, mathematical physics or mathematics, or a joint degree containing substantial elements of mathematics or physics.

Months of entry


Course content

The focus of our research in Nottingham is on cosmology and extragalactic astronomy, from studies of the large-scale structure of the Universe to understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies. Galaxies form the building blocks of the observable Universe, and we can now observe these structures over 13 billion years back in time. How did galaxies form, and how did they evolve to produce the variety of phenomena we see today?

We tackle these fundamental problems using a variety of complementary and collaborative approaches, from detailed studies of galaxies in the local Universe through to evolving galaxies at intermediate redshifts, and finally by observing the most distant galaxies in the process of formation.

Complementing our observational effort, our theoretical and numerical expertise provides the vital context for our observational programmes, from numerical studies of galaxy and structure formation through to studying the physics of the intergalactic medium and the cosmic web.

Further information can be found on the Nottingham Astronomy Group website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    12-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559