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

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

Course content

The School carries out research in a variety of areas of astrophysics, with the common theme of understanding the growth of structure in the Universe. On the theoretical side, we focus on the fluctuations in the cosmic microwave background, and how these perturbations grew to form the present-day large-scale structure. The analytical theory is supported by our work in computational cosmology, in which we have undertaken studies simulating the growth of structure in the Universe.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Financial support for maintenance and university fees is available from the Research Councils, particularly EPSRC, PPARC and MRC, from University and School Studentships, and from industry.

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Physics and Astronomy web pages.

For information on opportunities for funding for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559