Research course

Cosmology and Gravitation

University of Portsmouth · Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

The Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) is a research institute at the University of Portsmouth devoted to the investigation of cosmology, galaxy evolution and gravitation. We have nearly 50 staff, post-doctoral fellows and students working on subjects from inflation in the early universe to understanding the stellar populations in galaxies.
The ICG is one of the leading cosmology groups in the United Kingdom, and is supported by major grants from the Research Council STFC and the European Union.
Our postgraduate research students are engaging in original research, including:
Interacting dark energy models of the late-time acceleration of the universe
Cosmological dynamics and observational building a mass function and testing gravity using galaxy clusters
Observational constraints on the statistical properties of clusters of galaxies and the halo occupation distribution
Properties of the host galaxies of type Ia supernovae in the SDSS-II supernova survey
Cosmological constraints from the ages of luminous red galaxies
Constraining cosmological models with CMB fluctuations from the late universe
Four-dimensional effective theories in Branewords
Cosmic late-time acceleration: theoretical models and observational constraints

Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
The researchers at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation work in a variety of projects. Our research covers theoretical and observational cosmology, astrophysics and their interface. Our research projects are supported by grants from the Research Council STFC, the Royal Society and the European Union.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 2993