Research course

Cosmology and Gravitation

University of Portsmouth · Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

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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. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

If you're ready to take your knowledge and interest in Cosmology and Astrophysics into a postgraduate research degree, there's no better place than Portsmouth.
Our research carried out at the University's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) – one of the leading cosmology and astrophysics centres in the UK – is driven by a curiosity to understand the cosmos and the fundamental laws of physics, including gravity and the nature of spacetime, and how these laws of nature play out in the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies.
Modern cosmology and astrophysics are also driven by technological advances which enable us to see ever further out into the Universe with greater detail and precision. By looking deeper into the Universe we can test the laws of physics in regimes not accessible in experiments on Earth.
Astrophysicists have found evidence for black holes, dark matter and dark energy in the Universe that will shape future scientific advances. By probing the origin of structure in the very early universe, we're testing ideas about quantum gravity.
As a postgraduate researcher here, you could join projects to build physical and analytical models of astrophysical systems, carry out detailed numerical simulations and apply data analysis to make quantitative statistical inferences. You could also innovate by developing advanced techniques in data science, analysis and inference, for astrophysical, medical and societal applications.
What you'll experience
As a postgraduate student, you can work with the SouthEast Physics Network (SEPNet), a consortium of nine universities in the southeast of England. SEPNet channels research expertise into one central, combined resource, and gives you postgraduate training opportunities, including student-led workshops and conferences.
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
You'll also have access to the exceptional facilities within our Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) – including our SCIAMA supercomputer.
What you'll study
Our researchers are working and supervising research in fields such as:
  • Astrophysics
  • Gravitational Waves
  • Theoretical Cosmology
  • Observational Cosmology
Careers and opportunities
Once your postgraduate research degree is complete, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification tells potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566