Research course


University of Sussex · Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

A first- or an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject: physics, astronomy or mathematics.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Astronomy
  • MPhil in Astronomy

Specialist facilities

Theoretical astronomers have access to massively parallel supercomputers in the UK (Durham and Cambridge) and overseas. We also have our own network of high-performance Unix workstations and servers, and a University computer cluster.

The Astronomy Centre has an excellent record for obtaining observing time on STFC and other overseas telescopes, such as the Anglo-Australian Telescope and the telescopes on La Palma and on Hawaii. We have extensive involvement in satellite projects, especially in infrared and x-ray. The Centre is also involved with the 4m Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) in Chile. Members of the Astronomy Centre play lead roles in the Dark Energy Survey, Hershel Legacy Project, The Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) and the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and Euclid satellite mission.

Academic activities

Both MSc and PhD students are expected to contribute to the weekly informal seminars, and are encouraged to attend research seminars.

PhD students have an opportunity to attend an international conference and give a paper on their specialist subject. Observational students normally make at least one observing trip each year to an overseas telescope.


You are expected to study a selection of MSc modules to ensure that you receive a broad education in modern astronomy, as well as training in research skills.

Observational projects for PhD students are likely to involve the use of overseas telescopes, and theoretical projects may involve the use of supercomputers.

Information for international students

Please see link for international students' entry requirements :

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£18,750 per year

Please see link for funding opportunities:

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 873254