Ph.D. On Campus

Physics and Astronomy

Cardiff University

36 months
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The Physics and Astronomy programme offered at Cardiff University, aim to offer a challenging and supportive environment, in which our students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in industry, research or academia. 


The wide range of expertise within the School of Physics and Astronomy enables the School to offer a variety of opportunities for higher degrees by research.

We have an established track record of research excellence and host world-class laboratories to support our wide range of research activities. Research in the School also involves worldwide collaborations and the use of leading-edge national and international facilities.

You will be supervised by a team of experts who will support your progress and help you to achieve your potential. You will be assigned a mentor from another research group who will act as your personal tutor.

The Physics and Astronomy programme from Cardiff University aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the academic world, industry or to pursue a variety of other opportunities in which a strong background in physics, astrophysics or computing is useful and important.

Distinctive features

  • Research students take specialist academic courses and courses to develop their communication and personal skills.
  • There is a full programme of seminars and the individual research groups hold regular meetings where members present new results and discuss their research in detail.
  • There is an annual postgraduate conference and a research student poster competition.
  • There are active collaborations with research groups overseas and regular attendance at major international conferences by staff and students.

Programme Structure

Research areas
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Astronomy Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter and Photonics
  • Gravitational Physics
  • Automated Searches for Ultra-Diffuse Emission from Stars
  • Single crystal analysis of frustrated magnetic systems, using the world's leading powder diffraction instrument
  • Quantum dynamics of frustrated spin systems
  • Superconducting diamond as a bridge to the quantum mechanical world

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Funded project

  • If you are applying for an advertised funded project then you don't need to provide a research proposal. You only need to provide the following:
  • Funded project title
  • Personal statement
  • CV
Self-funded project
  • If you are applying for a self-funded project then you need to provide the following:
  • Research proposal
  • Personal statement
  • CV

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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