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Astrophysics, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
We share our picturesque base on Blackford Hill with the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (ATC) – the UK’s leading astronomical instrument maker – so as a postgraduate student in the Astrophysics at The University of Edinburgh you will be joining a vibrant community of specialists.

About

The scope of our research is as wide as the cosmos we explore. Thanks to our affiliation with the UK ATC and our strong links with related research centres in the School of Physics & Astronomy, we are in a rare position to accommodate a diversity of research specialisms.

Our current areas of research include:

  • cosmology (large-scale structure in the universe, galaxy formation, dark matter and dark energy)
  • active galactic nuclei and related objects
  • nearby galaxies (large-scale star formation, structure, content and evolution of galaxies)
  • stellar astronomy (parallax and proper motion studies, the stellar luminosity function, symbiotic stars)
  • star formation (observation and theoretical studies, star formation in external galaxies)
  • planet formation (disc and planet formation in protostars, discs around pre-main-sequence stars)
  • computational astrophysics (through the Edinburgh Centre for Computational Astrophysics)
Career opportunities

Graduates from the Astrophysics from The University of Edinburgh are among the most highly sought-after candidates for academic and commercial positions. Your degree will see you well placed to take up a rewarding role that applies your knowledge to the advancement of astrophysics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our students undertake thesis-related research from the outset, but in parallel with structured education in relevant background knowledge.

In the first year there is a reading group that covers the basics of astrophysics in a series of tutorials. Also during this year, you will take a variety of advanced courses in physics and astrophysics, as advised by your supervisor. These courses are part of the graduate school of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA).

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in astronomy, physics, or astrophysics.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22200 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

  • Research Council Studentships
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships
  • Research scholarships for international students

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