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Physics and Astronomy (Astrophysics and Space Research Specialism), Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 42 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) ,
The research carried out by the Astrophysics and Space Research Group covers a wide range of areas, with programmes of international importance in gravitational physics, extragalactic and stellar astrophysics, extrasolar planets, and the study of the sun and heliosphere.

About

The research carried out by the Astrophysics and Space Research Group covers a wide range of areas, with programmes of international importance in gravitational physics, extragalactic and stellar astrophysics, extrasolar planets, and the study of the sun and heliosphere. In addition, the group's Centre for Space and Gravity Research develops instrumentation for space astronomy and physics, as well as for ultra-sensitive ground-based measurements. 

Our extragalactic research group has established a strong reputation in the study of galaxies, groups and clusters of galaxies, and the large-scale structure of the universe. This comprehensive and highly integrated programme gives our work a distinctive environmental flavour. We have a strong record of winning time on major international observational facilities, at X-ray, optical and radio wavelengths.We combine these observations with innovative data analysis and modelling techniques and hydrodynamical simulations of large-scale hot gas flows in our research. 

Closer to home, the group has a strong interest in X-ray binary systems, involving neutron stars and black holes, which are studied using data from a variety of space-borne observatories. Finally, we are involved in the rapidly growing field of extrasolar planets. We have developed instrumentation for a wide variety of satellites studying the sun and heliosphere, and as a result, have access to information on activity in the sun and its surrounding environment, extending to the outer solar system. Recently launched solar instruments are also being employed to search for the subtle variations in stellar brightness, which signal the presence of transiting extrasolar planets.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Astrophysics and Space Research
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Molecular Physics
  • Nanoscale Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Positron Imaging
  • Solar and Stellar Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Ultra Cold Atoms

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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    6

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    169

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Academic Requirements

  • Typically a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree.

  • Attainment of an Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or
  • Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of an applicants potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

In addition:

  • Admission and registration for a research degree programme may be conditional on satisfactory completion of preliminary study, which may include assessment.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19710 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19710 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
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  • £2,098 UK/EU students, part-time

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
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