Studyportals placeholder

Physics and Astronomy (Solar and Stellar Physics Specialism), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) ,
University of Birmingham is the international leader in the fields of helioseismology and asteroseismology, the study of the interior of the Sun and stars by observation of their natural modes of oscillation with this Physics and Astronomy (Solar and Stellar Physics Specialism). 

About

The main focus of the Physics and Astronomy (Solar and Stellar Physics Specialism) is the NASA Kepler mission, which was launched in 2009. Kepler is searching for Earths around other stars, and observations of oscillations in many hundreds of solar-type stars are a key part of the programme.

We lead the international consortium of over 170 scientists that is studying solar-type stars (including coordination of joint projects with the Kepler exoplanet programme), and we also have leading roles in the teams responsible for the study of red giants. In addition to Kepler, we are also actively engaged in international collaborations making use of data from other satellites (e.g., the French-led CoRoT) and ground-based telescopes (e.g., KECK).

Career

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, the Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The solar studies are allowing crucial inferences to be drawn regarding solar and stellar evolution theory, with direct implications for fields such as fundamental particle physics and cosmology. We are providing insight into the origin and nature of the solar activity cycle (and the recent, unusual behaviour of the Sun), and the link between the deep solar interior and surface, with knock-on implications for understanding solar input to global climate change and solar-terrestrial relations.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    169

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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).

  • Typically a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    21420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21420 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4320 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4320 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
£2,160  UK/EU students, part-time

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

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.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.