PhD Astronomy and Astrophysics / Programme details

Year of entry: 2021

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Programme description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Manchester is one of the largest and most active departments of physics in the UK.  We have a long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research, and have interests in most areas of contemporary research. The Department has a strong presence in a number of Manchester-based centres for multidisciplinary research:  The National Graphene Institute, the Photon Science Institute; the Manchester Centre for Non-Linear Dynamics; the Dalton Nuclear Institute; and the Mesoscience and Nanotechnology Centre.  In addition, the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire is a part of the Department.

Research in the <a href=' http://www.jodrellbank.manchester.ac.uk/ '>Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics</a> covers a wide range of fields in astronomy, astrophysics and technology development. Operating the 76-m Lovell telescope and e-Merlin National Facility at the <a href=' https://www.jodrellbank.net/ '>Jodrell Bank Observatory</a>, and hosting the UK ALMA regional centre, as well as strong links with the Square Kilometre Array telescope, the JBCA has extensive expertise in observational radio and mm observational astronomy. We are engaged in world-leading research activities in observational, theoretical and experimental projects within the fields of cosmology, pulsar astronomy, time-domain astrophysics, galactic and stellar astrophysics, solar physics, and instrument development. More information on our postgraduate programmes, including a list of advertised projects, can be found on the <a href='  http://www.jodrellbank.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/' >JBCA postgraduate study page</a>.

You can also download our  Postgraduate Project Booklet  (PDF document, 2.5Mb) which contains details of research projects available within the school.

The postgraduate research environment is well funded and world-class  s demonstrated by our ranking in REF2014.  Supervision is provided by academic staff, who are leaders in their fields, with independent pastoral back-up. Transferable skills training is available and there are some school teaching opportunities.

Related research in the Department is conducted through the following research groupings:

Theoretical Physics 

For more information on the above research groupings please visit www.physics.manchester.ac.uk

Scholarships and bursaries

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is offering a number of scholarships to both UK and overseas students. For more information about these scholarships please visit our Subject-specific scholarships page or the Fees and Funding page on the Department website for more information on other scholarships and awards available.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk