Research degrees

We enable promising scientists to pursue original research in a friendly, vibrant, research active environment and to equip them with the necessary skills to become productive independent researchers.

Whether you are studying for an MPhil or PhD, we offer you the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned scientists and facilities.

Find out more about a MPhil or PhD in Physics and Astronomy.

Areas of Research

We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

  • Earth Observation Science
  • Radio and Space Plasma Physics
  • Space Research Centre
  • Theoretical Astrophysics
  • X-ray and Observational Astronomy

Our research groups vary in size, but you can expect to join a group averaging ten PhD research students. You'll be assigned a first and second supervisor from the research group who will oversee and advise on your work.

Postgraduate Training

As part of your studies, you are required to attend postgraduate courses, skills and career development sessions and, in addition, will be expected to attend group seminars and conferences, including making presentations.

There are various opportunities throughout your studies for a student to present your work, including the Festival of Postgraduate Research held by the University, as well as attending global conferences.

Fees and funding

Fees are determined on a case by case basis, according to the research you wish to carry out.

Please note that we do not offer part-time MPhils or PhDs for International students. There may be additional fees or costs associated with the course.


We are pleased to host a number of studentships for students from multiple research councils, research projects and University scholarships:

Please check individual project pages for details of studentships available and application deadlines.

See more information about studentships and funding opportunities in the College of Science and Engineering.

Contact us

For any enquiries about PhD or MPhil admissions, please get in touch:

+44 (0) 116 252 3570

PGR Admissions c/o Kiri Humphreys
Informatics Building, University of Leicester
University Road