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What will I learn?

Our research carried out at the University's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) – one of the leading cosmology and astrophysics centres in the UK – is driven by a curiosity to understand the cosmos and the fundamental laws of physics, including gravity and the nature of spacetime, and how these laws of nature play out in the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. Modern cosmology and astrophysics are also driven by technological advances which enable us to see ever further out into the Universe with greater detail and precision. By looking deeper into the Universe we can test the laws of physics in regimes not accessible in experiments on Earth. Astrophysicists have found evidence for black holes, dark matter and dark energy in the Universe that will shape future scientific advances. By probing the origin of structure in the very early universe, we're testing ideas about quantum gravity. As a postgraduate researcher here, you could join projects to build physical and analytical models of astrophysical systems, carry out detailed numerical simulations and apply data analysis to make quantitative statistical inferences. You could also innovate by developing advanced techniques in data science, analysis and inference, for astrophysical, medical and societal applications.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Technology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£16,400.00 (US$ 21,364) per year
Tuition fees are subject to annual increase.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2020

Venue

University of Portsmouth

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,

Portsmouth,

PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For international students

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

The University of Portsmouth is one of the top 40 UK universities (Guardian University Guide).

  • 1 of top 100 young universities in the world (THE)
  • 88% student satisfaction with the University (NSS 2017)
  • ‘Gold’ award in Teaching Excellence Framework
  • Invested GBP150m in last 10 years to upgrade amenities