Postgraduate Research Degrees in Physics, Astrophysics, and Mathematics MPhil/PhD/MSc (Res)

Postgraduate Research Degrees in Physics, Astrophysics, and Mathematics MPhil/PhD/MSc (Res)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing


Post- graduate




Preston and Cyprus

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  • Duration:

    PhD: 3.5 years full time or 6 years part-time, Masters by Research: 1year full time (2 year part-time)

  • Level:


  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Mixed Mode, Full-time and Part-time

  • Campus:

    Preston and Cyprus

  • Start Date:

    January, April, July and October. The usual entry points being either October or January. Deadlines for applications etc. are detailed in the Admissions Process information below.

  • Award Type:

    MPhil/PhD/MSc (Res)

Why study this programme?

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy conducts cutting-edge research in many fields. We offer postgraduate degrees (MSc and PhD) by research in a variety of topics (see the current projects available). We typically have a few PhD studentships available each year that cover tuition and provide stipends for successful candidates. The deadline for consideration for these is around the end of January (see our “PhD Studentships and Postgraduate Study” webpage for details), but we welcome applications from suitable candidates all year around. Projects will be allocated depending on funding levels available and the preferences of those students ranked highest on the list of applicants. If you would like more details then please contact our staff directly. We are targeting enthusiastic and self-motivated students interested in joining one of the UK’s most rapidly growing research Institutes.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (upper second or higher) in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics (or a related discipline). Students with a Lower Second Class Honours degree are considered for an MSc on their individual merit.

Programme at a Glance

Our research postgraduate degrees offer you the opportunity to explore a topic in Astrophysics, Physics, or Mathematics that really excites you.

The are no formal course requirements  but there is range of advanced courses you may choose to attend. We also provide a personal development programme tailored to your needs.

Further Information

More information about our research areas can be found the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute’s webpage.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Please read our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB) prior to completing an application for any of our postgraduate research degree courses and then apply via our Online Application System or UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) depending on which course you apply for (as per the guidance).

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications  with Professor Derek Ward-Thompson (  (Institute Director) or Prof. Cristina C. Popescu ( (Research Degrees Tutor) who will identify potential supervisors. Informal discussions with potential supervisors are encouraged.  This will help to ensure that your application is ready for consideration and that the Institute is able to construct a supervisory team to support you through your research studies.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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