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Physics and astronomy PhDs and research degrees

We offer a range of physics and astronomy PhD project opportunities.

If you choose to study a PhD in physics with us, you’ll work alongside internationally recognised researchers, in specialised facilities, with lots of support and opportunities for development.

Opportunities also exist within multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Programmes at the University and other partner institutions.

Be supported by an internationally recognised research team

You’ll be supported throughout your PhD programme by some of the very best researchers in their fields.

Our School of Physics and Astronomy carries out internationally recognised research across five main research groups addressing a wide range of topics.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework, we were ranked 4th nationally for research impact, with over 90% of our work being rated as ‘internationally leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Development opportunities through our Faculty Graduate School

Our Faculty Graduate School gives you lots of opportunities to develop your skills, including courses to help develop your research, interpersonal and life skills.

You might also have the opportunity to travel to and present at major national and international conferences.

You’ll be encouraged to take part in the life of the School of Physics and Astronomy and to contribute to the full range of academic and social activities going on.

Study in excellent research facilities

As a physics doctoral student you’ll have access to specialised facilities for your area of research, and will be given high quality office accommodation and workstations.

Exceptional support throughout your PhD

We offer a structured training programme to help you develop your skills effectively and ensure you gain the most out of your research experience to produce outstanding research and further your career objectives.


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Tonye Irabor

PhD in Planetary Nebulae

"Leeds has a strong team in astrophysics."
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