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Entry requirements

To study a research/PhD degree in physics and astronomy, you must have achieved, or expect to achieve, a first or upper second class (2:1) bachelor degree, or equivalent.

Applicants without such qualifications may be accepted in special circumstances but they will have to demonstrate their suitability by taking examinations or by other appropriate means, both before and during their studies.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to produce evidence of a language qualification before registration as a postgraduate student.

The School of Physics and Astronomy will accept the following qualifications and scores:

  • IELTS - an overall band of 6.0 with no individual skill band below 5.5 in all components
  • iBT TOEFL - (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 87 overall with Listening 20; Reading 20; Speaking 22; Writing 21.


Other English Language qualifications may be acceptable, please contact us to find out more.