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Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Postgraduate research in physics and astronomy

Join a research community that’s nurtured 13 Nobel Prize winners and is home to facilities including the world-famous Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory and a new £10 million extension to our Schuster Laboratory.

Where our physicists include the discoverers of graphene Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, and Professor Brian Cox.

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Browse our range of physics and astronomy PhD and MSc by Research programmes.

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Live projects

Start your PhD journey by finding a research project that you’re passionate about.

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Getting in touch with a potential supervisor for your project is a key part of your PhD journey.

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There are lots of ways you can secure funding for your postgraduate research. Browse our funding pages to find out about available scholarships, studentships and awards before speaking to your supervisor for further guidance.

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Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

Find out more about fully funded PhD opportunities available through our CDTs, where you can combine research with practical training as part of a cohort and collaborate across research areas, institutions and industry.

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Start your new tomorrow. Find out how to submit an application.

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Discover your tomorrow

Get ready for a life changing experience like no other; find out about postgraduate research at The University of Manchester.