University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Astronomy

The Astronomy Group is located in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews. We have 13 permanent members of staff, 16 postdoctoral fellows and nearly 30 research students. Our research covers a wide range of areas from both theoretical and observational astrophysics. The group plays a vital part in the Undergraduate teaching within the School of Physics and Astronomy offering BSc and MPhys degrees in Astrophysics along with joint degrees with other departments within the University. The group is also committed to maintaining an outreach programme to local Schools. We have an inflatable planetarium which can fit up to 30 primary school children. The planetarium is portable and shows can either take place within the department or it can be transported to the School.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Areas of research include: theoretical cosmology; the formation and evolution of galaxies; star formation; extra-solar planet detection via transits, and microlensing; the formation of planetary systems, and their discs; radiative transfer in the interstellar medium; magnetic fields around solar type stars; theoretical, and observational galactic, and stellar astronomy; studies of star formation; extra-solar planets.

Assessment methods

A completed PhD is normally 80,000 words of original research.

Sponsorship information

Entrant accommodation bursary; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 42 months
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 42 months
PhD Full-time GBP 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 42 months
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 42 months
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 42 months
PhD Full-time GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 42 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01334 463103