Postgraduate courses

‌Physics at Aberystwyth has an established reputation in leading-edge research

We frequently have fully-funded PhD studentships (e.g. EPSRC, NERC, STFC, University Scholarships) available for UK/EU students holding a good honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Our Courses

Postgraduate Study

‌Facilities are offered for students to read for PhD and MPhil degrees by research in a wide range of  topics.

Extensive research is carried out in the areas of:

The institute has state-of-the-art-laboratories, supercomputing and 3D visualisation facilities for research projects, and makes extensive use of national and international research facilities. A list of typical Materials Physics and Solar System Physics PhD projects is available.

Physics researchers work in close collaboration with those in Mathematics, in the areas of mathematical modelling of solids and structures, rheology of complex fluids and foams, analysis and measure theory, functional analysis, operator algebras, open quantum systems and algebraic combinatorics.
See the following group pages for more information:

How to apply

Prospective postgraduates must submit a formal application to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Once this is made, suitable candidates will be invited to visit the institute to learn at first hand of the research activities, to meet members of staff and to see the facilities available.

Informal inquiries for further information to the institute in advance of applying are welcome, please email us at, or write to us at our contact address.


The Department frequently has available UK/EU studentships (e.g., from EPSRC, NERC, STFC), and an informal inquiry to the institute will determine what is available at any particular time. The University also runs a studentship scheme called the Aberystwyth Postgraduate Research Studentship competition.

The Department also offers 3 bursaries a year for Non-EU Postgraduates to cover the difference between overseas fees and UK/EU fees.  For more information please contact the department at

Information about other funding sources, fees, and living costs for UK, EU and non-EU students is also available.

In partnership with local enterprise company Menter a Busnes, Aberystwyth Business School offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Change Leadership. This continuing professional development qualification compromises three modules, Coaching and Mentoring, Facilitation for Organisational Leadership and Leading Change, all designed to challenge the student intellectually, develop skills, and extend knowledge. This course is aimed at professional employees and people self-employed, and both delivery and assessment are designed to be of direct relevance to students’ professional activities in the workplace. As such, the course offered part time and students have up to three years to complete. For further information please contact Dr Wyn Morris or Laura Mc Sweeney 

The Department also offers an MPhil degree which is a research-based Masters and is completed in one year in full-time mode or two years part-time, and provides an opportunity to research and write a 60,000-word thesis on a topic of your choosing and fits with the research interests of the Department. If you are interested in undertaking an MPhil please contact the Department directly, acceptance to study would be conditional upon the department having appropriate staff to supervise an approved topic of study.