How do I apply?

Full details on the application process for Research degree programmes can be found on the College of Science and Engineering Research Study Webpage

All applicants should apply online via the Online Application System

Please note that you will need to register your details before you use the online application system for the first time. You can save and return to your application as many times as you wish before submitting it.

Should you have any questions about the application system, please contact Admissions via the Admissions Enquiries Webform.

Am I eligible to study for a Research degree?

Applicants for research degrees are normally expected to have obtained or expect to obtain a 2.1 BSc/Honours degree or equivalent. 

What English language requirements will I need?

Candidates whose dominant language is not English must produce proof of English language proficiency achieved within two years prior to application*. Full details are found here.

* Study of your first degree in the medium of English in a country where English is not the dominant language may mean that your English is not at a satisfactory level for academic study in the UK. This is not just a University of Glasgow rule, but a minimum standard of English certificate is a requirement for application for a student visa from the UK Border Agency. Potential applicants are therefore advised to register for and pass one of the qualifications in good time, prior to making an application.

All students who do not have English as a first language are advised to attend support classes in the University's Language Centre for the first semester even if they have attained the level stated as a condition of entry, since there is a large difference between the minimum requirements for entry and full proficiency in English. The Language Centre provides cultural and social support in addition to an introduction to the local dialect and an essay checking service. For further information, please visit their web site.

How do I obtain information on Physics and Astronomy research in Glasgow?

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is the fourth oldest university in Britain. Glasgow has a long tradition as a centre for the study of Physics and Astronomy. Physics was taught from an early stage in the history of the University and reached world-wide prominence with the work of Lord Kelvin in the 19th century. In its present research activities, the laboratory is one of the foremost in the UK and its work is internationally recognised. This work is organised around our research groups.

You can find the summaries of the activities of each research group at and specific information on postgraduate opportunities at

Before applying we advise you to make contact with the prospective research group leader and/or the academic in charge of the precise research area you are interested in to discuss possible research projects and available funding.

What higher degrees are offered?

Our standard research degree is the funded three to four year PhD.

We also offer both a Masters by research. MSc by research degrees are occasionally offered if you have reached an agreement with the head of the group you wish to join. No funding is available from the groups for any Masters degree.

Am I eligible for UKRI financial support?

The majority of our research studentships are funded by the UK Government research councils, EPSRC and STFC (part of UKRI).
These grants also provide travel funding.

These research councils have eligibility rules which we advise you check before applying.
All candidates must also have obtained, or expect to obtain, a 2.1 BSc/Honours degree or equivalent. 

Applications for research council funded positions are accepted at any time, but the main allocation of places occurs around March each year (with discussions with candidates occurring in the months preceding this) for PhD start dates of October each year. 

Do any other funding opportunities exist?

Information about various alternative funding schemes is available on the Student Funding Opportunities website.  The university also maintains a searchable database of Scholarships known to them.

Other funding opportunities:

Other PhD scholarship schemes and places funded in collaboration with industry are sometimes available. Please discuss available opportunities with potential supervisors. 

Alternatively you may have another possible source of funding (e.g. a scholarship from your home government, or other private funding). If so, please clearly indicate this on your application form.

How much will my degree cost?

All students pay an annual tuition fee to the University which covers registration, supervision of research or study and examination and recreational facilities. You can find the latest fee information on the Postgraduate Research Tution Fees Webpage. Unless you are self-funded, tuition fees will be covered by your scholarship or research council support.

More details on tuition fees can be found at