Our dynamic Physics and Astronomy research community produces innovative fundamental and applied research, delivered across three broad research areas within the Division of Natural Sciences.

Discover our exciting postgraduate opportunities by clicking on the research groups below and view the latest list of self-funded MSc by Research projects.

Research Groups

Applied Optics Group

Physics of Quantum Materials (PQM)

Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science

Applications are invited from students holding or expecting to obtain at least a second class degree in Physics or a relevant subject. Before writing an application, potential candidates are strongly advised to contact a Kent academic working in one of the three research areas outlined below. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to talk about an area not listed or have any questions about postgraduate study in Physics at Kent.


  • Open to Home and Overseas (including EU) students. To be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the RCUK residency criteria, see appendix B.
  • If you are applying as an overseas student (this includes EU nationals), Kent will waive the difference between the Home and Overseas fees.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential.
  • Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject, and ideally a Master’s degree or equivalent.

How to apply

Once you have identified a project you are interested in, contact the named supervisor by email to discuss the possibility of undertaking an MSc under their supervision. Please outline your interest in the research project and supply a CV, including all relevant experience and details of how you will fund your study. After securing a project and a supervisor, you can proceed to make an online application.

For further information on how to apply online for Postgraduate research degrees, see our website. Alternatively, please contact information@kent.ac.uk with any questions on how to proceed.