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

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

When applying, students should contact a researcher in their area of interest and then follow the University of Kent’s online application process. As part of the process, students should include the following:

  • explain reasons for study/outline research proposal
  • provide details/evidence of qualifications
  • provide two academic references
  • provide other personal information and supporting documentation.

Further information and how to apply online for Postgraduate Research degrees can be found by visiting the Postgraduate Courses Page for the University of Kent.

EPSRC Scholarships

These scholarships include a doctoral stipend (equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend, £15,609 2020/21 rate (2022/23 rate to be announced), tuition fees at the home rate and access to further research funding.