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Cosmology and Gravitation MPhil

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Full time | University of Portsmouth | 2 years | FEB

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MPhil - Master of Philosophy

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Our research carried out at the University's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) – one of the leading cosmology and astrophysics centres in the UK – is driven by a curiosity to understand the cosmos and the fundamental laws of physics, including gravity and the nature of spacetime, and how these laws of nature play out in the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. Modern cosmology and astrophysics are also driven by technological advances which enable us to see ever further out into the Universe with greater detail and precision. By looking deeper into the Universe we can test the laws of physics in regimes not accessible in experiments on Earth. Astrophysicists have found evidence for black holes, dark matter and dark energy in the Universe that will shape future scientific advances. By probing the origin of structure in the very early universe, we're testing ideas about quantum gravity. As a postgraduate researcher here, you could join projects to build physical and analytical models of astrophysical systems, carry out detailed numerical simulations and apply data analysis to make quantitative statistical inferences. You could also innovate by developing advanced techniques in data science, analysis and inference, for astrophysical, medical and societal applications.

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A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

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Over 4,000 postgraduate students call the University of Portsmouth campus home. An ideal choice for postgraduate students, the university has great research credentials, excelling in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science. 89% of its research in physics, and 90% of its research in allied health professions was rated as either ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework in 2014. The...more

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