School of Physics & Astronomy

How to Apply

We encourage you to apply as early as possible, particularly if you are intending to apply for funding - many applications to scholarships require you to have a firm offer of a place before you can be considered.

Online Application Procedure

The online application is the quickest and easiest way of applying to The University of Nottingham and gives you ongoing information about the progress of your application.

The Postgraduate Applications online system enables you to fill out a standard application form online and submit this to the University immediately. When you have submitted your application, you can view its progress by using the tracking system online.


There is no application fee for Postgraduate courses in the School of Physics & Astronomy which are research based not taught course.

When filling in the application form it is important to specify your area of interest - Astronomy, Condensed Matter Theory, Experimental Condensed Matter & Nanoscience, Magnetic Resonance Imaging & Spectroscopy, Particle Theory or Cold Atoms & Quantum Optics Group in your personal statement. 

For the Research Proposal Section of the application all you need to do is clearly indicate which of the above area of Physics you are interested in studying.

Please attach a transcript and evidence of any English Language qualification to your application.

Application Process

Once the on-line application is submitted you will be sent an acknowledgement and your application will be passed to the School of Physics & Astronomy for prompt consideration. Home candidates are normally invited to visit the School to meet potential supervisors. Interested supervisors normally contact international applicants by telephone or Skype.

For enquiries regarding the progress of applications contact: 

The Admissions Office
The University of Nottingham
University Park

Standard Start Dates

The start date must be one of the following standard start dates:

1 October, 1 November, 5 January, 1 April, 1 August, 1 September

Virtual Open Day

Visit the Virtual Open Day website to assist with your application.

School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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