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Space and Climate Physics MPhil/PhD

Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) is the UK's largest university-based space science group. We offer a unique environment at the forefront of space science research and space instrumentation development, working closely with international collaborators in academia, major space agencies and industry. Alumni have pursued successful careers in academia, industry and finance.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class Bachelor’s degree, or a second-class Bachelor’s degree together with an MSc from a UK university in a relevant subject, or an overseas equivalent qualification.

English language requirement: Standard

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Funding

NERC and STFC studentships may be available.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Met Office, Specialist Forecaster, 2011,
  • NASA, Research Scientist, 2011,
  • KU Leuven, Post Doctoral Researcher, 2011,
  • EADS Astrium, Consultant Physicist/Engineer, 2012,

Employability

All of our PhD programmes require students to develop strong IT skills, manipulate large volumes of data and clearly present their work to a range of specialist audiences. As a result our graduates are highly numerate, technically competent, and articulate, with excellent problem solving skills. This makes them attractive to a wide range of employers, as can be seen from their career destinations. Through international collaborations, interactions with industry and opportunities to work with schools and the general public, they also develop unique insight into the requirements of future employers. This gives them an invaluable competitive edge when beginning their chosen career.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Research training takes place at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey, except the System Engineering course where the students may work at the Bloomsbury Campus depending on their project.

MSSL offers a unique environment at the forefront of space science. Scientists work alongside top engineers, designing, building and testing instruments for launch in space and analysing the data from both these instruments and others. Most research projects use data from either ground-based or space-borne instrumentation and students benefit significantly from the laboratory's involvement in numerous space missions. In addition to studying their chosen research topic, students are encouraged to increase their employability by learning other invaluable skills associated with the interdisciplinary nature this laboratory such as space technology, project management and where the data came from

Student / staff ratios › 24 staff › 52 taught students › 49 research students

Department: Space & Climate Physics

Degree reviews

Student review

"UCL is among the leading universities in the world and carries out world-class research. In particular, in the department of space and climate physics, there are many experts in galactic astronomy, which was/is my main interest. I believe this has put me in good stead to begin a career in the field."

Robert Grand

Subject: Space and Climate Physics PhD
Student review

"I applied to Mullard Space Science Laboratory, part of UCL, because of its excellent reputation, and because it was performing cutting edge research in the field which I was interested in. After meeting my prospective supervisor, and seeing the picturesque location in the Surrey Hills I was sold"

Jason Hunt

Subject: Space and Climate Physics PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

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Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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