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School of the Physical Sciences


During the course of a year, the departments of the School of the Physical Sciences have on average a total of over 1,000 students studying for one year postgraduate courses and PhDs.  Each year we admit over 250 PhD students and over 300 students studying for one year Masters courses.  Courses are available in Geography and Human Geography, Physical Sciences and Mathematics.  To view the postgraduate courses available within the School of the Physical Sciences and to find out more about the Degree Committees, follow the links below:

Postgraduate courses in Mathematics including courses available in:

Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) and Department of Pure Mathematics & Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS).

Postgraduate courses in Physics & Chemistry including courses available in:

Institute of Astronomy, Department of Chemistry, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy and Department of Physics.

Postgraduate courses in Earth Sciences & Geography including courses available in:

Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute.

Other postgraduate courses at the University

See also information on the University's admissions policy (including entrance requirements, costs, and how to complete the University application form) provided by the University's Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Each Faculty entrusts the oversight of its postgraduate programmes to a Degree Committee of academics who are representative of the faculty’s departments and postgraduate degree programmes.  The membership is in some cases (Physics & Chemistry, Earth Sciences & Geography), the same as for the Faculty Board minus the student members, but in others (Mathematics), the membership of the two boards is separate.

The Degree Committees each meet approximately monthly in term-time to discuss postgraduate student policy matters and to consider postgraduate examination and progress reports.  They are the awarding body for masters degrees, and recommend PhD outcomes to the Board of Graduate Studies.  Routine matters (such as appointment of examiners, working away and other allowances), as well as most admissions business, are dealt with on a daily basis by the officers and are not tied to the meetings schedule.

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