School of Physics and Astronomy

Foundations of relativistic cosmology

Research Group:Astronomy Unit

Number of Students:1

Length of Study in Years: 3-4

Full-time Project: yes

Funding:

QM Scholarship
STFC

Project Description:

Understanding the behaviour of the universe on the largest scales requires a detailed and careful application of relativity theory. This involves understanding the consequences of the existence of structure in the universe on its large-scale expansion, as well as how to model and constrain the gravitational interaction on cosmological scales.

For the Astronomy Unit PhD application process see http://astro.qmul.ac.uk/phd/astronomy-unit-phd-programme.

 
Comments: 

Key elements of a PhD project might typically include:

  • Constructing inhomogeneous cosmological models, and studying their behaviour on large scales.
  • Finding ways to constrain the gravitational interaction on cosmological scales, and understanding the consequences of deviating away from Einstein's theory.
  • Determining the consequences of interpreting cosmological observations within broader theoretical frameworks, and understanding what this means for the evidence for dark energy.

Requirements:

The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second class honours degree in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics, Mathematics, or in a subject with substantial physics and/or mathematics content. Candidates with alternative qualifications or an appropriate level of research experience gained in the workplace may also be accepted, subject to College approval.

SPA Academics: Timothy Clifton