galaxyCosmology is the study of the universe as a whole. Its overall aim is to unravel the mysteries of the universe by scientifically addressing key fundamental questions. In particular, why is the universe structured today in the way that it is, how did it develop into its current form and what will happen to it in the future? Since humanity is also part of the universe, these questions apply equally to ourselves: where do we come from and where are we going?

The Cosmology, Gravitation and Relativity Group has an international reputation and continues to play a leading role in advancing our understanding of the history of the universe. Our primary research interests span a wide range of important theoretical topics in modern cosmology. We enjoy strong links with the String Theory Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy by means of a series of weekly seminars and discussion groups. We also benefit by participating in a busy visitor programme.
If you are interested in undertaking a research PhD in the Cosmology, Gravitation and Relativity group, we have a list of possible projects. Information on the application process, what to expect as a PhD student and how to obtain funding is available on the main PhD in Astronomy page.
Visit the Cosmology and Relativity Wiki site ( for more information about the research activities of the group, possible PhD projects and our weekly discussion group meetings.