A world leader in Astronomy and Cosmology

We’re a world leader in Astronomy and Cosmology and our students are taught by some of the best researchers in their field.

Durham is ranked seventh in the world for its research in space science in the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list from the Web of Science Group.

This list identifies scientists and social scientists who’ve published multiple research papers ranking in the top one per cent for citations - including our professors Carlos Frenk, Adrian Jenkins and Tom Theuns.

The listing also puts Durham joint first in the UK and joint third in Europe for the strength of our Space Science research.

Highly cited research

One of the research projects we’re a key partner in - The EAGLE Project - is one of the most popular research papers of the past decade. EAGLE aims to understand how galaxies form and evolve.

From 2015, when the paper was published, to 2020, scientists around the world have referenced the EAGLE findings more than 1,500 times in their own research.

This put it second out of the top 100 most highly cited papers published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS) between 2010 and 2020.

Nobel class

In addition Carlos, one of the UK’s leading science communicators, is the holder of the prestigious Paul Dirac Medal, and has been named "Nobel class" by Clarivate.

He holds the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal for Astronomy, whose previous recipients include Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage and Edwin Hubble.

  • Read about our performance in the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list.
  • Professor Carlos Frenk is our Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and founder and former Director of our Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) .
  • EAGLE is a project of The Virgo Consortium for Cosmological Simulations and our involvement is led by the ICC. Watch to find out more about EAGLE’s research.
  • Former Durham undergraduate and master’s astronomy student Zsofi Igo tells us about her time at the University and what the future holds for her.
  • Discover more about Cosmology and Astronomy at Durham and see undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities in Physics.

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