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    I was wondering if my credentials would allow me I submit a competitive PhD application to low-mid tier astrophysics departments researching around extragalactic astronomy or instrumentation/optical telescope systems.

    I have a low 2:1 in Physics with Astronomy (MPhys) degree from Durham University. My results in second year were bad but I'd improved over the years. By my 4th year I averaged 69% in the advanced astronomy module, 64% in Lasers/quantum computing, 57% in general relativity/galaxy formation. My masters project was awarded 65% although I expected to get a bit higher tbf.

    Is doing a PhD (funded) with these grades completely out of the question.
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    You need to ask the lecturers/tutors who teach you. They will know the most about your potential and the opportunities and funding available in that sector. The most anyone on TSR is likely to be able to offer is a generic - you might get an offer, but you are unlikely to be competitive for funding - which is pretty much everyone's position!
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    Yes, you can do a PhD with a 2:1. Your marks in your modules may well be looked at in making a decision. Your knowledge with lasers may help you a lot with optical experiments. Try looking for some space-related ones. They will probably be related to satellite design in some way.
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    (Original post by djpailo)
    Yes, you can do a PhD with a 2:1. Your marks in your modules may well be looked at in making a decision. Your knowledge with lasers may help you a lot with optical experiments. Try looking for some space-related ones. They will probably be related to satellite design in some way.
    If its any use I did a third year team project under Airbus developing the basics for an asteroid lander and got 70%.
 
 
 
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