The Solar and Magnetospheric Theory group is based within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews. Click here to see a list of our recent publications.
We currently have 28 members of the group involved in different areas of observational and theoretical solar/magnetospheric research, this includes professors, teaching staff, postdoctoral researchers, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and postgraduate students. We also have prestigious emeritus and honorary staff members who contribute to our research.
We are a large group of applied mathematicians who study the Sun and the Earth's magnetosphere using mathematical modelling techniques. Observational data from satellites (e.g., SDO, Hinode, and Cluster) and from ground based observatories (e.g., Kitt Peak, Big Bear and EISCAT) are used to constrain our models and improve the validity of our results. We also have close collaborations with the solar groups at Glasgow and Dundee.

Interested in a PhD on a solar-related topic?
See our Phd Positions page for more details.


January 2020

Solar Orbiter Meeting

The group will be hosting the latest Solar Orbiter discussion meeting on 13-14 January 2020. Further details can be found on the meeting website.

August 2019

Tom Elsden and Patrick Antolin depart

It is with some sadness and best wishes that the group says goodbye to two postdocs: Dr Tom Elsden is leaving the group to take up a Leverhulem Early Career Fellowship at Leicester University, while Dr Patrick Antolin has taken up a lecturership at Northumbria University. We wish both well in their new posts!

June 2019


Our PhD student Erin Goldstraw succesfully passed her viva, congratulations Dr Goldstraw!


NAM 2019

Solar Team Unstoppable!

Patrick Antolin, Tom Elsden, Lianne Fyfe, Erin Goldstraw, Thomas Howson, Craig Johnston, Paolo Pagano, Alexander Prokopyszyn, Jack Reid, James Threlfall, Hendrik-Jan Van Damme, Andrew Wright and Steph Yardley attended the National Astronomy Meeting held in Lancaster between 30/6 and 4/7. The clear highlight of the week was the annual 6-a-side NAM football tournament. The St Andrews team battled against fierce opposition and a biased LOC to bring the trophy home for the fourth consecutive year. Our unique blend of European tika-taka and Scottish park-the-bus football has seen St Andrews move clear at the top of the All Time Winners List. Special mention goes to stunning goalkeeping from an injured James Threlfall, clinical finishing from Paolo Pagano and Andy Wright's loud and enthusiastic support. Unfortunately Fife Council turned down our request for an open-top bus victory parade, so our adoring fans will have to make do with spotting the trophy in the cabinet in the main corridor for the next year.