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.

We are proud to host the STFC Introductory Course in Solar System Plasma Physics in 2016.
Please see for course details and more information.

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


4th May 2016

Dr Jenny O'Hara

Congratulations to our very own Jenny O'Hara, who has successfully defended her Phd thesis, entitled "Numerical Simulations of Footpoint Driven Coronal Heating". Jenny intends to continue as a postdoctoral researcher within the group.

27th April 2016

Dr Tom Elsden

Congratulations to our very own Tom Elsden, who has successfully defended his Phd thesis, entitled "Numerical Modelling of Ultra Low Frequency Waves in Earth's Magnetosphere". Tom will continue as a postdoctoral researcher within the group, working with Dr Andrew Wright on low frequency magnetospheric waves.


National Astronomy Meeting

Solar Team Top Astronomy League

In addition to attending and presenting pieces of work at the National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham (which included a plenary talk outlining "Our 21st Century Sun: Coronal Heating Revisited" by our very own Ineke de Moortel), members of the group shocked the astronomy community by clinching the prestigious football tournament trophy at the conference. The team, including friends from the Universities of Warwick and Northumbria, won every game they played despite a punishing training regime of fantastic science and lots of coffee.