Astronomy Unit PhD Programme

Image of the Flame Nebula taken using the VISTA telescope

The Astronomy Unit in the School of Physics and Astronomy offers postgraduate research opportunities across a wide range of areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics, leading to the degrees of PhD and MPhil. The Astronomy Unit has a large and thriving community of postgraduate research students, numbering about 15-20 at any one time.

For entry in September 2018 we expect to offer three STFC funded studentships. The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second class honours degree in Physics, Astronomy or Astrophysics, Mathematics, or in a subject with substantial physics and/or mathematics content. Candidates with alternative qualifications or an appropriate level of research experience gained in the workplace may also be accepted, subject to College approval. Further details about the application procedure and criteria used to select candidates are provided by clicking on the link "How to Apply" in the menu on the left of this page.

To be considered for award of an STFC or College studentship applications should be submitted by 31st January 2018. Applications made after that date may still be considered for studentships depending on availability. Other studentship opportunities may arise at other times of year, and advertized on this web site.

Projects are offered across a wide range of areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics covering the major research activities within the Astronomy Unit. Please follow the  "Available Projects" menu link on this page for more details.

Research students in the Astronomy Unit PhD programme are assigned a supervisor who has closely related astronomical interests, and with whom they agree a programme of study and research. That programme includes advanced courses provided as part of the Astronomy Unit's MSc in Astrophysics. Advanced courses at other London Colleges may also be taken. The College and the Astronomy Unit provides opportunities for acquiring skills through short courses, and students will be encouraged to attend international conferences to present the results of their research. Students will also have the opportunity to gain experience in teaching, for example through leading examples classes for undergraduate students, while at the same time supplementing their income.