How to Apply (for UK/EU applicants)

Applications for 2016 admission will open in early October 2015. The link to apply will be provided here once applications are open. Note that, in the first instance, non-EU students seeking a UCL studentship need to express preliminary interest as detailed on the studentship page.

Otherwise, for UK/EU students, once applications are open you will need to complete a UCL application form. This application gets automatically forwarded to us once your two nominated referees provide provide their letters of support. Please note:

  • You will need to include in your 'personal statement' an explicit note of which of our research areas interests you most. This can be as broad or narrow as you like (e.g., "cosmology", "brown dwarfs" or "reionisation with SKA"); take a look at our list of projects. If you haven't decided, or if you're interested in anything and everything, that's absolutely fine; please state this explicitly. You will be able to revisit your preferences if you change your mind before or during the interview days.
  • There is no need to write a research project, despite what the application form says. All we need is a short personal statement informing us of the area(s) of research you are most interested in, as above.

Deadlines and requirements

  • The deadline for PhD applications to reach the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy is 29 January 2016 for UK/EU candidates. Non-EU candidates must email us an initial CV and covering note by 1 Dec 2015 (click here for further information). 
  • Our normal minimum requirement for admission is a 2:i MPhys/MSci or equivalent (if your course can lead to that qualification; 2:i BSc otherwise), in an appropriate subject (normally, but not exclusively, physics or astrophysics).
  • If you don't meet these requirements, you may be interested in our MSc programme in astrophysics or planetary science; the MSc meets entry requirements for our PhD programme. At the risk of generating confusion: for obscure administrative reasons, all students entering our PhD programme are initially registered for an MPhil (not an MPhys, MSci, or MSc), and formally transfer to PhD studies at the end of the first year. If you encounter reference to the "MPhil" anywhere, just ignore it — in practice, our Master's-level degree is the MSc.
  • If you are eligible for STFC funding (see eligibility criteria)  you do not need to apply for funding separately. All you need to do is click 'Studentship' under the funding header of the application. If we offer you a place, this will automatically come with a studentship. If you are not eligible for STFC funding, please take a look at sources of funding for non-UK residents.

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