UCL Astrophysics Group


Astrophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Astrophysics Group is one of the largest in the UK, comprising about 90 members of academic, research and support staff. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, planetary science, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation.

Our group members are playing leadership roles in many international projects, covering a time line from the present to 2030 or so.  They include the Dark Energy Survey, DESI, 4MOST, Ariel, Euclid, JWST, LSST, Subaru PFS, ALMA, JUICE, SKA, LISA, the Hubble Space Telescope, Cassini, LOFAR, Planck, Herschel, e-MERLIN and WEAVE.

Our group is part of the Physics and Astronomy Department at UCL. An overview of the group's research can be found in the most recent Departmental Annual Review.
Physics and Astronomy have achieved a Juno Champion Award from the Institute of Physics (IOP). The Project Juno recognises and celebrates good employment practices for gender equality and an equitable working culture.  UCL has a Silver Athena SWAN award from the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), and a Bronze award under ECU’s new Race Equality Charter for higher education.
UCL's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy aims to foster a positive cultural climate where all staff and students can flourish, where no-one will feel compelled to conceal or play down elements of their identity for fear of stigma. UCL is a place where people can be authentic and their unique perspective, experiences and skills seen as a valuable asset to the institution. 
UCL. 7 August 2016, © Mary Hinkley


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Important Announcement: The UK’s withdrawal from the EU has affected tuition fees / funding for those EU students without UK Citizens’ Rights. Students in this category should follow the procedure described for ‘Overseas’ students at the ‘Admissions’ link above, which will involve sending their CV to our admissions panel by November 30, 2020 for further consideration for appropriate funding.

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A massive cloud of gas and dust in which stars are forming, in the constellation of Carina. Credit: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/PACS/Thomas Preisbisch

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