UCL Astrophysics Group


Work Experience, Studentships and Internships

Astronomy is all around us, and you do not have to be a student at UCL to appreciate the fascination of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole.

Work experience

If you are a student in Year 11 or below and are interested in conducting work experience with us, please complete this form by Friday 30th April 2021.  If you are successful in obtaining a place we will be in contact before the end of May.  Please note all placements will be virtual. It is departmental policy for any work experience placements to be offered in groups of 2 or more and not on an individual 1 to 1 basis.  A minimum group size (of 3 or 4) is required and supervision between 2 members of staff at least. 

The department is also taking part in In2scienceUK, which A-level students can partake in. How it works:

  • Volunteer mentors and Year 12 students sign up to the programme.
  • Students are shortlisted, interviewed and matched in groups of up to three to a suitable mentor.
  • Mentors that are matched to a group of students receive training and guidance to deliver their virtual and in-person sessions.
  • The programme runs throughout August 2021. Mentors meet with their students first through In2scienceUK’s online platform for two 45 minute sessions before hosting a one-day workplace visit (Covid-19 restrictions permitting).
  • Students also have access to online research courses, skills and careers workshops and competitions run by In2scienceUK throughout the summer.
  • Please make sure to complete this UCL internal form.

This is administered by the In2Science team, you can contact the departmental outreach coordinator (mark.fuller@ucl.ac.uk) for more information. Application deadline for 2020-21 is Friday 9th April. Information can be found here or by contacting Jo Maniscalco at jo@in2scienceuk.org


Brian Duff Undergraduate Summer Research Studentships

The Astro group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy are offering three studentships to UCL P&A undergraduates interested in pursuing research projects over the summer. 

The key aims of the studentships are to give motivated undergraduates the opportunity to work on a research project, gain experience developing and writing a research proposal and presenting their research to their peers.

Please state in your application if you are applying for an online-project or an on-campus project. Please note that on-campus projects may be restricted in the summer depending on governmental guidelines in response to the pandemic. Students submitting on-campus projects can also submit an alternative online-project in the same application should the on-campus projects not be possible. 

Deadline for applications is Monday 19th April 2021, 9am.
General enquiries should be directed to Mrs Kay Nakum (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk), Astro Manager. 


  • Applicants should be undergraduates in the department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • At least one current UCL academic must be a supervisor on the project.
  • Students will be provided a bursary of £2000 to cover expenses during the studentship. 

Application Instructions:

  • The student should contact the prospective supervisor ahead of time and the student and supervisor should develop the project and application together.
  • Proposals should be in the form of a one-page motivation letter highlighting why the student is interested in the programme, a 1-side A4 case for support describing the proposed project, and a 1-side A4 CV of the student.
  • The case for support should include the name and department of the supervisor, the name and student number of the student, name of university where student is currently attending, fee status and the proposed duration of the project.
  • Deadline for applications is Monday 19th April 2021, 9am.  Proposal and CV should be combined into one PDF document and emailed to Prof Giovanna Tinetti (g.tinetti@ucl.ac.uk) and Mrs Kay Nakum (k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk).
  • Successful applicants will be notified in May 2021.


PhD projects and Internships opportunities 

PhD projects and Internships opportunities will be advertised on UCL ROME.