UCL Astrophysics Group


Postgraduate Study

UCL hosts one of the largest communities in the UK researching astrophysics, space science, and related topics.

Studies are carried out in the Departments of both Physics & Astronomy and Space & Climate Physics (the latter at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, MSSL). Our research encompasses a wide range of topics including extrasolar planets, cosmology, star formation, galactic astrophysics, atmospheric physics, space-plasma physics, solar and solar-terrestrial physics, planetary sciences, galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars, and neutrino astrophysics. Research ranges across observations, theory and instrument development.

Information About PhD Programmes

The links below will direct you to specific information about PhD study with the UCL Astrophysics group who are based with the Department of Physics and Astronomy. For information about other programmes (including MSSL/Space and Climate Physics and the Centre for Doctoral Training), please refer to the table of information:


Please note that if you wish to apply for any of these other programmes listed in this table, a separate application will be required. The table also has contact details for the relevant programme tutors.

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Basic information about where to start with your application.

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Find out about studentships and other funding opportunities.

Special Instrumentation Studentship Now Available: A special studentship is currently  available, for preferable commencement in September / October 2020, for a student interested in "Modelling of the Performance of the Exo-Planet Characterising satellite ARIEL". The project is centred on the detailed optical modelling (with a good understanding of the underlying thermal aspects) of the satellite and its relation to the expected pointing performance of the spacecraft and how these affect the scientific output of ARIEL instruments throughout the mission. For more details, please see the Studenthships link above and contact Professor Giorgio Savini. (The student must be eligible for a UK STFC studentship).

PhD Opportunity in Milky Way Science and Galactic Dynamics: Applications are invited for a PhD position in Milky Way science and galactic dynamics at University College London. The successful applicant would work under the supervision of Dr. Jason Sanders on questions regarding the structure, history and evolution of our Galaxy. The main focus of Dr. Sanders' research is using large photometric, astrometric and spectroscopic datasets to characterise the dynamical structure of the Milky Way and in turn reveal its formation history. For more details, please see the Studenthships link above.

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How to apply

Find out about the application process, deadlines and requirements.

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

PhD Projects

Learn about the PhD projects on offer in our department.


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Sources of Further Information

Links to further information with regard to postgraduate study within the Astrophysics Group and related departments, and funding.