UCL Astrophysics Group Postgraduate Admissions

The call for PhD applications for October 2015 is now closed. The web page below will be updated in September 2015.


The deadline for applications is 6th February 2015 for UK/EU students and 15 of January 2015 for overseas (see below why).

Below you will find information on how to apply and what projects we offer.

If you are an overseas student (not from EU), please make sure you read carefully the procedure for overseas studentship applications as well as the information below. Note that you will need to fill in two applications if you are overseas: the general UCL application form (see below) as well as the overseas studentship application. All the relevant information for the latter can be found here.

All PhD enquiries should be addressed to Professor Serena Viti (PhD AT star.ucl.ac.uk) but it's likely that most of your queries will be answered in these pages so please read on....

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 - note that if you would like to apply for a PhD at MSSL you need to go to their website as they are a separate department and they have a separate application form.). Research in both Departments was rated 5 in the last national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and encompasses a wide range of topics including atmospheric physics, space-plasma physics, solar and solar-terrestrial physics, planetary sciences, extrasolar planets, stellar astrophysics, star formation, galactic astrophysics, galaxies and Active Galactic Nuclei, gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars, cosmology, and neutrino astrophysics, as well as underpinning theory, and instrument development.

While these two Departments are distinct, there is much interaction between them resulting from common interests; these overlaps are developed further through the UCL Institute of Origins and the UCL Centre for Planetary Sciences. Nevertheless, for a variety of administrative reasons, the postgraduate admissions procedures for the two Departments operate separately at a formal level so separate applications are required. In practice, this means that you should consider carefully to which Department you should apply (or, of course, you may submit applications to both!). Application details for postgraduate admissions to MSSL are given elsewhere.

The remainder of the information given here applies primarily to the Astrophysics Group in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, itself one of the largest research groups in the UK, with approximately 100 members of academic, research and support staff. We conduct research in atmospheric physics, instrument development, and most areas of astrophysics (including cosmology, galaxies, stellar astrophysics, star formation, and planetary sciences).

How to Apply and FAQs

Interviews and offers


Studentship availability and eligibility requirements

Sources of further Information

PhD projects on offer in 2015

Note: many of the links in the above pages should lead to web pages managed outside the Department. Important web pages may unilaterally be relocated from time to time; if any of links given below appear 'dead', please notify Prof. Viti (phd AT star.ucl.ac.uk).

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