The Astrophysics Group offers PhD studentships for research projects in astrophysics, leading to a PhD degree from the University of Bristol. The Group offers a certain number of studentships funded by STFC or the University to suitably-qualified students (usually with a first class or upper second class degree). While the number of such studentships is necessarily limited, the Group may also take well-qualified self-funded students.
The deadline for applications for our STFC-funded studentships is usually in early February, but students wishing to be considered for a University of Bristol Science Faculty scholarship, which provides a fully-funded PhD studentship, should submit their applications as early as possible. The strongest applicants for all studentships will be invited for a visit and interview day, usually in late February or early March. To apply, use our on-line application form, and for more information contact Dr Andy Young.
PhD students carry out independent research under the direction of a member of academic staff in one of the group's areas of research interest, and the degree is awarded on the basis of examination of a thesis after three and a half years.
Examples of possible PhD research programmes are given below, along with the names of potential supervisors. Click on the headings for more details:
The Astrophysics Group has a thriving programme for research masters degrees (MSc) for self-funded students. Masters students carry out an independent research project with support from a member of academic staff which is assessed on the basis of the examination of a thesis after one year of research and up to two years of writing up (part time study is also possible). Students are expected to attend advanced undergraduate and postgraduate lecture courses in relevant subjects, and follow courses of directed reading, but the emphasis of the programme is on research rather than the taught element.
Some funding for the MSc may be available through the University of Bristol Science Faculty scholarships. These are very competitive and interested applicants should contact us as soon as possible.
Projects are available in all of our research areas, several possible/recent MSc projects are given below: