Postgraduate opportunities

Below you will find information on our PhD Studentships, and our MSc by Research programme.

PhD Studentships

The Astrophysics Group offers PhD studentships for research projects in astrophysics, leading to a PhD degree from the University of Bristol. The Group offers studentships funded by STFC or the University. While the number of such studentships is necessarily limited, the Group may also take well-qualified self-funded students.

We encourage applications from any suitably-qualified students (usually with a first class or upper second class degree in Physics or a related subject) from the UK or overseas. The strongest applicants 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 send us an email.

For information on funding, see this link. In particular, note that there is the possibility of University funding for exceptionally well qualified overseas students. If you are interested in applying for University funding, please apply on-line in the usual way, and in the 'Funding' section of your application form please select 'Other' and state in the text box that you are applying for a 'Physics Overseas Scholarship'. To qualify for this funding for overseas students, your application should be submitted by the end of January 2018, but please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your application. There are additional studentships available for Chinese students, as described here. For these Chinese scholarships, the deadline is 15th January 2018, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are planning to apply.

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:

MSc by Research

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.

Projects are available in all of our research areas, several possible/recent MSc projects are given below:

Who to contact:

If you are interested in any of our postgraduate opportunities, send us an email.

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