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 theme 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 also expect to offer at least one astrophysics PhD studentship as part of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & Advanced Computing. For all of our PhD studentships, please follow the application process below. 

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. Applications received by 11th February 2022 will be given full consideration (later applications may be considered if places are available). Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview and to meet our staff and students (usually in early or mid March). Please note that the application deadline and timescale for interviews may be revised in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and interviews and meetings may be held virtually.

For information on funding, please visit the Postgraduate Study - Fees and Funding page. 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 contact us as soon as possible to discuss your application. 

There are additional studentships available for Chinese students, as detailed on the China Scholarship Council page. For these Chinese scholarships, the application deadline is usually in mid to late January. You must specify that you wish to apply for the China Scholarship Council – University of Bristol Joint Scholarships Programme in your application form. Please contact us before this deadline to discuss your application. 

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.

PhD projects are usually available in all of our research areas, and specific projects will be presented as part of the interview process. Please feel free to email the staff members listed on our research pages to find out more about their research.

To apply for a PhD, please use our online application form, and select “Physics (PhD)” as the programme. At the top of your personal statement, please state clearly that you are applying for a PhD in astrophysics, and state which of our research areas you are interested in (you can list as many as you like). Please also state whether you wish to be considered for the STFC studentship, the Centre for Doctoral Training, or both. Please send us an email if you have any questions.

Who to contact

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

MSc by research

We have an active research masters programme 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 (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.

MSc projects are usually available in all of our research areas, and specific projects will be presented as part of the interview process. Please feel free to email the staff members listed on our research pages to find out more about their research. 

To apply for an MSc, please use our online application form, and select “Physics (MSc by research)” as the programme. At the top of your personal statement, please state clearly that you are applying for an MSc by research in astrophysics, and state which of our research areas you are interested in (you can list as many as you like). Please send us an email if you have any questions.

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