Our international reputation for research makes this an ideal place to pursue a research degree, whether as preparation for a research career in industry or as the start of an academic career.
The Department offers a wide range of PhD opportunities which cover the full range of aerospace-related fields as well as those relevant to the environment, energy and health care.
Joint PhD programme
The Department also offers a new joint PhD programme with the University of Sao Paulo. Find out more about the joint programme.
Research areas in the Department
Graduates with (or who expect to gain) a good upper-second or first-class honours degree in an Engineering, Mathematics or Physics discipline may be accepted for a PhD.
Please check the College entry requirements carefully before applying.
Fees / Funding
The Department has a limited number of three-year studentships, covering both bursaries and fees, which are available every year for UK citizens and EU citizens who have ordinarily been resident in the UK throughout the three-year period preceding the date of application. Please see our PhD opportunities.
The Department has limited funding for overseas students. However, we recommend that you consult the College scholarships page for details of any funding that may be available for you to apply to.
How to apply
Applications for PhD study may be made at any time, but most students apply between November and April. Early application is recommended, especially in view of scholarship deadlines.
Prospective students are advised to follow the following steps:
- Consult our research pages to decide which area you would like to work in and with which potential supervisor. Contact your potential supervisor(s) to find out what research opportunities or funding they may have available.
- Apply online. Please ensure to include the name of your potential supervisor and the research topic on your application form, otherwise your application will not be processed.
- Your application form will be circulated to the relevant supervisor within the Department
- Interview of applicant by supervisor plus one further member of academic staff (if not already arranged)
- The supervisor's decision will be sent to the Registry Admissions Office for processing. (Please note that all offers of PhD positions in the Department of Aeronautics are subject to formal approval by the Director of Postgraduate Research).
- You will be notified of the result of your application via email from the College Registry. It can take 6 - 8 weeks for PhD applications to be processed.