Student opportunitites

PhD Opportunities

Interested in a PhD in Astrophysics for October 2021 entry?


Come along to an open day to find out more about us.

The Astrophysics Group PhD Open Day will be held remotely on Wednesday 20th January 2021 from 3 - 5pm, with talks from 3 - 4pm and with staff on hand to answer questions and discuss projects afterwards.  Please register by email to

Most of our PhD applications are for STFC funded places, so we set up formal deadlines for applications and dates for interviews. The application deadline for STFC funded places is 10 February 2021 - please note that it can take several weeks for your application to reach us from Registry, if you are submitting within a couple of weeks before the deadline please send a copy of your application directly to us via

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th March 2021 with offers made shortly after.

If you are an overseas candidate who would need funding please contact us asap as many deadlines for funding are early. This is particularly true for the Imperial College President's PhD Scholarships. If you are interested in applying for one of these please contact us as soon as possible.


Applications must be made online via the Postgraduate Prospectus. You are strongly encouraged to contact our staff members to discuss potential projects before making your application.  For further information please see frequently asked questions. Find out more about the application process.  


A PhD normally takes 3.5 years to complete. We accept around 3-4 PhD students each year, mainly funded by STFC. Please see the STFC website to check your eligibility for these.

Find out more about Imperial College PhD Scholarship opportunities and further information on postgraduate fees and funding.

PhD Projects

View a list of projects offered for 2021 entry.  These will be added to in December.

Information for current PhD students

PG lecture courses

Postgraduate lectures for the academic year 2014/15 will start in January 2015. These will consist of a series of 6-unit lectures that aim to provide an introduction to a number of contemporary topics in astrophysics. The programme for this year will be posted on this page nearer the time.

In addition, the Graduate School offers a range of transferable skills courses. All postgraduate students will need to attend a minimum set of these in order to progress.

Welfare & questions

Physics Department PG pages - for procedural timetable, forms and PG information from the College and Physics Department

Astro PG representative: Rhys Barnett
Room 1014, email, tel 47530

Astro PG Coordinator: Dr Yvonne Unruh
Room 1114, email, tel 47560

Physics Department PG Advisor: Dr Arnaud Czaja
Room 726 Huxley,, tel 41789

Physics Department PG Administrator: Loli Sanchez
Room 316,, tel 47512

Current students 

StudentProject title/research areaSupervisor 

Justin Alsing

  Prof Alan Heavens Prof Andrew Jaffe
Rhys Barnett   Prof Steve Warren  
Tai-An Cheng   Dr Dave Clements  
Ciaran Conneely   Prof Andrew Jaffe  
Jasmine Finer   Dr Daniel Mortlock  
Josh Greenslade   Dr Dave Clements  
Sebastian Hoof   Dr Roberto Trotta  Dr Pat Scott
Daniel Jones   Prof Alan Heavens  
Alexander Khanin   Prof Steve Warren  Dr Daniel Mortlock
James McKay   Dr Pat Scott  Dr Roberto Trotta
Charlotte Norris   Dr Yvonne Unruh  
Hik Shariff   Dr Roberto Trotta  





We do not currently offer an Astrophysics Master's course, only PhDs (postgraduate research degrees). However, the Physics Department does offer other Master's courses.

Information for Undergraduates

Summer Internships

Summer Internships can only start after the summer teaching term has ended. In 2017 this ends on 30 June so the earliest date an internship can be considered for summer 2017 is 3 July.

Earlier dates are not possible because of staff UG teaching commitments.

The Astrophysics group does not have any internal funds to pay for summer internships. You must therefore seek funding yourself. If you are an Imperial student this might be via the UROP scheme. Other fuding possibilities include the RAS internship schemes.

Imperial College UG Research Opportunities

Find out more about the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme.

Other UG Opportunities

Opportunities arise outside Imperial College for UGs to undertake research activities in astrophysics. These are listed here as and when they become available.

Gemini Internships

Work experience: placement opportunities for school students

The Physics Department at Imperial College has a central scheme for work placement students from schools. If you are interested in seeing what the work of a physics department, including the astrophysics group, is like during a placement, you can find out more on the Physics Outreach pages.