Student opportunitites

PhD Opportunities

‌Interested in a PhD in Astrophysics for October 2022 entry? 

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

The Astrophysics Group PhD Open Day was held remotely on Wednesday 19th January 2022

Please see Phd Open Day 2022 presentation pdf  : View Open day content (pdf)

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 16 February 2022 - 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 in the 02nd March 2022 (or near this date for candidates unavailable  2 March), offers will be 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 3-5 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 the list of projects offered for 2022 entry.  More may be added.

Information for current PhD students

PG lecture courses

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: 

Ellie Gleave  ( Room 1003 Tel 47543 & Kimeel Sooknunan ( Rooms 1014

Astro PG Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Pritchard
Room 1018c Blackett, email  tel 47557

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

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

Current Students
StudentResearch AreaSupervisor/s
 Tom Andradi-Brown    High-redshift quasars in Euclid Prof Stephen Warren, Dr Daniel Mortlock
 Joe Cairns Far-Infrared Luminous Galaxies in Galaxy and Cluster Evolution Dr David Clements                                
 Tze-An (Blake) Chang        Dr Yvonne Unruh                                
 Daniel Cummins Planet formation Dr James Owen                 
 Alfred Curry Interior and Surface Physics of Hot, Evaporating Rocky Exoplanets Dr Subhanjoy Mohanty                             
 Yifan Ding High redshift dusty star forming galaxies Dr David Clements                
 Eleanor Gleave Cosmology from the Cosmic Microwave Background with the Simons Observator Prof Andrew Jaffe                                
 Laura Harbach Origin and evolution of exoplanet secondary atmospheres Dr Subhanjoy Mohanty, Dr James Owen                         
 Ian Hothi Advancing foreground removal techniques and calibration methods for the next generation of radio telescopes Dr Emma Chapman, Dr Jonathan Pritchard                     
 Yordan Ignatov               Astrophysics and cosmology from the epoch of reionization with SKA and REACH Dr Jonathan Pritchard                                 
 Luke Johnson Modelling stellar variability Dr Yvonne Unruh                                
 George Kyriacou Redshift distributions for Weak Lensing Tomography Prof Andrew Jaffe, Prof Alan Heavens & Dr Florent Leclercq                          
 Richard Laithwaite The largest sample of brown dwarfs Prof Stephen Warren                                
 Lena Lenz Searching for the most distant quasars Dr Daniel Mortlock , Dr Boris Leistedt                          
 Lucas Makinen          Prof Alan Heavens                                 
 Andrew Martin Cosmology from the Cosmic Microwave Background with the Simons Observat Prof Andrew Jaffe                
 William Martin  The first quasars and super-massive black holes Dr Daniel Mortlock                                
 Ayushi Parmar   Dusty Star-Forming Galaxies Across Cosmic Time Dr David Clements       
 Francesco Petri     Cosmology Dr Boris Leistedt , Dr Daniel Mortlock 
 James Prideaux-Ghee Bayesian analysis of the dynamic Universe  Dr Florent Leclercq , Prof Alan Heavens 
 Wahidur Rahman Placing Constraints on Anisotropic Expansion with Type Ia Supernovae and improving Cosmological Parameter Estimation with Bayesian Hierarchical Models Prof Roberto Trotta          
 Alfie Robinson Protoplanetary Disc Structure and Evolution Dr James Owen                              
 James Rogers Exoplanet atmospheric evolutio Dr James Owen 
Ethan Schreyer   Dr James Owen 
 Kimeel Sooknunan  Applications of Machine Learning to 21cm Cosmology Dr Daniel Mortlock,  Dr Jonathan Pritchard, Dr Emma Chapman
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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 2021 this ends on 30 June so the earliest date an internship can be considered for summer 2021 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 funding possibilities include the RAS internship schemes.

Register your interest in a UROP placement in the group

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.


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.