Interested in a PhD in Astrophysics for October 2020 entry?
Come along to an open day to find out more about us.
The Astrophysics Group PhD Open Day will be held on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 from 3 - 5pm, with talks from 3 - 4pm, on the South Kensington Campus, in the Room 1004 (Level 10), Blackett Laboratory, Prince Consort Road, followed by tea and discussions. Please register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are local, you can use the sign up sheets on her office door (316 Blackett). The nearest tube stations to the college are South Kensington and Gloucester Road (both 10 minutes walk).
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 2019 - 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 email@example.com.
Interviews will be held on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March 2020 (NOTE change of dates) with offers made shortly after, (if you know that you will have difficulty with these interview dates please let us know as soon as possible).
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.
View a list of projects offered for 2020 entry. These will be added to during November and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 47530
Astro PG Coordinator: Dr Yvonne Unruh
Room 1114, email email@example.com, tel 47560
Physics Department PG Advisor: Dr Arnaud Czaja
Room 726 Huxley, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 41789
Physics Department PG Administrator: Loli Sanchez
Room 316, email@example.com, tel 47512
|Student||Project title/research area||Supervisor|
|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 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.
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.