CENTA Application Deadline: 10 January 2024 – further details on our CENTA page.
STFC Application deadline: 19 January 2024 – further details on our STFC page.
Start date: 23 September 2024
The School of Physics and Astronomy offer PhD projects for September 2024 entry. Astrophysics and Planetary Science PhDs are funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and UK Space Agency (UKSA). Earth Observation PhDs are funded by the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA). Visit our PhD pages for links to all of these opportunities, and all should also be listed on FindAPhD.
Refer to the How to Apply section below before using the application button at the bottom of the page to apply
Professor Martin Barstow White dwarfs, planetary debris and fundamental physics (word doc 314 kb) (.pdf 307 kb) (.pdf307 kb)
Dr Michael Goad Testing the standard model for accretion (word doc 187 kb) (.pdf 896 kb)
Dr Paul McMillan The disturbances of the outer Milky Way (word doc 1,181 kb) (.pdf 490 kb)
Professor Sergei Nayakshin The outer bound of planet formation (word doc 519 kb) (.pdf 214 kb)
Dr Rhaana Starling Astrophysical transient searches with LOFAR (word doc 482 kb) (.pdf 322 kb)
Professor Nial Tanvir Probing the high redshift universe with gamma-ray bursts ( word doc 523 kb) (.pdf 366 kb)
Planetary Science Projects
Professor Leigh Fletcher Exploring Giant Planet Atmospheres with JWST (word doc 1,207 kb) (.pdf 1,207 kb)
Professor Jonathan Nichols Modelling the upper atmospheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets (word doc 39 kb) (.pdf 148 kb)
Professor Ian Hutchinson Using Raman Spectroscopy to Assess the Habitability of Oxia Planum (UKSA-funded)
Space Instrumentation Projects
Dr Adrian Martindale X-ray Interferometry: Preparing for a revolution in astronomy (word doc 1,869 kb) (.pdf 453 kb)
Earth Observation Projects
Dr Josh Vande Hey: Mission to Understand Emissions: How can we assess air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from space today to shape the science and policies of tomorrow? (word doc 361kb) (.pdf 370 kb)
Professor Tim Yeoman: Coordinated ground and space-based exploration of the cusp ionosphere. (word doc 335 kb) (.pdf 490 kb)