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Astrophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 118 Astrophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

A PhD in Astrophysics will give you the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of our cosmos. Whether you are interested in dark matter and dark energy, evolution of galaxies or how stars are formed, you will be aiming to improve our knowledge of the great space beyond our planet.

What's it like to study a PhD in Astrophysics?

Doing a PhD in Astrophysics, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans observational, theoretical and experimental projects. You will work with your supervisor, university and experts in the field to answer some of the biggest research questions pulsar astronomy, solar physics, galactic astrophysics and instrument development.

Some typical research topics in Astrophysics include: 

  • cosmology
  • active galactic nuclei and related objects
  • nearby galaxies
  • stellar astronomy
  • star formation
  • planet formation

Typical Astrophysics PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. As well as undertaking research training within your department, you will also attend external meetings and conferences and may be submitting research posters as your research develops.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam. 

PhD in Astrophysics entry requirements  

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Astrophysics usually involves 2:1 Masters degree or a first degree Bachelors and Masters degree in a related subject such as Astronomy, Physics, or Astrophysics. Research experience will also be taken into consideration if you don’t quite meet the Masters degree requirement. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans.

PhD in Astrophysics funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Astrophysics are funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.


It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Astrophysics (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.  

PhD in Astrophysics careers

You may choose to continue your research in your chosen area at a university, or work with the commercial sector, sharing your knowledge and expertise.

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Theoretical Astroparticle Physics

The Theoretical Particle Physics group at Royal Holloway University of London is offering a funded PhD studentship in the field of astroparticle theory with a focus on utilising Quantum Sensors in the search for dark matter. Read more

Machine learning for studying supernovae

Supernovae are the explosive deaths of certain types of star at the ends of their lives. They play an important role in the Universe, being the key distributors of heavy elements. Read more

Astrophysical transient searches with LOFAR

·       The low frequency radio regime is a relatively unexplored parameter space rich in information concerning extreme astrophysical phenomena, particularly those in which magnetic fields play a key role like magnetars (highly magnetic neutron stars) and relativistic jets launched by black holes and compact object mergers. Read more

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