Information for students

This page provides information about postgraduate admissions, undergraduate summer placements and work experience.

Postgraduate Courses in Astrophysics

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.  Answers to frequently asked questions about study here and the application process can be found via the links on the right of this page.



Interested in a PhD in Astrophysics for October 2016 entry?


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


The Department of Physics Open Day will be held on Wednesday 9th December 2015. Information about the College event can be found here - and information about the Department event can be found here -


The Astrophysics Open Day will be held on 13th January 2016 from 15.00 - 17.30 in Blackett 1004 (level 10). Please register by emailing the Group admin office astro@ null 



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 2016 - 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 astro@ null Interviews will be held on 2 and 3 March 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 PhD Scholarships. If you are interested in applying for one of these please contact us as soon as possible.


A PhD normally takes 3.5 years to complete. We accept around 2-3 PhD students each year, mainly funded by STFC. Please see the STFC website to check your eligibility for these.