To apply for a PhD or MSc place in our group please complete the on-line forms linked from our Physics postgraduate admissions pages. Be sure to state clearly that you are interested in a place in the Astronomy and Astrophysics research group.
A number of fully-funded and self-funded PhD studentships are available each year within the Astronomy and Astrophysics group. We usually have funded places available for both home and overseas students. The department also offers self-funded MSc by research post-graduate degrees. If you are interested please contact us. You can contact staff members directly, or use our online PhD enquiries form. Applications should be made online via the main physics postgraduate admissions pages. Application deadlines for funded places are usually in January and February for studentships beginning in October. Applications for self-funded places can be considered at any time in the year.
We work in areas of both galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, the main themes of our research being the study of accreting compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black-holes) in binary stars and the evolution of these systems, extra-solar planetary systems and gamma-ray bursts and the high-redshift Universe. A common theme of all of our work is variability and time-resolved observations and we are involved in instrumentation developments to push the boundaries of high-speed astronomical observations.
We list a number of example PhD projects below. The list is illustrative, not exhaustive. Projects in other areas of astrophysics are also possible and all projects can be tailored to the interests of individual students. Shorter projects suitable for the 1-year MSc by research degree are also available. For further information feel free to contact individual group members.
Possible PhD projects include:
- Extra-solar Planets in Binary/Multiple star systems and the architecture of exoplanetary systems Supervisor: Don Pollacco
- X-ray Space Telescope Observations of Accretion in Binary Stars Supervisor: Peter Wheatley
- 3D Model Stmospheres of White Dwarfs Supervisor: Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay