Please find below on this page the current list of our key reseach themes and key academic advisors, along with examples of PhD projects.
This PhD project list is illustrative, not exhaustive. All projects can be tailored to the interests of individual students. Self-funded shorter projects suitable for the 1-year MSc by research degree are also available. For further information please contact individual group members.
Applications for self-funded places can be considered at any time in the year. In all cases, a completed application is necessary for us to consider you for interview. The applications are submitted through 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. This form might not be compatible with mobile-based operating systems or some old MacBooks; in these cases please use a shared PC (e.g. at a university or local library).
Key staff: Gänsicke, Marsh, Steeghs, Tremblay
Our main interest is the study of compact stellar remnants, both single and in interacting binaries. We pursue population studies using large surveys, precision studies with custom high-time resolution instruments as well as detailed theoretical modeling.
3D Model Atmospheres of White Dwarfs (Tremblay)
Observational Population Studies of White Dwarf Binaries (Gänsicke)
Accreting Neutron Stars and Black Holes (Steeghs)
Key staff: Bayliss, Brogi, Gänsicke, Pollacco, Tremblay, Veras, West, Wheatley
Our exoplanetary activities include observation, instrumentation and theory. We are actively engaged in detecting and characterising exoplanetary systems across the full spectrum of size (gas giant, ice giant, super-Earth, terrestrial, asteroidal, dust), time (formation & evolution, main-sequence, post-main-sequence) and host-star characteristics (M stars, G stars, white dwarfs, binaries). We study planetary atmospheres, composition, habitability and dynamics.
Discovery and characterisation of Neptunes and super-Earths with the Next Generation Transit Survey (Pollacco, West, Wheatley)
Discovery and characterisation of transiting exoplanets from K2 and TESS (Bayliss)
Composition and wind dynamics of hot Jupiter atmospheres using transmission spectroscopy (Wheatley, Brogi)
X-ray irradiation and evaporation of close-in exoplanets (Wheatley)
Planet destruction around giant branch and white dwarf stars (Veras)
Physical evolution of exo-asteroids under intense radiation (Veras)
Protoplanetary and Debris Disks
Key sfaff: Kennedy, Meru, Veras
Hydrodynamical simulations of planets interacting with circumstellar disks (Meru)
Evolution of planetary debris discs around white dwarfs (Veras)
Key staff: Levan, Stanway
Star formation in the early Universe (Stanway)
Modelling Distant Galaxies (Stanway)
Gamma-Ray Bursts & Transients
Key staff: Levan, Stanway, Steeghs
We have an interest in exotic and energetic transients where we chase the transients themselves as well as the host galaxies they occur in. Of particular interest are short gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events and electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources. For the latter, the group is leading the deployment of the GOTO robotic telescope.
The Nature of Short Duration Gamma-ray Bursts (Levan)
Host Galaxies of Cosmic Explosions (Levan & Stanway)
If you are interested in a PhD or MSc place in Astronomy at Warwick, and would like further information, please get directly in touch with the relevant staff member.
To make an application, 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. This form might not be compatible with mobile-based operating systems or some old MacBooks; in these cases please use a shared PC (e.g. at a university or local library).