Institute for Astronomy

PhD Projects 2023

PhD Research Projects on offer at the IfA

At the Institute for Astronomy we study every astronomical scale from the solar system right up to the large-scale structure of the Universe.  Listed below you will find the wide range of PhD projects that are on offer for entry in September 2023.   You will also find some short videos from each supervisor that introduce each project.

When you apply for a PhD place at the IfA, you must select a minimum of 2 unique supervisors, and a maximum of 4 projects in total from this list.  Those invited for a video interview will be given the opportunity to also meet their selected supervisors virtually.   After the interview days have concluded,  we will make offers matched to a specific project and supervisor.


Active Galactic Nuclei Projects

Astronomical Instrumentation Projects

Computational Astrophysics Projects

Cosmology Projects

Exoplanets Projects

Galaxy Formation & Evolution Projects

Milky Way & Local Group Projects

Solar System