Research degrees and studentships

We are looking for suitably motivated and qualified individuals who wish to undertake postgraduate research in astrophysics leading to either the PhD or MSc degree. We also offer, if resources allow, part-time PhDs.

In this round, PhD projects are being offered in the following research areas. PhD places are 3.5 years full time. Click each link to view a short abstract of the projects offered within that area. Priority will be given to applications received by 18 Sept 2020. We expect that successful candidates will start in early 2021 (although there may be some flexibility in start dates).

The studentships in this round are open to UK students, EU students (who may or may not be currently resident within the UK) and to overseas (non-EU) students. Applicants must hold, or expect to have been awarded by the starting date, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. physics, astrophysics, mathematics, computer science). In practice in CAR we would normally expect applicants to hold an undergraduate Masters degree (MPhys/MSci) or a masters-level postgraduate qualification, or to be able to demonstrate significant relevant professional experience gained outside academia. The University also expects overseas applicants to have an IELTS (English proficiency) score of normally 6.5 or above.

Self-funded and Part-time PhD

Suitably qualified candidates may also register as self-funded full-time or part-time PhD students, contingent on sufficient resources being available and research staff commitments. Applications are considered on an individual basis and may be made at any time. Potential applicants should contact Prof Sugata Kaviraj, postgraduate admissions tutor, for advice on qualifications, fees, possible research projects and working arrangements. Self-funded PhD students can apply for a government loan

MSc by Research

We also offer an MSc by Research degree which can be taken either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years). Students who enrol in this programme will gain a training in research methods and have the opportunity to work on a substantial research project under the supervision of a member of the research staff. As with the PhD, assessment is through submission of a thesis documenting the research project and a viva voce examination. Students are responsible for the payment of fees and living expenses, although a Brian May Scholarship in Astronomy, worth £ 2000, is awarded each year. The minimum entry requirement is a lower second class honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics or Computer Science. Entrance is not automatic at this level and we will be particularly interested in any previous research or other relevant experience that you may have. Applications are welcome up until June 2020 for entry in October 2020. Potential applicants should contact us for advice on qualifications, fees and further information.

How to apply :

To apply, a completed application form, along with two letters of reference, should be returned (by post or email) to Emma Thorogood at the address below, by the closing date. You should arrange for your referees to write separately using the form provided or send their reference via email to Emma Thorogood.

The application form can be downloaded on this link or can be requested from Emma Thorogood.

Prospective candidates should contact Prof Sugata Kaviraj for advice on making their application or for further information and are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly for more details about specific projects.

ApplicationsEnquiries

Emma Thorogood

Research Student Admissions
Doctoral College
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield
Herts
AL10 9AB

Tel: 01707 286083

Fax: 01707 284185

doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk

Prof Sugata Kaviraj

Postgraduate Tutor
School of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane
Hatfield
Herts
AL10 9AB

Tel: 01707 284223

Fax: 01707 284185

s.kaviraj@herts.ac.uk