Postgraduate research in Astrophysics

We are looking for suitably motivated and qualified individuals who wish to undertake postgraduate research in astrophysics leading to a PhD 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. Priority will be given to applications received by 1 February 2021. We expect that successful candidates will start in October 2021.

UH Research Studentships

These studentships are open to both UK and international students. A few of these studentships are available every year. Applicants must meet the same academic criteria as STFC students. The University also expects applicants to have an IELTS (English proficiency) score of normally 6.5 or above.

STFC Research Studentships

The Department of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics receives an annual allocation of postgraduate studentships funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for PhD research in Astrophysics. We expect to offer 3 full-time STFC studentships to start in October 2021. These full-time studentships are normally awarded for 3.5 years. The student receives an annual stipend (£15,285, tax free).

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 the Centre for Astrophysics Research 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. Applicants must also meet the eligibility requirements for STFC studentships, which are only open to UK residents.

How to apply:

To apply, a completed application form, along with copies of higher education certificates, transcripts, a copy of your passport and two letters of reference, should be returned by email to Lynette Spelman by the closing date. You should arrange for your referees to write separately using the form provided or send their reference via email to Lynette Spelman.

The application form can be downloaded on this link or can be requested from Lynette Spelman.

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.


Lynette Spelman

Research Student Admissions
Doctoral College
University of Hertfordshire

Tel: 01707 286083

Prof Sugata Kaviraj

Postgraduate Tutor
School of Physics, Astronomy & Mathematics
University of Hertfordshire

Tel: 01707 284223