MSSL is at the forefront of space science research and space instrumentation development. We work closely with international collaborators in academic institutions, major space agencies and industry partners such as NASA, ESA, JAXA and Astrium.
Former students have pursued successful careers in academia, industry, government-funded research, public policy and engagement, teaching, finance and IT.
Our PhD students of the Space and Climate Physics MPhil/PhD course at University College London (UCL) develop skills in public speaking, analytical techniques, innovation and motivation that make them highly attractive to potential employers. The close contact that the Laboratory enjoys with Space Agencies such as ESA and NASA, and with industrial research teams also encourages the development of transferrable skills such as project management which enhance job prospects post-PhD, both in academic circles and beyond. While over 50% of past MSSL PhD students still work in the field in which they did their PhD studies, many others have found employment in related disciplines.
The Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), UCL's Department of Space and Climate Physics, is the largest University-based space science group in the UK. Offering a unique environment, with scientists at the forefront of space science research working alongside top engineers building and testing instruments for space.
- Astrophysics: cosmology; galaxy formation and evolution; active galactic nuclei; gamma-ray; neutron stars and magnetars; exoplanet
- Theory: theoretical and computational astrophysics of systems from planets, the sun, stars and galaxies to the universe and their associated radiative and dynamical processes
- Imaging: automated 3D vision and applications; spectro-fluorescence and isotopologue imaging for life detection; data mining for planetary surface change detection; climate change from ECVs
- Planetary science: plasma interaction processes; giant planet magnetospheres; plasma at Mars, Venus, Titans, moons and comets; dust-plasma interactions; ionospheres; surfaces and atmospheres from rovers
- Solar physics: solar activity and its consequences within the solar system; emergence and evolution of solar magnetic fields; solar eruptions; solar wind formation
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DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences Climate Studies & Meteorology View 18 other PhDs in Astronomy & Space Sciences in United Kingdom
- An upper second-class Bachelor’s degree, or a second-class Bachelor’s degree together with an MSc from a UK university in a relevant subject, or an overseas equivalent qualification.
- English proficiency
- If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.
International25730 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25730 GBP per year during 36 months.
National5690 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.
Part-time tuition fees:
- UK: £2,845/year
- Overseas: £12,850/year
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