The University's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) – one of the leading cosmology and astrophysics centres in the UK. We're active participants in a wide range of international collaborations, including the Dark Energy Survey (DES), the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV) and Euclid.
The ICG is also a member of the SouthEast Physics Network (SEPNet), a consortium of nine world-class universities in the southeast of England. Our post-graduate students have the opportunity to engage with the SEPNet Graduate Network (GRADNet). By channelling this broad research expertise into one central, combined resource, GRADNet provides a wide range of postgraduate training opportunities, including specialised schools and student-led workshops and conferences.
PhD studentships starting in October 2021 will be available for research in:
- Gravitational lensing
- Transients and supernovae
- Active Galactic Nuclei
- Galaxy evolution
- Stellar population modelling
- Very early Universe
- Dark energy
- Testing gravity on cosmological scales
- Large scale structure
- Gravitational Waves
- Origin and evolution of the first supermassive black holes
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences
The entry requirements for a PhD includes a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.
If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
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