Research course

Astrophysics

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Physics and Astronomy
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Based at the historic Royal Observatory Edinburgh, the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) is one of the world’s leading centres in astronomical research.

We share our picturesque base on Blackford Hill with the UK Astronomy Technology Centre (ATC) – the UK’s leading astronomical instrument maker – so as a postgraduate student you will be joining a vibrant community of specialists.

Current areas of research include:

  • cosmology (large-scale structure in the universe, galaxy formation, dark matter and dark energy)
  • active galactic nuclei and related objects
  • nearby galaxies (large-scale star formation, structure, content and evolution of galaxies)
  • stellar astronomy (parallax and proper motion studies, the stellar luminosity function, symbiotic stars)
  • star formation (observation and theoretical studies, star formation in external galaxies)
  • planet formation (disc and planet formation in protostars, discs around pre-main-sequence stars)
  • computational astrophysics (through the Edinburgh Centre for Computational Astrophysics)

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/postgraduate


Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate School Secretary
Email
gradschool@ph.ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 131 650 5273