If you're ready to take your knowledge and interest in Cosmology and Astrophysics into a postgraduate research degree, there's no better place than Portsmouth.
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.
Funded PhD studentship opportunities
PhD studentships starting in October 2021 will be available for research in:
Transients and supernovae
Active Galactic Nuclei
Stellar population modelling
Very early Universe
Testing gravity on cosmological scales
Large scale structure
Origin and evolution of the first supermassive black holes
There is no formal closing date, but applicants are advised to submit by the end of January, particularly if you are seeking financial support. Interviews for these studentships take place in February / March for entry in October. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.
PhD applicants should have or expect to obtain a good honours degree or equivalent in Physics, Maths or Astronomy. Applicants should express interest by sending a CV and a brief statement of research interests, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted to:
Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
Dennis Sciama Building
Portsmouth PO1 3FX, UK
Formal applications should be made through the University Application Form.
We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications are particularly encouraged from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The University of Portsmouth holds an Athena SWAN bronze award and is an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter; these projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.
Support and facilities
As a postgraduate student, you can work with the SouthEast Physics Network (SEPNet), a consortium of nine universities in the southeast of England. SEPNet channels research expertise into one central, combined resource, and gives you postgraduate training opportunities, including student-led workshops and conferences.
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
You'll also have access to the exceptional facilities within our Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) – including our SCIAMA supercomputer.
What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career
Once your postgraduate research degree is complete, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification tells potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.