Postgraduate research opportunities in astrophysics

The Exeter astrophysics group is one of the leading, and largest, groups in the UK for studying star formation and extra-solar planets. 

For 2018 we are offering several fully funded PhD studentships. The projects available for 2018 are:

The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd January 2018. Applications received before this date will receive full consideration. We expect to hold interviews at the beginning of March.

To apply for one of our PhD positions please follow our advice on the apply page. You may also wish to read about the funding opportunities available to you.

If you have any general questions regarding our PhD opportunities please contact us.

If you have any general questions regarding our PhD opportunities please contact us .


Why choose to study an astrophysics PhD at Exeter? 

  • Exeter astrophysics has been particularly successful recently in both STFC and EU funding.  The group has been awarded eight prestigious ERC grants, funding a number of Postdoc and PhD positions.
  • £1.3million investment from the University for research into extrasolar planets.  
  • Opportunity to work with experts at the forefront of their fields of research.
  • Exeter astrophysics is continuously expanding, branching into new and upcoming areas of astrophysics such as exoplanet atmospheres, the galactic interstellar medium and stellar magneto-hydrodynamics.
  • Opportunities to use telescopes in places such as Hawaii and Chile.
  • Opportunity to travel to conferences around the world to present research.
  • Access to the £1million supercomputer at Exeter and the UK DiRAC high performace computing facilities.
  • Many PhD students go on to do postdoctoral research.
  • As well as being a thriving university city, Exeter is also situated in one of the most attractive parts of the UK, with Dartmoor National Park and the South Devon coast less than an hour away.