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. 

Below are some examples of the projects that were on offer for 2017:

  • The structure and composition of planet-forming discs
  • (Exo)planet climatology
  • Evolution & dynamic environments of sun-like stars
  • The study of stellar rotation with fully compressible hydrodynamic simulations
  • The inner-most astronomical unit of protoplanetary discs
  • Theoretical modelling of planet formation

Please check back later in the year for opportunities available in 2018.

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.