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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.

Current funded opportunities

Below is a list of some of the projects that were available to apply for to start in 2020:

  • The formation and evolution of discs around young stars
  • Numerical simulations of stellar cluster formation and evolution
  • Modelling the atmospheres of terrestrial exoplanets
  • Breaking the stellar activity barrier to determining robust masses of small exoplanets
  • Modelling the formation of planetary building blocks
  • Watching as the planets form
  • Tracing the physics of the interstellar medium with evolved dust grains
  • Imaging the dynamical processes in the inner regions of protoplanetary discs
  • Looking for Earth's twin planet

How to apply

The deadline for online applications has now passed. Please check back later in the year for opportunities starting in 2021.

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

You may also wish to read about the funding opportunities available to you.

Why choose to study an Astrophysics PhD at Exeter?

Funding and investment

  • 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.

Research expertise

  • 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.

Development opportunities

  • Use telescopes in places such as Hawaii and Chile.
  • Travel to conferences around the world to present research.
  • Access the £1million supercomputer at Exeter and the UK DiRAC high performace computing facilities.
  • Many PhD students go on to do postdoctoral research.

A fantastic location

  • 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.

Hear from our past PhD researchers about their time at Exeter