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Postgraduate research opportunities in Astrophysics

Current opportunities

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

Please check back later in the year when we will list projects available for entry in 2022.

How to apply

The application deadline to be considered for STFC-funded studentships in the astrophysics group (2021 entry) has now passed. We anticipate publishing a call for applications for 2022 entry in November/December 2021. 

Applicants who have external funding, or are self-funded, may continue to apply for admission to the PhD Physics programme, but are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors in advance of an application. For a listing of other opportunities available within the Physics department, and a description of the self-funded application route, please see our postgraduate study page.
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