PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Astronomy

Explore the extragalactic with our world-leading faculty. Our research interests focus on:

  • testing cosmological models
  • physics of the early universe
  • large-scale structure: galaxy surveys and numerical simulations
  • very high-redshift galaxies and reionisation
  • galaxy formation and evolution.

Supercomputers and overseas telescopes – whether you’re a theoretical astronomer or work on an observational project, you’ll have access to world-leading facilities, international collaborations and a full combination of theoretical, numerical and observational techniques.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us at mpsresearchsupport@sussex.ac.uk

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

The cosmology group at Sussex is large and very well connected. There are many opportunities to collaborate with other institutes and universities.”Mateja Gosenca
Astronomy PhD

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

Entry requirements

A first- or an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject: physics, astronomy or mathematics.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

Marie-Curie Visiting PhD fellowship on the modelling and computation of shocks and interfaces (2017)

A limited term Visiting fellowship for a UK or EU fellow, with living allowance and fee waiver.

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the Marie-Curie Visiting PhD fellowship on the modelling and computation of shocks and interfaces

PhD Studentship in Molecular Physics (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship in Molecular Physics

PhD studentship in Ultrafast Photonics within the European Research Council (ERC) project TIMING (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 May 2017

Find out more about the PhD studentship in Ultrafast Photonics within the European Research Council (ERC) project TIMING

PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £18,750 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.