PhD & Summer Projects
A list of available Astrophysics PhD projects at the University of St Andrews is provided on the website of the School of Physics and Astronomy. Please contact potential supervisors to find out more on whose projects you are interested in. For more information about the research done by the Astronomy Group visit the Research page.
Applications can be submitted online.
We encourage potential UK PhD students to apply before the 1st of February each year, to start in September of that year. International applications will be considered when positions with appropriate funding become available.
Each summer, staff within the department work with a small number of undergraduate students on individual research projects. These projects allow undergraduates to get a taste of the professional research that takes place here in St Andrews, along with developing key skills that will be of use both during and beyond their degree.
We accept students from St Andrews, the UK and internationally. If you’re interested, you will need to secure a project supervisor, and a source of funding. The School of Physics and Astronomy maintains an overview page on vacation placements, and potential sources of funding. Note that one common source of funding is the Royal Astronomical Society, who have a deadline of 15th February. Your prospective supervisor will need to submit an application on your behalf, so make sure you let them know you are interested well ahead of time!
Due to the nature of research, projects evolve and change with time. Therefore, if you are interested in working on a specific topic with a specific member of staff, it is best to contact them directly to see if any projects are available. For an idea of the type of projects on offer here in St Andrews, please see the list below. All email addresses are completed by ‘@st-andrews.ac.uk’
Supervisor: Christiane Helling
Supervisor: Vivienne Wild
Supervisor: Juan Hernandez Santisteban