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The Astrophysics Group offers PhD studentships in astronomy and astrophysics and fusion plasma physics leading to a PhD degree in the University of Bristol. The Group offers a certain number of studentships funded by STFC, EPSRC, or the University to suitably-qualified students (usually with a first class or upper second class degree). While the number of such studentships is necessarily limited, the Group may also take well-qualified self-funded students.
 
PhD students carry out independent research under the direction of a member of academic staff in one of the group's areas of research interest, and the degree is awarded on the basis of examination of a thesis after three years.
 
In their first year students may attend advanced undergraduate lecture courses in relevant subjects, and follow courses of directed reading. In all three years postgraduate students are expected to attend the Group seminar series, and to learn presentation skills through giving seminars themselves. Students should also attend the Journal Club, which examines recent research papers of both specialist and more general interest, and relevant Physics colloquia. All students, whether carrying out observational or theoretical research, have the opportunity to visit telescopes abroad to make observations. In recent years several students have spent a substantial amount of their PhD overseas as guests of another institution where they can work with staff who collaborate with the Bristol Astrophysics Group.
 
The Astrophysics Group also takes students for MSc degrees by research, on an ad hoc basis. If you are interested in such a degree, you are urged to contact Prof. Steve Phillipps as far as possible in advance of the start of the academic year in October.
 
More details of this year's studentships are available by following the link. For further information, contact Prof. Steve Phillipps .