PhD studentships in ARC

PhD studentships in ARC

We welcome applications from students wishing to undertake a PhD in the Astrophysics Research Centre starting in September/October 2017. We expect to have at least five fully funded PhD studentships, details below. The five funded positions are only available for students fulfilling UK national requirements (either UK nationals, or have been in the UK for the last 3 years for a purpose which is not full-time education). Self-funding students or students with their own international funding grants are also very welcome to apply :

  • Information and application forms to study for a PhD at Queen's University are available at this website.
  • It is essential that you read and follow the application instructions to fill in the University form for applications to ARC.
  • For PhDs, we will normally consider applicants holding, or expecting to obtain in 2017, a UK MSci (or equivalent) degree in physics, astronomy or a related discipline with 2.1 or higher classification (or international equivalent).
  • If you are unsure about any part of the process, contact the prospective supervisors of the project areas you are applying for or for advice on the application procedure.
  • We offer a limited number of MPhil degree opportunities.

Please note that Queen's University will not accept applications that do not follow the required procedures.

Contact details for all staff are available here.

New Research Project Themes for 2017

We have a number of fully funded PhD studentships available for UK residents for projects in the research areas indicated in the links below (for eligibility criteria, note that for EU residents these awards cover FEES ONLY and no maintenance award, except for the project entitled Solar Physics with Biomedical Applications). We recommend browsing the staff research pages to get a general overview of our work.

The following links provide information on a sample of our projects on offer:

Note that more projects will be being proposed over the coming few weeks: please check back often!

Queen’s University/China Scholarship Council PhD Scholarships 2017

The Queen’s University/China Scholarship Council Awards provide funding for up to 10 full PhD scholarships for candidates starting their studies in the 2017-18 academic year. We welcome applications from eligible Chinese students for these fully funded studentships in any of the projects list above. To be eligible for funding you must fulfil the two criteria below :

  1. Candidates must be citizens of the People's Republic of China at the time of application, and either permanently resident in China or studying overseas. (Those working overseas are not eligible.) It should be noted that citizens of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are not eligible for consideration under the CSC joint funding route. Candidates must hold a PRC passport.
  2. Successful candidates must return to China upon completion of their degree.

The academic requirements and the application procedure is given on this link. Follow the instructions for applying, and note the deadline for these scholarships is 31 January 2017. Note that this is earlier than our application deadline for UK students.

Other International student finance information and scholarships

Application instructions

  • Applications for post-graduate studies must be made via the QUB portal.
  • The deadline for applications is Friday February 10th 2017. All applications received by then will be reviewed immediately and interviews will be held shortly thereafter.
  • You can apply for any number of the research themes advertised for 2017 within one application. Follow these guidelines:
    • The “Title” of the proposed research area should be “Astrophysics”
    • You have two possibilities to add information on what research project themes you wish to apply for. These are
      • the “Additional Information” box (500 character limit)
      • the one-page “Personal Statement” which can be found either on the portal web-page 1) or from this link.
  • There are three funding options listed on the application procedure:
    • Self Funding: This would mean you are willing to pay everything yourself and is not advisable unless you have very significant personal funds you are willing to use during a 3-year PhD.
    • Apply for funding via the portal: In this case you will be applying for funding from the Northern Ireland Department of Education and Learning (DEL). This is an option if you are from the UK (in which case are studentships pay full fees and living expenses), or if you are from the EU (our studentships have fees paid only, but no living expenses).
    • Other: In this case you are requesting to be considered for one of ARC's special research scholarships which are available to all applicants and which covers fees and living expenses. This funding is often only available for specific projects and you should contact the prospective supervisor by email to check whether such funding is available for your specific circumstances.

If you need further advice, either email the prospective supervisors or for general queries, email

1) where you see : “Different Schools require different information in the research proposal. For guidance please click here”
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