PhD studentships in ARC

This round of applications (2018) is now closed

For 2019 applications see PhD applications 2019

We welcome applications from students wishing to undertake a PhD in the Astrophysics Research Centre starting in September/October 2018. 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). An exception to this rule is the PhD project entitled “Solar Physics with Biomedical Applications”, which is fully funded for any EU national, regardless of whether they have previously spent any time in the UK. 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 2018, 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.

Research Projects for 2018

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 projects entitled “Solar Physics with Biomedical Applications” and “Atmospheres of alien worlds”). 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!

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 9th 2018. 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 2018 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

where you see : “Different Schools require different information in the research proposal. For guidance please click here”
public/phds2018.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/17 16:02 by Stuart Sim

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