Our graduate students are vital and valued members of the Astrophysics sub-department, and we offer a wide range of opportunities for graduate study, with DPhil (PhD) projects available in instrumentation, observation and theory. Our research groups span a diverse range of topics covering all of modern astrophysics, from cosmology through to exoplanets, galaxies, transients, pulsars, high-energy astrophysics and more. Candidates may also want to look at projects in the Theoretical Physics and Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics sub-departments; applications to more than one sub-department are encouraged.

Projects for 2022 Entry

You can find details of projects available from October 2022 on the tabs in the page menu, or through the links below. If you have further questions regarding these projects, we encourage you to make contact with the supervisors listed, who will be happy to hear from you. We are offering a range of projects in the following areas:

Virtual Open Day

We are unfortunately unable to offer an in-person Open Day this year due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. You may find some recordings of material that would normally be part of an in-person Open Day on this page, along with some short videos made by some of our current students.


Read comprehensive information on fees and funding for graduate students. Please note that in order to be considered for any of the UKRI funding sources, you are required to submit your application before the earlier deadline of Friday 7th January 2022.

How to apply

All applications must be made through the central University of Oxford graduate admissions website where you will find information about applying to any of the six DPhil courses on offer at the Department of Physics.

It is important to note that you are not required to select a final project or supervisor at the point of application; while it is useful for us to know the broad areas you are interested in, we do not expect you to have made a final decision on your preferred projects or supervisor and there will be various opportunities to discuss your interests before offers are made.

Applying for more than one DPhil within Physics

If you would like to apply for more than one DPhil course within the Physics sub-departments, there is no need to complete a separate application for each or pay more than one application fee; please refer to the instructions for applying to related courses.

When submitting your application, you need only submit an application to one of the DPhil courses and please list on your application form (ideally under 'proposed field or proposed supervisor') which other DPhil in Physics courses you also want to be considered for. Please note that different DPhil courses may have differring requirements or word limits in terms of supporting documentation. If this is the case, you are welcome to upload more than one version of a supporting document and confirm which DPhil course panel it is for the attention of. If applying to multiple sub-departments within Physics, your application will be reviewed independently by each sub-department panel who all run their own independent recruitment process. This may mean that timelines on interviews and offer dates can vary.

If you have any questions regarding applying for the DPhil in Astrophysics, please contact the Graduate Administrator Ashling Gordon via email (ashling.gordon@physics.ox.ac.uk) or by phone (01865 273303).