Astrophysics DPhils (PhDs) can be observational, theoretical or in instrumentation and topics range from cosmology through to exoplanets, galaxies and transients, pulsars and high-energy astrophysics.

Our graduate students play a vital role in the Astrophysics sub-department and we offer a wide range of opportunities for graduate study. We offer projects in instrumentation, observation and theory. Candidates may also want to look at projects in the Theoretical Physics sub-department and the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics sub-department; applications to more than one sub-department are encouraged.

Open days

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to run in-person open days for prospective graduate students. The videos below should give a good flavour of what it is like to study with us but please do contact us with any questions.


Read comprehensive information on fees and funding for graduate students.

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 and there will be opportunities to discuss your interests before offers are made.

If you would like to apply for more than one DPhil course, 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.