Astronomy and Space Science PhD Projects
PhD Permanent Leicester, UK
Uploaded 26 Nov 2018
The University of Leicester Physics & Astronomy Department has a selection of PhD projects available to start in late September 2019 in the Astronomy and Space Science research area.
- Black hole astrophysics through timing studies
- Black holes, planets and dynamic accretion discs in astrophysics
- Developments in Intensity Interferometry
- Do black holes affect how galaxies evolve?
- Electrodynamics of the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupled system
- Extra-Solar Gas Giant Planets, Theories Meet Observations
- Gravitational lenses with ALMA
- The Hidden Aurora of Uranus
- Jupiter's infrared aurora
- Magnetospheres of exoplanets
- Mapping the central regions of Active Galaxies on microarcsecond scales
- Mercury's Space Environment
- Multi-messenger astrophysics
- The planetary graveyard - searching for the remnants of exoplanet systems around dead stars
- Radar Sounding of the Martian Atmosphere
- Searching for variability and companions to brown dwarfs in NGTS
- Single photon timing in the picosecond regime
- The transfer of solar wind energy into the upper atmosphere through magnetospheric waves
- Ultra-low frequency waves in the terrestrial magnetosphere
- White dwarfs, exoplanets and fundamental physics
PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time).
A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 50,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.
PhD and MPhil applicants must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.
The undergraduate qualification should normally be in a subject relevant to the subject of the PhD/MPhil.