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Postgraduate Opportunities

11 Dec 2017

Application Details

Applications for places starting in 2018 are now open, with a deadline of 26th January 2018. We typically hold interviews in February, and will contact eligible applicants after the deadline with details.

To start a PhD, you must meet the academic requirements. If you do not have English as your first language, you must also meet the "Standard" level English language requirements before accepting an offer of a PhD position and starting studies.

We always have fully funded studentships available, though these generally are only available for UK/EU students. Our main source of studentships (STFC funding) also requires that you have been based in the UK for the past 3 years. We do have other sources of funding for non-UK resident and International students, but if you wish to apply for these it is essential that you contact us in December or earlier, as deadlines vary. See the funding page for more details.

To apply, you need to do TWO things:

  • Complete ONLINE the UCL graduate application form.

    You need to apply through the UCL online admissions system. You can either fill in a PDF version of the application form or use the online application (preferred).

    The application instructions and link to the ONLINE form are here.

    Once you have selected ‘Accept and apply’, fill in the drop-down lists with the following information and click the Search button:

    Department: Physics and Astronomy
    Programme Type: Postgraduate Research
    Full time, part time, etc: Full-time

    Then select the ‘Apply Now’ link for Research Degree: Physics and Astronomy: High Energy Physics. You need to create an account with the UCL Online Application Service in order to complete the online form.

    Research proposal & supervisor: The application form requests a research proposal and a supervisor. In most cases, the proposal can be quite general (talk about why you are interested in a PhD in HEP), and the supervisor can be left blank. However, if you are interested in a particular project, do please include this information. If you are applying for a specific funded place/scholarship, this will typically be associated with a project and supervisor, so please fill out all the information.

    Once you have completed the form, save a copy and make a note of the date and time when you submitted it.

  • Notify Dr Gavin Hesketh
    by email to gavin.hesketh AT ucl.ac.uk. Include the date you completed your application, and to help us determine which sources of funding you may be eligible for, please also include whichever one of these statements applies:

    • I am an EU (incl. UK) citizen who has been resident in the UK for the previous three years.
    • I am a non-EU citizen, and have been residing in the UK for the last 3 years but not wholly or mainly for the purpose of higher education.
    • I am an EU (incl. UK) citizen who has been living in the EU (but not the UK) for the last 3 years.
    • None of the above (please provide some more information on your circumstances).
    If you are self-funding, or already know you are applying for a specific source of funding, please also include that information.