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Postgraduate Opportunities

23 Mar 2019

Application Details

Applications for places starting in 2019 are now open! Please submit your application by 25th January 2019, though we will try to consider applications submitted up to the 1st February 2019. If you are selected for interview, these will be held on the 11th and 12th of February. We will contact eligible applicants after the deadline with details.

We always have fully funded studentships available (see the projects here), 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 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 starting your studies.

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

    Then select the ‘Apply Now’ link for Research Degree: Physics and Astronomy: High Energy Physics (programme code RRDPHYSHEP01), Full-time (contact us in advance if you are interested in part-time study). You need to create an account with the UCL Online Application Service in order to complete the online form.

    Research proposal, personal statement: The proposal and personal statement can be combined into a general statement: talk about why you are interested in a PhD in HEP, the experience you have, what topics you may like to work on, and anything else you find relevant (enter this in the personal statement field, and refer to it in the research proposal field).

    Funding and supervisor: If you are eligible for STFC funding, in most cases, the supervisor and funding source can be left blank. However, if you are interested in a particular project, do please include this information. If you are not eligible for STFC funding, or applying for a specific funded place/scholarship, you will typically be applying for a specific project and supervisor, so please fill out all of 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 last three years.
    • I am an EU (incl. UK) citizen who has been resident in the EU (but not the UK) for the last 3 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.
    • None of the above (please provide some more information on your circumstances).