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23 Apr 2021

PhD Studentships in Astrophysics or High Energy Physics


Applications for the September 2021 CDT intake are now open and there will be up to ten full funded studentships available. The deadline for applications is the 29th January, with interviews taking place in February. Applications are accepted after the deadline, but we can not guarantee you will get an interview if your application is late. This year we will have full studentship opportunities (tuition fees and a maintenance, i.e. subsistence, allowance) available for home, EU and international students, so we encourage all interested students to apply regardless of your residency status. International or EU students need to have their applications submitted by the 13th January if they want to be considered for all studentship possibilities though, please get in touch with us for further details at dis-cdt-phd-admissions@live.ucl.ac.uk.

A list of projects for the next intake can be found here here.

Once applications are open, the online forms can be found here (once you have selected 'Accept and apply', fill in the drop-down lists with, 'Department: Physics and Astronomy', 'Programme Type: Postgraduate Research' and 'Full time, part time, etc: Full-time', then click the Search button, you should then select the course with code RRDPHYSDIS01. There is no need to write a research project, despite what the generic UCL application form states. Instead what we need is a short personal statement describing your reasons for applying for a DIS PhD, any relevant experience, achievements, awards and publications you may have and which of our research areas interests you most. In addition you can also upload a short CV (2 pages), which highlights key points about your University education, MSci project (or similar), career/placements, your computing experience and any other details on your technical/experimental experience which is relevent. We will be considering all applications received and will invite a shortlist to interview.

PhD admissions inquiries can be addressed to the PhD Admission Team at, dis-cdt-phd-admissions@live.ucl.ac.uk. However it's likely that many questions will be answered in these pages so please read through before contacting us.


We will automatically consider all candidates for appropriate studentships when they apply to us. These pay for tuition fees and a maintenance (i.e. subsistence) allowance. More details on the studentships, including their value, can be found here. Applicants meeting the relevant criteria are automatically considered for a studentship and do not need to apply for a studentship separately.

Applicants whose first language is not English should note the additional requirements in respect of this (given the continued Covid-19 situation there is also now the option to take the language test online). Please note that unless you satisfy the requirements mentioned above the department cannot offer you a PhD position (i.e. we are not allowed to make exceptions). We strongly advise that you check whether you meet the requirements, and take any necessary tests such as the IELTS, before making an application (; or, if this is not possible, no later than the date of interviews.


To get a flavour of the type of projects on offer in the other areas, you can have a look at the list of projects assigned to the current cohort of DIS students here. You can also see the profiles of the currents students enrolled in the Centre here.

In the application you should ensure you apply for the CDT DIS stream, but clearly state in your research statement whether you are interested in a DIS project in Astrophysics and/or High Energy Physics. You will be able to express an interest in a particular area.

Applicants interested in a wider range of non-CDT based research projects in the both the High Energy Physics and Astrophysics groups, need to also apply directly to the respective groups for consideration. Further details on dedicated studentships can be found here for the High Energy Physics group, here for the Astrophysics group and here for the MSSL group.

The 17 inaugural research projects cover a wide and diverse range of DIS research areas, providing both an excellent training ground and ideal use-cases for the development/application of new DIS techniques, which will enhance our ground-breaking fundamental research.