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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Astronomy is no longer accepting new applications.

The Institute of Astronomy offers the opportunity to study for the PhD degree, for which the normal duration of study is three years. The format is almost entirely research-based and while projects may be exclusively theoretical or observational, many combine aspects of both.

It is normal for students to attend at least one relevant international conference during their three years of study, often presenting their own research work. Many students working on observational research projects undertake observing trip(s) to major international observatories.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Institute of Astronomy


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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