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PhD Opportunities

Welcome to UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (Dept. of Space & Climate Physics), host to
some of the most exciting research in astrophysics, space science and climate physics in the UK.


We accept applications for research council (STFC and NERC) studentships at any point until
they are filled, and applications from self funded students at any time.

Research Areas

Common interests and opportunities for joint projects with other UCL departments can be
found through the UCL Centre for Origins, Department of Physics and Astronomy, and the
UCL Centre for Planetary Sciences.

Projects can be undertaken in the following areas. Click on the topics for further details:

Space plasma physics Solar physics Planetary science Galactic astrophysics Active Galactic Nuclei
Gamma-ray bursts Neutron stars Instrument Development Imaging Climate Extremes


  • The application details for postgradute admissions to MSSL can be found here. Please ensure you
    choose the Department of Space & Climate Physics.
  • The normal requirement for admission is a 2:i MSci or equivalent (2:i BSc otherwise)

Mullard Space Science Laboratory

The MSSL (the Department of Space and Climate Physics) is the largest University space science group in the UK.

It offers a unique environment, with scientists at the forefront of space science research working alongside top
engineers building and testing instruments for space.

Our PhD students develop skills in public speaking, analytical techniques, innovation and motivation that make them
highly attractive to potential employers. The close contact that the Laboratory enjoys with Space Agencies such as ESA
and NASA, and with industrial research teams also encourages the development of transferrable skills such as project
management which enhance job prospects post-PhD, both in academic circles and beyond. While over 50% of past MSSL
PhD students still work in the field in which they did their PhD studies, many others have found employment in related disciplines.
See the profiles of some of our graduates for details of just a few.

At MSSL, opportunities are available for students to study for a PhD by research in Astrophysics, Solar & Stellar Physics,
Space Plasma Physics, Planetary Science, Imaging, Climate Physics and Photon and Particle Detector Development. For
details on the various funding possibilities available and eligibility requirements please consult this page.



This page last modified 20 July, 2011 by Sarah Matthews


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