Research projects

We offer a variety of projects for applicants covering research themes from our three main Research Councils; EPSRC, NERC and STFC.

Available PhD projects 

CENTA PhD studentships

PhD Projects

Please pay attention to the application instructions on the specific project to help us process your application efficiently. Find out more about how to apply for these projects.

Studentships are available to UK/EU applicants who meet the STFC Residency Criteria.

Black hole astrophysics through timing studies (PDF, 210kb)

  • Supervisor: Dr Simon Vaughan
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science; Computational Science

Black holes, planets and dynamic accretion discs in astrophysics (PDF, 163kb)

  • Supervisor: Dr Chris Nixon
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science; Computational Science; Planetary Science

Developments in Intensity Interferometry (PDF, 533kb)

  • Supervisor: Professor Jon Lapington
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science; Particle Physics and Particle Astronomy; Science Facilities; Quantum technologies; Tools, Technologies and Methods.

Do black holes affect how galaxies evolve? (PDF, 191kb)

Electrodynamics of the solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupled system (PDF, 240kb)

  • Supervisor: Professor Steve Milan
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science; Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry; Planetary Science

Extra-Solar Gas Giant Planets, Theories Meet Observations (PDF, 354kb)

Gravitational lenses with ALMA (PDF, 262kb)

The Hidden Aurora of Uranus (PDF, 131kb)

Instrumentation for Mars Sample Return (PDF, 218kb)

  • Supervisor: Professor John Bridges
  • Research themes: Physical Sciences; Planetary Science; Tools, Technologies and Methods

Jupiter's infrared aurora (PDF, 134kb)

Magnetospheres of exoplanets (PDF, 271kb)

Mapping the central regions of Active Galaxies on microarcsecond scales (PDF, 163kb)

  • Supervisor: Dr Mike Goad
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science

Mercury's Space Environment (PDF, 259kb)

Multi-messenger astrophysics (PDF, 152kb)

  • Supervisor: Professor Nial Tanvir
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science; Particle Physics and Particle Astronomy

The planetary graveyard - searching for the remnants of exoplanet systems around dead stars (PDF, 533kb)

Radar Sounding of the Martian Atmosphere (PDF, 135kb)

  • Supervisor: Professor Mark Lester
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science

Searching for variability and companions to brown dwarfs in NGTS (PDF, 198kb)

Single photon timing in the picosecond regime (PDF, 164kb)

  • Supervisor: Professor Jon Lapington
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science; Nuclear Physics; Physics and Materials Science; Quantum Technologies; Tools, Technologies and Methods

The transfer of solar wind energy into the upper atmosphere through magnetospheric waves (PDF, 333kb)

  • Supervisor: Dr Darren Wright
  • Research themes: Astronomy and Space Science; Atmospheric Science; Planetary Science

Ultra-low frequency waves in the terrestrial magnetosphere (PDF, 285kb)

White dwarfs, exoplanets and fundamental physics (PDF, 455kb)