PhD in Computational/Theoretical Astrophysics or Theoretical Cosmology

Newcastle University

Value of award

The studentship includes tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of £14,553 per year (subject to minor change), a desktop computer, and £1,500 travel allowance.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: September 2018 for 3.5 years


The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics of the University of Newcastle offers a full-time PhD studentship in one area of Theoretical/Computational Planetary, Solar and Astrophysical Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) or Relativity and Cosmology. 

Specific projects include, among others: zonal flow in Jupiter, hot Jupiter magnetism, magnetic buoyancy in the solar interior, superfluidity in neutron stars, internal gravity waves in massive stars, cosmic rays in the galaxy, galactic magnetism, cosmological structure formation with scalar dark matter and quantum fluctuations in the early Universe. A more detailed description of the relevant research conducted within in the School can be found at:


Prospective students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors of their preference for more information on possible projects. Applicants should indicate their preferred project(s) in their application. General information can also be obtained from Dr Gerasimos Rigopoulos.

Applicants should have a strong background in Physics, Mathematics or another relevant discipline. High motivation for independent theoretical/computational work is essential. Computational skills and interest in computational methods is also desirable.


School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, Newcastle University.

Name of supervisor(s)

The applicant should indicate their preferred project(s) in one of the aforementioned areas and the supervisor will then be identified.

Eligibility Criteria

This studentship is available to UK/EU and international candidates who have or expect a first class or high 2:1 honours degree in mathematics, physics or another relevant discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant subject area will be highly advantageous.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5. International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.

The studentship includes tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of £14,553 per year (subject to minor change), a desktop computer, and £1500travel allowance.

How to apply

Follow the instructions through the University’s Postgraduate application portal.

The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Physics’ as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code MSP006 in the studentship/partnership reference field


For general information contact Dr Gerasimos Rigopoulos ( School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics.

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