PhD (via MPhil) Studentships in Mathematics, Physics & Astrophysics in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Reference RS/19/23

Expected start date 1 October 2020

Applications are invited for four (or five) full time PhD (via MPhil) studentships in Mathematics, Physics or Astrophysics in the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing. The studentships are tenable for 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress) and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates together with a maintenance grant (£15009 per year 2019/20 rates) for eligible applicants.  

  • One or two studentships focussed on Astrophysics are funded by the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) and are therefore restricted by STFC residence requirements, meaning that International applicants are not eligible to be considered. EU applicants may be eligible for payment of tuition fees only depending on their residential status.
  • Two studentships are funded by the University of Central Lancashire and are open to UK/EU and International applicants studying Mathematics, Physics or Astrophysics.
  • One studentship is funded by the Moses Holden Studentship and is open to UK/EU and International applicants studying Astrophysics.

International applicants will be required to pay the difference between the UK/EU and International tuition fee rate. A maintenance grant (£15009 2019/20 rates) will be paid per annum.

The successful applicants will be required to comply with the terms of the funding.

Project Description

The Jeremiah Horrocks Institute is pleased to announce the availability of four (or five) new PhD Studentships in Mathematics, Physics or Astrophysics.

The projects will be in one of the areas described on the Jeremiah Horrocks website, depending on the preferences of the students ranked highest on the list of applicants (ranking will be carried out by JHI staff based on application forms, references, and interviews of short-listed candidates).

These projects are suggested opportunities offered by JHI staff. If you would like more details or would like to discuss something else related to their field of study, then please contact us directly.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent qualification) at 2:1 or above in a related area (Maths, Physics or Astrophysics), or a UK Masters level qualification (e.g. MSc or MPhys).

International and EU applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For informal discussion, please email Prof. Derek Ward-Thompson ( or Dr. Mark Norris (

For further information, please visit the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute website.

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Admissions via email at, quoting the studentship reference number: RS/19/23.

** If you are interested in a specific project/s, please state clearly the project title/s on your application form

Description and Specification
Application Form

Closing date: 28 February 2020
Interview date: 13 March 2020