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Cavendish Astrophysics


There are three steps you must take if you wish to apply for graduate study in the Cavendish Astrophysics Group in the Department of Physics:

1. Consideration of the research areas/topics on offer to establish if they are likely to be of interest to you.  

Each year the group defines a number of research areas/topics suitable for PhD and MPhil projects, some technical, some observational and some theoretical, in the various areas of research we cover. These are available on our Available areas/topics page. Please contact the potential supervisors if you would like to know more about the research programmes.

2. The submission of a formal online application to the Board of Graduate Studies for admission as a graduate student in Physics at the University of Cambridge.
Details of how to make the formal application can be found at the Board of Graduate Studies 'How Do I Apply' page.  If you are applying for admission in the academic year 2024-2025 your application should arrive by 5th December 2023 (for UK, EU and Overseas applicants wishing to apply for funding from the University) or 11th October 2023 for US citizens resident in the USA.  If you need any assistance completing the form, contact the Graduate Admissions Office at the Department of Physics at .

(Note that the course code for a PhD in the Cavendish Astrophysics Group in the Department of Physics is different from the code associated with a PhD at the Institute of Astronomy. If you mistakenly apply to the IoA there may be a significant delay in your application being forwarded to us.)
3. Interview, usually by Skype/Zoom/Teams (for selected candidates).

Candidates will be contacted by interested supervisors to discuss projects available. This will usually take the form of a Skype/Zoom/Teams interview.