Institute of Astronomy

M.Phil. in Astronomy

Graduate Admissions 2017


Applications are now being accepted for graduate admission in October 2017.

Funding application deadlines are as follows:

Gates Cambridge USA - 12th October 2016

International & EU (Gates Cambridge International & EU, Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trusts including CISS) - 7th December 2016

Home/EU - 4th January 2017

For further details see our Funding page.

The application deadline for all other applications is 31st January 2017


The Application Procedure page includes information about English Language tests.




The Institute of Astronomy does not routinely offer the one-year M.Phil. degree. However, occasionally, it is possible for students, normally with certain one-year scholarships, notably Churchill and Marshall Scholars, to pursue a one-year M.Phil. in Astronomy.

The degree is exclusively by research and a project and supervisor will have been identified during the application process. There is no taught element and this course is not suitable for physicists and mathematicians wishing to prepare for a research Ph.D. in astronomy.

Before making a formal application, prospective applicants should forward the following to

  • A CV, which should include details of any research experience
  • Transcript to date (a scanned copy will be fine at this stage)
  • An outline of the subject area(s)/project(s) you would propose to form the basis of your MPhil study
  • Names of potential supervisor(s) from amongst the Institute's academic staff

Following receipt of this information, we will determine whether an appropriate project and supervisor is available.

Please note that the application deadline for admission to this course in October 2017 is 7 December 2016.

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