Institute of Astronomy

Potential Supervisors and their Research Interests

At the Institute of Astronomy we do not allocate PhD projects, or link students to supervisors in advance, except for Overseas applicants who require a confirmed project in order to apply for certain scholarships and funding.

Home and EU students, who are interviewed, will receive guidance concerning the research areas we can offer when they attend for interview. Much of the first Term of the PhD is devoted to talking to potential Supervisors and exploring the wide range of possible projects on offer.

Click here to see the areas of research currently being undertaken at the Institute.

The following is a list of links to the members of staff expected to be available as supervisors for students beginning PhDs in 2018. 

Dr Manda Banerji

Dr Vasily Belokurov

Dr Anthony Challinor

Professor Cathie Clarke

Professor George Efstathiou

Professor Wyn Evans

Professor A C Fabian

Professor Gerry Gilmore

Professor Martin Haehnelt

Professor Paul Hewett

Dr Mike Irwin

Dr Nikku Madhusudhan

Dr Kaisey Mandel

Professor Richard McMahon

Dr Daan Meeburg

Dr Ian Parry

Professor Chris Reynolds

Dr Helen Russell

Dr Ollie Shortle

Dr Debora Sijacki

Dr Chris Tout

Dr Nick Walton

Dr Mark Wyatt


The following Emeritus Staff, although not looking for students to supervise, are a good source of knowledge and advice:

Dr Sverre Aarseth

Dr Bob Carswell

Professor Douglas Gough

Professor Donald Lynden-Bell

Professor Craig Mackay

Professor Max Pettini

Professor Martin Rees



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