Our research spans the whole of Astrophysics. We have large groups working on cosmology, galaxies & black holes ,through to stars & planets. We address these research areas with a combination of theoretical, simulation and observational work. Details of this research can be found in the research themes below.

We also lead or play significant roles in many of the new telescopes that will come online in the next 10 years, both from a technical perspective through our instrumentation group and with our work developing techniques.
This is underlined with the recently established Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, funded through a generous donation from the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation

The department is also home to, the largest and most successful platform for citizen science projects on the web and also leads the Global Jet Watch programme.

Research themes


We lead observational and theoretical work to determine what the dark matter is, what is the dark energy, why they behave the way they do and how did the Universe start off this way.

Galaxies & Black Holes

Studying the formation and evolution of galaxies is one of the largest research areas in Oxford. This research is carried out using both observations across all wavelengths coupled with cutting-edge N-body and hydrodynamic simulations.


We design and build state-of-the-art instruments for a wide range of ground based observatories.

Accretion & Jet Physics

Astrophysical Fluids


Raymond Pierrehumbert, Suzanne Aigrain, Patrick Irwin, Caroline Terquem, Niranjan Thatte, Peter Read

Pulsars & Compact Objects

Aris Karastergiou, Rob Fender

Stellar Structure & Evolution

Philipp Podsiadlowski, Tony Lynas-Gray


We are involved in many of the largest telescope projects in the world, leading the scientific exploitation as well as building cutting-edge instrumentation

Other research groups

Other groups in Astrophysics

Four Pi Sky

Rob Fender

Plasma Theory

Michael Barnes, James Binney, Felix Parra Diaz, Subir Sarkar, Alexander Schekochihin, Steven Balbus, Garret Cotter, Julien Devriendt, Philipp Podsiadlowski, Adrianne Slyz, Caroline Terquem, Tony Bell, Gianluca Gregori, Peter Norreys, Steven Rose, Paul Dellar