Graduate studies in Astrophysics: Application information and Projects available in 2021

Because of restrictions due to the Covid pandemic, we are unable to offer an in-person Open Day this year.

In these web pages, we hope that prospective graduate students will find the information that we would normally present during an in-person open day.

We suggest you start by watching video below, in which our Director of Graduate Studies, Prof Lance Miller, introduces research activities and the application process. More detailed information can be found by following the links on the left to the application procedure, funding and FAQs. Supplementary information on projects and some videos by potential supervisors is grouped under research theme headings, but note that some projects span more than one theme. Some videos from current students can be found at the bottom of this page. We hope that they will give you a sense of what graduate study at Oxford astrophysics is like.

If you have questions about projects, you can contact supervisors but it is important to note that you are not required to select a final project, or supervisor, at the point of application. Whilst it is useful for us to know the broad areas you are interested in, we do not expect you to have made a final decision on your preferred projects and there will be opportunities to discuss your interests before offers are made. Applicants who are invited to interview will have an opportunity to speak to supervisors in more detail about their projects through online sessions either as a group or on a one to one basis.

If you have any questions regarding the application process that you cannot find covered in our FAQs, you can of course contact our Graduate Administrator, Ashling Gordon, on

More information on projects available for 2021 is available here:

Here are videos provided by four current astrophysics DPhil students, describing their experiences of astrophysics research.

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