Post-graduate Opportunities

If you are interested in doing a postgraduate degree (Masters or PhD) at UNSW you should contact one of the academics listed below to discuss possible projects. A current, although by no means exhaustive, list of potential PhD projects on offer in the school can be found here. A number of our students also work with other institutions, in particular the Anglo-Australian Observatory and the Australia Telescope National Facility. Present research activities include cosmology, galactic structure, extrasolar planets, abundances of the elements in the early Universe, star formation, the interstellar medium, and the galactic centre. There is also a strong instrumentation group working in Antarctic, infrared and millimetre-wave astronomy.

Possible supervisors and their main interests are:

  • Prof Michael Ashley : Antarctic astronomy, instrumentation, GRB optical transients, extrasolar planets
  • Prof Michael Burton : Antarctic, Infrared and Millimetre astronomy, star formation, the interstellar medium.
  • Prof Jeremy Bailey : Planetary Atmospheres and Exoplanetary Science.
  • Dr. Maria Cunningham : Molecular Astrophysics, Bioastronomy, mm-wave astronomy
  • Prof John Storey : Antarctic and IR astronomy and instrumentation
  • Prof Chris Tinney : Exoplanetary Science - understanding exoplanets, brown dwarfs & free-floating planets
  • Prof John Webb : Fundamental constants, QSO absorption systems, high redshift galaxies and IGM, Extrasolar Planets

If you have an honours degree from an Australian university and wish to pursue a PhD in Astrophysics at UNSW, there are various scholarships you can apply for to support you during your PhD. To find out more about new or current scholarships available for graduate research in the school please visit our scholarships page.

Additional information about Graduate Studies at UNSW can be found at:







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