Astronomy: University of Cambridge

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MPhil, PhD
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HA, United Kingdom
Astronomy Aerospace
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MPhil and PhD: 15 February (online date: 1 February)
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Although the Institute of Astronomy was given its present name only in 1972, astronomical research has been carried out on the site since the early nineteenth century.
Today they are one of the largest concentrations of research astronomers in the UK with research interests covering most aspects of solar, stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, both observationally and theoretically.
A wide set of theoretical problems is studied, ranging from models of quasars and of the evolution of the universe through the formation and evolution of galaxies and stars, X-ray sources and black holes. Much observational research centres around the use of large telescopes abroad and in space. Instrumentation development is also an important area of activity.
The Institute is set in pleasant gardens and woodlands.
Key research areas
Research groups (and contacts) include:

  • Star Formation in Galaxies (Prof RC Kennicutt)
  • Observational Cosmology (Prof PC Hewett)
  • Theoretical Cosmology (Prof GP Efstathiou)
  • Stellar Astrophysics (Dr CA Tout)
  • Star Formation & Accretion Processes (Dr CJ Clarke)
  • Stellar Populations & Galaxy Dynamics (Prof GF Gilmore)
  • X-ray Astrophysics (Prof AC Fabian)
  • Helioseismology (Prof DO Gough)
  • Astronomical Instrumentation (Dr IR Parry)
  • Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit (Dr MJ Irwin)

Research collaborations
They work closely with:

  • the Cavendish Astrophysics Group
  • the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

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