Astronomy at Durham

Durham Astronomy Research Cluster

Durham University is one of the UK's leading centres for astronomical research with world-class groups working in a wide range of fields covering the observational, theoretical and instrumentation aspects of astronomy.

Durham has the largest number of highly-cited researchers in Space Sciences (which covers research into astronomy and astrophysics) of any institute in Europe and is joint fifth world-wide, according to the most recent league table from Thomson Reuters ESI.

April 2017 - Centre for Doctoral Training
We are pleased to announce the availability of up to 11 fully-funded four year doctoral studentships, as part of a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science supported by STFC through the Industrial Strategy Talent Fund. The CDT is built around the research programmes of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP) and also the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA) and the Center for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI). The studentships include a six month secondment with one of our industrial partners. See our Postgraduate opportunities page for more details.

There are 28 academic staff across the combined astronomy groups, with over 100 postdocs, postgraduate students and support and technical staff involved in astronomy research. The Durham Astronomy Research Cluster hosts the following groups:
In November 2016, the three main astronomy groups in the Department of Physics, the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation, the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute for Computational Cosmology, moved into the brand new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics building, designed by the world renowned Studio Daniel Libeskind.

Contact Details

Department of Physics,
Durham University,
South Road,
Durham DH1 3LE
Tel: 44 (0)191 3343635

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