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Not to be confused with a medical doctor, a Doctor of Philosophy can be the highest-level degree available in a nonmedical field. While earning this degree can take a lot of work, it can come with rewards and be a very prestigious accomplishment.

What is a PhD in Astrophysics? Since astrophysics is the study of planets, stars, and other celestial objects, this degree is generally focused on giving you an understanding of these objects and how different tools can be used in observing them. Coursework can cover more generalized topics, such as physics, as well as more specific concepts, such as astronomical systems, radiation fields, and temporal domains. You will likely have to complete a lot of personal research and write a doctoral dissertation as part of the process of earning the degree.

The work you do to earn this degree can improve your mathematic and scientific reasoning, which can help with organization and decision-making in your daily life. An improved understanding of scientific concepts can also make you better informed about certain issues currently facing the world.

Different schools and institutions can have different requirements that affect the cost of earning your degree. You usually need to have already completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree program before earning a PhD, which can also factor into the cost.

With a PhD in Astrophysics, you will likely be well equipped to become an astrophysicist. You may work as a researcher, investigating and contributing to knowledge of the stars and planets. You could also develop new tools and methods of understanding astronomical phenomena. Teaching opportunities, including becoming a professor or teaching at a primary or secondary school, are sometimes available as well.

Universities near you, as well as schools around the world, may offer programs for earning a PhD in Astrophysics. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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7 Results in Astrophysics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)

There has never been a better time to work in Astrophysics, a vibrant and competitive discipline in frontier research. Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Astrophysics wil ... [+]

There has never been a better time to work in Astrophysics, a vibrant and competitive discipline in frontier research.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program in Astrophysics will first be assessed on the basis of their CV and reference letters. A number of candidates will be invited for an interview on one of the two announced dates.

The Ph.D. course consists of 3 to 4 years of study and research. First-year students are required to attend several courses spanning a period from November to May and to take exams in a selection of those courses. At the beginning of the first year, students are assigned a tutor, a SISSA staff member who will advise them on selecting exams and will provide guidance on choosing a research project for their Ph.D. thesis. After completion of the courses, students will start working on their research project under the supervision of one or more SISSA staff members.... [-]

Italy Trieste
October 2019
Full-time
3 - 4 years
Campus
International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)

Astroparticle Physics represents one of the preeminent interests of SISSA and has been singled out as one of the areas that SISSA will further strengthen in the near futu ... [+]

Astroparticle Physics represents one of the preeminent interests of SISSA and has been singled out as one of the areas that SISSA will further strengthen in the near future. It is a young and interdisciplinary field, at the frontier among Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Particle Physics, addressing some of the most pressing and fundamental questions in Science today, such as understanding the nature of gravity, explaining the origin and evolution of the Universe and identifying the nature of its constituents, including dark matter and dark energy.

In recent years the field has witnessed a rapid growth, also in connection to the wealth of new data and the rich experimental programmes in progress. The focus at SISSA is to connect the new insights offered by these exciting phenomenological developments to the forefront of the theoretical research in the field.... [-]

Italy Trieste
October 2019
Full-time
3 - 4 years
Campus
GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute

The main aim of the curriculum in Astroparticle Physics is to provide the entrance points and the scientific and cultural tools to participate successfully to the researc ... [+]

The main aim of the curriculum in Astroparticle Physics is to provide the entrance points and the scientific and cultural tools to participate successfully to the researches in particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, gravitation, and cosmology. A special attention will be given to experimental and phenomenological aspects. Moreover, the PhD student in Astroparticle Physics at GSSI will have a special opportunity to follow and participate to the research conducted at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories (LNGS), with its wide community of scientists from all over the world.

The Astroparticle Physics curriculum consists of 4 years of study and research. The first year a wide choice of courses will cover a large spectrum of topics and the year will be concluded by a final exam. Students will work on a research project under the supervision of one or more teachers and scientists of the GSSI, of the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory and/or of the professors of the University of L'Aquila. Interdisciplinary approaches to the studies and research, exchanges of ideas and innovations are strongly encouraged.... [-]

Italy L'Aquila
November 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Universidad de La Laguna

The Doctoral Program in Astrophysics is the result of the Merger of the previous Doctoral Program in Astrophysics and the Doctoral Program in Physics Structure of Matter. ... [+]

The Doctoral Program in Astrophysics is the result of the Merger of the previous Doctoral Program in Astrophysics and the Doctoral Program in Physics Structure of Matter. Both Doctoral Programs have the Excellence Award of the Ministry of Education and Science.

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Scientific, Academic and Social Context Justifying the Title Proposal

The Doctoral Program in Astrophysics that we present is the result of the Merger of the previous Doctoral Program in Astrophysics and the Doctoral Program in Physics Structure of Matter. Both Doctoral Programs have the Excellence Award of the Ministry of Education and Science.

The enormous international strength of the research in Astrophysics carried out in the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands is largely due to the researchers who have been trained in this center. This has been possible thanks to the implementation of a successful Doctoral Program that has formed, in recent years, an immense proportion of Spanish Astrophysicists.... [-]

Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

The program provides advanced theoretical knowledge of the physics of the Earth and planetary bodies and trains students in theoretical and numerical solutions of the for ... [+]

The program provides advanced theoretical knowledge of the physics of the Earth and planetary bodies and trains students in theoretical and numerical solutions of the forward and inverse problems. The graduate is able to carry out independent scientific research focused on the physical processes in the Earth, planets, and satellites. He/she can pursue a career in the research institutions focused on Earth and planetary evolution, but also in the industrial research focused on the issue of continuum mechanics.

The program does not contain specializations.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Admission for studies

Admission for studies will be granted to the applicants, who:... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Charles University Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

The program offers training in theoretical physics, astronomy, and astrophysics. The graduate acquires a wide range of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in s ... [+]

The program offers training in theoretical physics, astronomy, and astrophysics. The graduate acquires a wide range of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in solving difficult physical problems. A graduate of astronomy gains also experimental skills, all graduates manage a variety of numerical and computational methods. In addition to mathematical methods, graduates also get a physical intuition that is extremely important in scientific research and for the solution of unexpected technical obstacles and problems.

The program does not contain specializations.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Admission for studies

Admission for studies will be granted to the applicants, who:... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
Full-time
4 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologi ... [+]

PhD in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology

There has never been a more exciting time to study the universe beyond the confines of the earth. A new generation of advanced ground-based and space-borne telescopes and enormous increases in computing power are enabling a golden age of astrophysics. RIT’s doctorate program in astrophysical sciences and technology focuses on the underlying physics of phenomena beyond the earth, and in the development of the technologies, instruments, data analysis, and modeling techniques that will enable the next major strides in the field. The multidisciplinary emphasis of this program sets it apart from conventional astrophysics graduate programs at traditional research universities.... [-]

USA Rochester
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus