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Research Projects


We are currently offering undergraduate and postgraduate projects in several areas in astronomy and astrophysics relating to the group's research interests:
  • Galaxies
  • Cosmology
  • Pulsars and supernovae
  • VLBI and masers
  • Radio Astronomy Instruments
  • Radio Astronomy Techniques
  • Galaxy simulations
  • ICT
  • Computing

** Available PhD projects and supervisors are listed here as a PDF document **

Example Ph.D. projects

  • Galaxy and Mass Assembly
  • Star formation in gas-rich galaxies
  • Star formation and Magnetic fields in Nearby Galaxies
  • Origin of the Magellanic System
  • Galaxy evolution driven by interactions in different environments
  • HIPASS V2: An updated blind survey of the local universe
  • Faint astronomical signals from galaxies
  • Proper motions of water masers
  • Frequency Phase Transfer to calibrate Low Frequency Arrays
  • Hidden supernovae and supernova hosts
  • Graphics Processor Units for Astronomy
  • Sparse Aperture Arrays
  • The Epoch of Reionization
  • Ionospheric Propagation
  • Centaurus A: the nearest Active Galaxy 
  • Studies of the Polarisation of Southern AGNs with VLBI

The full project list is available - see above.

Example Honours/Vacation projects

  • Galaxy evolution in groups
  • Proper motions of water masers with VLBI
  • The cosmic web
  • Star formation demographics in galaxies
  • Galaxy dynamics and star formation in gas-rich galaxies
  • The clustering of Galaxies and Quasars
  • The destruction of dark matter halos
  • Detection of fast transients
  • Gravity waves and radio astronomy
  • The lumpiness of dark matter
  • The Tully-Fisher relation for Edge-on Galaxies
  • Space Observatories and the Origin of Infrared Dust Emission
  • The Distributed FX correlator
  • Proper Motion of PSR1706-44
  • The Foreground of the Large Magellanic Cloud
  • Space VLBI astrometry

Current project list is available here.


Please contact us for further details on the above, and other, proposals.


Cosmic Web

A simulation of hydrogen gas in the later stages of the evolving Universe. The light regions correspond to neutral hydrogen; the remainder is ionized.
Credit: Steve Furlanetto et al.


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