Note for prospective PhD students
Due to the large number of enquiries, I post some advice about
applying to take a PhD under my supervision here at the University
At present I do not have independent funds to support PhD students.
You need to either
In either case, you also have to also
- Have independent funding, such as a government scholarship from
- Be successful in gaining a UC doctoral scholarship.
- Satisfy UC's English language requirements
if you are not a native English speaker;
- Have a MSc in a relevant area of theoretical physics (or a high 1st class
BSc Honours for Australian/NZ applicants);
- Have some knowledge
of general relativity, cosmology, particle physics and similar fields.
Further information on
UC doctoral scholarships is available here. There are two rounds
of applications annually, closing on 15 May and 15 October.
UC doctoral scholarships are extremely competitive. Selection over all disciplines in the University is based on a strict ranking formula that takes into account:
The competition is so tough that at present I can only
support UC doctoral scholarship applications from candidates with either:
(i) a perfect or close to perfect Masters Grade Point Average (GPA); or (ii) a
very strong Masters GPA from a university (or university department) in
the top 300 on the QS ranking. Having at least one
quality peer reviewed publication in a relevant area also
works to your advantage if your university does not have a high QS ranking,
but cannot mitigate an uncompetitive GPA.
- your grades in last 2 (fulltime) years of study;
- the QS ranking of the
university where your degree came from;
- any publications and other
relevant research experience you may