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Expertise of research area
active galaxies; astrochemistry; astronomy; galactic structure; magnetohydrodynamics; mars; molecular astrophysics; physical sciences; physics; physics & astronomy; planet formation; planetary atmospheres; star formation; stellar evolution

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The astrophysics group is home to one of the strongest star formation groups in the UK, comprised of members with extensive experience in their field. The research at Leeds is primarily focused on the fields of star and planet formation.

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<p>Star formation is studied through observational and theoretical approaches; Leeds has experts in the use of numerical simulations and hydrodynamic codes as well as specialists in radio, infrared and millimetre observations. Through work on circumstellar discs the group also places emphasis on planet formation research, while exo-planetary atmospheres are studied using our advance atmospheric codes.</p> <p>The <a href="">Astrophysics group</a> use world-leading telescopes across the spectrum from the radio to X-rays, state-of-art magnetohydrodynamic models, astrochemical models, and planetary atmosphere models running on large computer clusters to study:</p> <ul> <li>massive star and cluster formation</li> <li>proto-planetary disks around young stars</li> <li>planetary atmospheres</li> <li>chemistry in star- and planet forming environments</li> <li>massive evolved stars prior to their SN explosions</li> <li>feedback from stars on local and galactic scales</li> <li>galactic Structure</li> <li>active Galactic Nuclei</li> </ul> <p><a href="">Members of our group</a>&nbsp;often collaborate together on these challenges and have strong links with other disciplines at the&nbsp;University of Leeds, including&nbsp;Engineering, Earth and&nbsp;Environment, Chemistry and Mathematics. They have a large&nbsp;worldwide network of collaborators.</p> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?&nbsp;</h5> <p><strong>96% of our research is world-leading (REF 2021)&nbsp;</strong><br /> At Leeds, our research addresses the most prevalent real-world challenges &ndash; providing solutions that have had both a national and global impact.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees in the School of Physics and Astronomy</a></li> <li><a href="">Astrophysics group</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Physics and Astronomy, Research&nbsp;and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="">Dr Julian Pittard</a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Professor Rene Oudmaijer</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries, please contact the Doctoral College: e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: <a href="tel:+441133435057">+44 (0)113 343 5057</a>.</p>

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