Astronomy and Astrophysics

Stars forming

We study a range of topics in galactic and extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, including both theory and observation and the development of astronomical instrumentation related to these topics.

Our key research examines:

  • observations of high-redshift galaxies and their implications for both cosmology and galaxy formation
  • theoretical, computational and observational studies of the formation of stars and planetary systems
  • the design and construction of astronomical instrumentation, especially at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths, for ground and space-based observatories and for studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background theoretical work on early Universe cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe.

There is also a varied and highly active community of postgraduate research students based within our group.

Research units

Our research activity is organised into a number of research units:

Galaxies and Observational Cosmology

Galaxies are large assemblies of stars, ranging in size from tiny dwarf galaxies, containing only a few thousand stars, to the giant ellipticals found at the centres of clusters, which contain a thousand billion stars.

Star and Planet Formation

Understanding how stars and planets form is one of the most exciting challenges in astronomy, and one in which we are heavily involved in.