Survey of Physics & Astronomy PhDs

Survey of Physics and Astronomy Doctoral Research Students’ Experiences and Career Intentions

The Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) commissioned Oxford Research & Policy to explore two main aspects of doctoral training in physics and astronomy:

  1. The experiences and career intentions of doctoral students and how these differ for men and women;
  2. The quality of training provided in Doctoral Training Centres as compared to other routes to doctorates.

This report presents the results of a survey which addressed those two main questions.  A separate summary report specifically focusses on the differing experiences of male and female physics and astronomy doctoral students in the UK and makes a number of recommendations on how departments, funders and professional bodies can close this experiential gap between male and female students.

A policy briefing was also produced by the Institute of Physics.

Download the summary report here.

Download the full report here.

Download the policy briefing here.