Our Research

QUT Astrophysics academic staff and students are active across a diverse range of astronomical research projects, including:

  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Active galactic nuclei and supermassive black holes
  • Multi-wavelength photometry
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Spectral energy distribution modelling
  • Characterising exoplanets
  • Astronomy education

Research Topics

We welcome enquiries from potential Honours and postgraduate students interested in performing astrophysics research at QUT. Current projects available include:

For more details, please contact Dr Michael Cowley.

Vacation Research Experience Scheme (VRES)

Each year, over the summer holidays, we offer students an opportunity to participate in a research project for approximately 6-10 weeks. Participating students become immersed in our group’s research activities and get a hands-on experience with our experts and facilities. To be eligible to apply for the scheme you must currently be in your second, third or fourth year of undergraduate study. For more details, please contact Dr Michael Cowley or visit the VRES Information Site.

Previous projects awarded:

Scholarship awardee Research Project
Daniel Lyon (2021 – 2022) An analysis of active galactic nuclei selection diagnostics.
Breanna Farley (2021 – 2022) The influence of environment on galaxy evolution at high redshifts.
Sarah Bradbury (2020 – 2021) Isolating the nuclear contribution to the observed SED of galaxies.
Dominic Cotter (2020 – 2021) The impact of varying the cosmological constant in a Hubble tension context.