University of York

University of York


Students work on their own research project, working closely with their academic supervisor and with the support of other postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff in their research group. Students take a small number, usually 2 or 3, of taught courses in their first 2 years, which are relevant to their research activity. In addition, students undertake on-going skills development activities and participate in the SIESTA programme of seminars and outreach activities throughout the period of their degree.The department's major research groups are: condensed matter physics (nanomaterials: photonics; quantum theory and applications; new characterisation methods); nuclear physics (nuclear structure; nuclear astrophysics; applications and detector developments); plasma physics and fusion (magnetic confinement fusion; laser plasmas and fusion; low temperature plasmas); biological physical sciences institute (imaging and quantitation; biomolecular interactions; biological modelling).

Entry requirements

We require a minimum 2.1 in an MPhys degree for eligibility for the physics PhD programme. Applicants with a BSc, who meet the minimum requirement of a 2.1, are recommended to also have a MSc qualification in physics in order to obtain the necessary research experience for a PhD. A Masters in a closely related field, or relevant industry experience may also be considered in an application for the physics PhD programme.

Assessment methods

At the end of the first year, students are required to prepare a dissertation on their research topic. If this and the assessment on the first 2 graduate courses are satisfactory, the student's PhD status is confirmed

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,165 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 19,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,165 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 19,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1904 322204