University of York

University of York

Fusion Energy

This course provides a firm foundation to fusion physics and give introductions to some of the more advanced topics. It is an ideal course to prepare students for a PhD in fusion energy; it will also equip students who decide not to pursue fusion further with a range of important generic skills applicable in many sectors of employment. Fusion offers the prospect of an effectively limitless supply of energy which is relatively clean and produces no greenhouse gases. Fusion research is focused around 2 main concepts: Magnetic confinement fusion (MCF) and inertial confinement fusion (ICF). Both will be covered in this MSc course. The field is entering an exciting new era with the construction of the ITER tokamak in the south of France. There are also large ICF projects on the horizon, such as NIF and HiPER. Courses taken as part of the fusion energy MSc includes lectures, laboratory classes and a major research project which will be carried out over the summer months and assessed by dissertation.

Entry requirements

A minimum entry requirement is a lower 2nd Class degree (or equivalent) in physics or a related discipline. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Courses taken: Advanced plasma physics; fusion laboratory (computational); fusion laboratory (experimental techniques and data analysis); fusion technology; inertial confinement fusion; magnetic confinement fusion; plasma diagnostic techniques; plasma physics for fusion; project.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.

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 Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

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

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