University of York

University of York


The course has been designed to enable those wishing to pursue postgraduate physics research to gain the essential qualifications for admission to research degrees; a student successfully completing the course and the requirements for admission can then embark on research leading to Masters or doctorate in their chosen area of specialisation.

Entry requirements

Applications are assessed on an individual basis but some study in physics at degree level is essential. Applicants should already hold an undergraduate qualification in physics or a related subject and suitability will be assessed on an individual basis.

Course modules

H-level physics modules: thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; quantum physics ii; radio and infrared astronomy; advanced theoretical techniques; fluids and plasmas; stellar physics; modern optics; mathematical physics and computational q mechanics; experimental techniques; atomic physics; molecular simulation; special and general relativity; cosmology; electron in solids; analysing the nanoscale and magnetism; intro to quantum computing; professional skills iii and physics project. M-level physics modules: astrophysical plasmas; electron microscopy; high performance computing; advanced quantum mechanics; nuclear physics ii; plasmas physics for fusion; physics and application of semiconductor devices; EM theory; fluid dynamics; magnetism and magnetic materials; nanophysics; nuclear astrophysics; radiation and matter; molecular biophysics.

Assessment methods

Assignments, unseen examinations and reports.

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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 4,980 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
Graduate Diploma Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Telephone number: 
01904 324000