University of York

University of York


Research in the Department of Physics, at the University of York, spans a wide range of exciting fields in fundamental, cross-disciplinary and applied physics. A student will be working on their own research project, with the support of other postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff in their research group and participate in seminars and outreach activities. 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

A minimum requirement of 2:1 in an MPhil 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. If you're 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're applying to.

Assessment methods

At the end of the 1st year, students are required to prepare a dissertation on their research topic. If this and the assessment on the 1st 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 Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Full-time July 2017 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 - 2 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Full-time July 2017 - 2 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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Postgraduate Administrator
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