Entry requirements

A minimum entry requirement is a lower second 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're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of York now provides a taught MSc in Fusion Energy, in response to an international need to train physicists for this recent growth in fusion energy research activity. This 12-month Master's 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 two 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.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322241