Taught course


University of York · Department of Physics
MPhilPhD by taught

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 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

January, October, July, April

Course content

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).

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
24 months

PhD by taught

full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322241