Research course

Physics (by research)

University of York · Department of Physics
MSc by research

Entry requirements

For an MSc by research, the minimum is a 2.2 Honours degree, or equivalent, in physics or a related subject. 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

The MSc by Research is a rather unique one year programme which leads to a postgraduate degree. Students work full time on their own research project backed-up by a small number of taught courses and participation in the S.I.E.S.T.A. graduate seminar programme and the skills development programme.

The experience is like a first year of the PhD programme and indeed students can, subject to funding and available supervision, transfer to a PhD at the end of the MSc programme. In that case they only need complete a further two years for the PhD degree.

Our research groups include:

  • Condensed Matter Physics;
  • Nuclear Physics;
  • Plasma Physics & Fusion.

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 finance

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322241