Research course

Plasma Science and Fusion Energy

University of York · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2:1 or international equivalent in the relevant subject. A fully completed application form, an official academic transcript and two academic references. You will need to supply the name of two academic referees whom we will contact directly for the references. Please mention on your application form that you are interested in the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training. 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 EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy, or Fusion CDT for short, will train at least 77 PhD students in disciplines related to fusion energy over 5 intakes (2014-2018).

The Fusion CDT has evolved from our previous, highly successful PhD training programme in fusion, called the Fusion Doctoral Training Network, or FDTN. Benefiting from £3.6M of funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC, this training programme is the result of a collaboration between five of the UK's top universities - Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and York - and world-class research institutes, including Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Central Laser Facility, National Nuclear Laboratory, AWE, National Ignition Facility, ITER and Fusion for Energy, as well as industry such as Frazer-Nash and AMEC.

Students have access to a range of fusion energy facilities across the UK, including the Central Laser Facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the MAST and JET tokamaks at Culham in Oxfordshire, advanced materials research facilities, the Orion laser and high performance computing facilities. International links provide access to many other fusion devices around the world.

The combination of world-leading experts and world-class facilities creates an outstanding training environment for the next generation of fusion scientists - the generation who will exploit ITER, NIF and other international experiments to make fusion energy a reality.

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
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 322241