Thank you for your interest in a postgraduate degree in Physics at York.
We are an active, friendly department in one of Britain's highest-rated universities for research and teaching. The University was named 'University of the Year' at the Times Higher Education Awards 2010. Our teaching was recently awarded 24 marks out of 24 by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. In the 2008 National Student Survey, York was ranked first out of all 24 physics departments in both the "Academic Support" and "Personal Development" categories. We also received the fifth highest score recorded for "Overall Satisfaction".
The UK's last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) has recognised the department's strength across its research groups, with 55% of its submission judged by an independent panel to be of internationally excellent or internationally leading quality. The department's success has contributed to the University of York's tremendous performance in the RAE, in which the University was ranked eighth out of 159 higher education institutions.
Our graduate programme is lively and expanding. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds. The University of York has won a national accolade, the Athena SWAN bronze award from the Royal Society for its commitment to women in science. Likewise, the Department of Physics has been awarded the Athena SWAN silver award and the Juno Practitioner Award by the Institute of Physics for demonstrating its action to address the under-representation of women in Physics. We hope that you will complete our online application form and, if possible, come to visit us.
The Department of Physics is growing vigorously, with an investment package during the last six years of 18 new academic posts, plus major new laboratoires and facilities including the York-JEOL Nanocentre, the York Institute for Materials Research, the new Plasma Institute and Astrocampus. Reflecting this, our research student numbers have doubled, providing an exciting, active environment for new postgraduate students to join.
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