Delve deeper into the fundamental forces of nature and deliver specialised research that addresses the complex problems of today’s world.
Why study physics at York?
At York, we're at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement that has real-world impact. In collaboration with national and international partners, we investigate key areas, from fundamental particle research to designing next-generation fusion reactors.
Our well-established industrial links enable us to translate our research into solutions for societal challenges and maximise the impact of our work. With these links, we continuously engage in knowledge exchange and have seen many innovative products brought to fruition. We work collaboratively with industry leaders such as Seagate, JEOL, Toyota, Intel, AWE and Smith & Nephew. Through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, we have worked with SMEs such as Kromek and MM Microwave. Our reputation in research has led to collaborations with major facilities including Diamond Light Source, CERN, FAIR facility and RIKEN.
Our academics are working on a wide range of projects suitable for research students to join.
Our physics research is ranked 13th in the UK according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021).
Committed to equality
We are proud to hold an Athena Swan Silver award in recognition of the work we do to support gender equality in science.
- We make major contributions to subject-specific journals as well as multidisciplinary publications such as Nature group journals. Throughout the year we present new research developments at major international conferences.
- You'll be supported by the York-led White Rose Industrial Physics Academy; a dedicated resource to facilitate collaboration between students and industry.
- Throughout your degree, you'll complete a range of training activities, designed to develop your research techniques alongside transferable skills to enhance your employability.