About the Department

Department of Physics brochure

Welcome to the Department of Physics at York.

We are a department at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused around condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute.

We have benefited from substantial investment in our research groups to help them play a leading role on the national and international stage, collaborating with major research institutions and industries. Alongside this investment, we have developed a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that provide all our students with the skills to succeed in careers across a broad range of scientific, technological, and related disciplines.

Whether you are a potential academic or industrial partner, a prospective student, a science funding institution or other professional body – or simply have an interest in physics – I warmly welcome you to our Department and all of the work we do.

Professor Kieran Gibson
Head of Department

Newton's Apple Tree growing in the courtyard at the Physics Department, University of York.

Newton's apple tree

In a courtyard garden in the Physics Department, we have a grafted cutting from an ancient apple tree which still survives in Newton's garden at Woolsthorpe Manor, his birthplace in Lincolnshire. For further information about this wonderful tree, which bears fruit each Spring, please see A Brief History of Isaac Newton's Apple Tree.

I warmly welcome you to our Department and all of the work we do.”

Professor Kieran Gibson
Head of Department

Kieran is supported by: