MSc Fusion Energy Open Afternoon

Friday 6 July 2018, 1.00PM to 16:00

If you are thinking about doing an MSc, have you thought about fusion energy? Fusion is the process that powers the stars and, in particular, our own star, the Sun. If we can achieve fusion here on earth, then the world's energy problem will be solved. It is not easy though: the fuel has to be contained at ten times the temperature at the centre of the Sun! At this temperature the fuel takes the form of an ionised gas, called a plasma. Understanding how to hold this plasma in these extreme conditions, without damaging the components of the reactor is what fusion research is all about. 

Our 12-month Master's course provides a firm foundation in fusion physics. It is an ideal course to prepare students for a PhD in fusion energy or for employment in fusion laboratories. In addition to the lecture courses, you will be introduced to the skills in computational and experimental plasma physics essential to Fusion research (and highly valued in today’s knowledge-based economy). The MSc culminates in a major research project. Projects can be based here at York Plasma Institute or there is also likely to be opportunity to undertake your project at an external organisation, such as Culham Centre for Fusion Energy or Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. 

An open afternoon will be held at York Plasma Institute on Friday 6th July 2018 from 1.00 to 4.00p.m. If you think you might be interested in the MSc in Fusion Energy, please book a place and come along to find out more. 

The agenda for the afternoon will be as follows: 

ime Description
1.00 to 1.15p.m. Introduction from the Course Director (Dr Kate Lancaster)
1.15 to 2.00p.m. Sample lecture
2.00 to 2.30p.m. The Student Experience 
2.30 to 3.00p.m. Coffee and cake and discussions
3.00 to 4.00p.m. Tour of the York Plasma Institute Laboratories 

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To book your place on the open afternoon please complete this google form.

Location: York Plasma Institute, University of York