Work Experience:
8th - 12th July 2019

Applications closed for 2019 

In year 12?  Interested in Physics?

This work experience week will give you a flavour of what it’s like to study at one of the highest performing institutions in the UK.  This is your chance to explore fascinating Physics topics and meet world-leading experts in their fields. 

  • Meet current undergraduate students and find out what it's like to study Physics at university
  • Attend lectures and conduct experimental work in our teaching laboratories
  • Interview academic staff and researchers to find out about cutting edge research 
  • Present your work at a showcase conference


Check out the questions below for more information, and apply here.  

How to apply: 

Please note that applications are now closed for 2019.  

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Leech (Physics Outreach Officer) on physics-outreach@york.ac.uk or phone 01904 32 2209.  

Useful Dates

Applications are now open for work experience in summer 2019.  

All applications must be received by 9am on Friday 22 March, and you will be notifed whether you have a place within one week of this date.  

The course runs from Monday 8th July - Friday 12th July.  

A full resource pack will be sent out one month prior to the start of the work experience week.  

Which year groups is the work experience open to?

The work experience programme is only open to students in year 12 during academic year 2018/19.  

We regret that we cannot offer work experience to year 10 or 11 students at this time.  

I live too far away to travel every day. Can I stay overnight?

This is not a residential programme.  You need to be able to travel to/from the University everyday.  

What topics will be covered?

Topics likely to be included are:

  • Plasma physics and fusion
  • Nuclear physics and astrophysics
  • Quantum communication technologies
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photonics
  • Biophysics

What are the timings of the work experience week?

We will start each day at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm, with a 2.30pm finish on Friday.  You must be able to attend for the full time and for all five days.  

Where will the work experience week be held?

We will meet each morning at the Department of Physics at the University of York.  A campus map is available here.  

How do I get to/from the University?

The 66 bus runs regularly from York train station and city centre to the campus.  Further information can be found here.

Please note that parking on the Unvieristy campus is pay-and-display and costs £1 per hour.  

Additional travel and transport information is available here: https://www.york.ac.uk/about/maps/

A small number of travel bursaries will be available.  These will be awarded on a case-by-case basis and will be offered if you are awarded a place on the work experience programme.   

How will places be allocated?

Places on this course are limited and will therefore be allocated after Friday 12th April, based on a combination of written responses and widening participation criteria.