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Our research

Cutting-edge research reflecting an interdisciplinary ethos and commitment to excellence.

We seek to make advances in fundamental physics and shape the future of technology.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to research; we combine our expertise in physics with interests in chemistry, biology and mathematics. We explore physical phenomena across the entire spectrum of time and length scales, from macroscopic down to subatomic.

In collaboration with national and international partners, we investigate key areas such as fundamental particle research and designing next-generation fusion reactors.

We have strong industry links. We continuously engage in knowledge exchange and have seen many innovative products be brought to fruition.

We lead one of four UK Quantum Technology Hubs, with a total investment of £50m so far

Research strengths

Physicists at York are at the forefront of research in four key areas. 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.

Impact and engagement

Our well-established industrial links enable us to translate our research into solutions to real-world problems, maximising the impact of our work.

We work collaboratively with industry leaders such as Seagate, JEOL, Toyota, Intel, AWE and Smith & Nephew. Through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, we have also worked with SMEs such as Kromek and MM Microwave.

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Centres and facilities

We drive progress in science, industry and policy through our cross-disciplinary research centres and state-of-the-art facilities.

University research themes

The University's research themes are areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. Our research interests span a wide range of disciplines and with our strong partnerships across the University, we collaborate across three particular research themes to meet the challenges of today's society:


Search for research and browse publications in the York Research Database.

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Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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Early career researchers at York benefit from a dynamic research culture and excellent facilities.

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News and events

Read about our latest discoveries and find out about upcoming seminars and talks.

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