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Department of Physics Entrance Exhibition Centre Concourse

Visit and Interviews Days

Interview Days are specifically aimed at those of you who have applied to study in the department. If you wish to see the University more generally then visit the main Open Day website.

After your UCAS application has been assessed, applicants are invited to attend a Department Interview Day where you will be interviewed by a member of academic staff. Upon completion of a successful academic interview an offer will be determined taking into account both feedback gathered at interview and information from your UCAS form.

Student Programme

During your visit you will have the opportunity to find out more about student life in the Department of Physics and have the opportunity to speak with our current student ambassadors and academic staff members. 

"I really enjoyed getting a more relevant and in depth tour of the Physics Department and the campus. The interview was also really interesting and enjoyable."

2019 Applicant

Our Interview Days take place on Mondays during term time so you can get a real feel for what it is like to study here, we hope any visitors who are able to travel early are able to enjoy visiting York before your visit and are able to take advantage of the many festivals and activities that take place during the weekends.

Venue: Department of Physics, Exhibition Centre
Start Time: 11:00am
Optional Tour: 10:00am
Finish Time: 3:45pm

 10.00 Optional Pre-booked Activity
To book your place please see the Physics Laboratory Session tab
 10.50 Registration in Exhibition Centre concourse
 11:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Department of Physics
Dr Andrew Higginbotham, Senior Admissions Tutor
 11:30 Student Life
Department of Physics Student Ambassadors 

The following activities may vary in order depending on your group allocation. We will provide a tour of the Campus as we walk to the following activities.

12:00 or 12:30  Lunch 
College dining room hosted by Physics Student Ambassadors
1:00  Interview with Academic staff
1:30 Tour of the Undergraduate Laboratories
2:00  Visit to the University Library and AstroCampus / Visit to the Department of Mathematics or Philosophy for those applying for combined degrees / Session for Theoretical Physics applicants.
2:30 Refreshment break (Subject to timings)
3:00 Mini Lecture
3:30 Complete Questionnaire and Depart

If you would like any further information on the day please contact or call +44 (0)1904 322 241.

Guest Programme

"I really appreciated the personal touch - the number of students and staff that were around to talk to.  Excellent range of talks and very informative.  Well organised."

2019 Guest

Any visitors or guests wishing to visit the Department during our interview days are welcome to join our separate Guest Programme. Guests will be giving the opportunity to speak with existing student ambassadors and staff as well as tour the campus and department.

For any guests wishing to explore the city or campus further, city guides and information will be available on our registration desk in the Exhibition Centre.  

Venue: Department of Physics, Exhibition Centre 
Start Time: 11:00am
Finish Time: 3:45pm


10:00 Early registration for applicant optional Physics Laboratory Session
10:30 Optional Guest Tour 
Take a tour of our Department Undergraduate Laboratories
11:00 Welcome and Introduction to the Department of Physics
12:00 Buffet Lunch in the Exhibition Centre 
Hosted by Department of Physics Academic Staff and Physics Student Ambassadors
12:30 Optional Tour of Undergraduate Laboratories 
With Ian Helliwell, Teaching Laboratories Manager
1:10 Campus Tour  
Department of Physics Student Ambassadors
2:10 Refreshment break (subject to timings)
2:30 University of York Talk 
Student Recruitment and Admissions Office
3:00 Mini Lecture
3:30 Complete Questionnaire and Depart


If you would like any further information on the day please contact or call +44 (0)1904 322 241.


Department Interview Advice: 
Interview Advice for Visit Days (PDF , 388kb)

‌Here in the Department of Physics at York we interview all promising undergraduate applicants. This helps us to get a better picture of you as an individual to help us in our selection, and enables us to discuss your choice of degree programme with you. We will ask you general questions regarding your application.

  • The individual interview part of the Visit Day typically takes 30 minutes and will be held in a member of staff’s office.
  • During the interview, you will be asked some general questions about your application and technical Maths and Physics questions.
  • We interview for two reasons, to check that York is right for you and to check that you are right for York.

It also gives us a better idea of your abilities and personality as paper can be misleading. We are not assessing your fashion sense, so 'smart casual' dress is fine, please wear whatever feels most comfortable

Physics Laboratory Session

Students working in pairs attempting to complete and write up an experiment in the teaching labratories.

Before each interview day we also offer our applicants the opportunity to join a hands-on physics laboratory session with one of our academics. This activity starts at 10:10 and lasts for 50 minutes.

Places for this activity are limited and offered on a first come first served basis. Due to restrictions on laboratory space these tours have been restricted to applicants only, however refreshments and department tours are available for guests who choose to stay in the Exhibition Centre.

Please note that our offices are unmanned during the weekends so we are only able to confirm whether a place in this activity has been booked for you if your request reach us before 3pm on the Friday before your interview.

Please email to book your place

Visiting York

‌View of the bars and the Guildhall along the river from Ouse Bridge in York. Credit

The Visit York visitor mini guide is also available to view online

For those wishing to visit the city centre there is a host of attractions, museums, galleries, cafes and shops to explore. Further information on the city of York can be found on the University's web pages: The City of York. For any visitors wishing to stay on campus the University Conference service offers on site Bed and Breakfast accommodation. To search the latest vacancies for your stay please visit the York Conferences website.

Further information on planning your journey or stay including the latest exhibitions and events in York can be found on the Visit York website – York's official visitor information service. 

If you’re looking for inspiration our Student Ambassadors have also recommended some of their favourite things to see and visit in York:

“Visit Museum Gardens it contains the York Observatory which is the oldest working Observatory in Yorkshire. York also contains lots of lovely pubs and bars my favourites are The Lowther, Stonegate Yard (great for food) and Evil Eye- Johnny Depp’s favourite bar, or so the legend goes.”
Rebecca, Third year student

“I enjoy going out to restaurants. The Shambles is a great place to visit as well, full of old-style shops and markets stalls that sell everything, including homemade fudge.”
Dominic, Third year student

“Walk the City walls, it’s a great way to get to know the city and get your bearings. York has a great selection of pubs - 365 one for every day of the year! And weekly markets in the city centre.”
Sammy, Second year student

Maps and Directions

University of York Postcode: YO10 5DD 

The Exhibition Centre is located centrally on campus overlooking the lake nearby to the Roger Kirk Centre and Central Hall buildings. Further information on getting to and around the department, including maps and directions can be found on our travel pages or by viewing our campus map and travel guides links. 

If you are traveling by train: We suggest you take the UofY66 bus service. To find the bus stop, exit the railway station through the main entrance and cross the zebra crossing directly in front of you to exit the covered area. Once you are outside, cross a second zebra crossing to a small island where you can catch the UoY66 bus to campus. Please leave the bus at the University Library stop.

If you are traveling by car: Please note that Parking on campus during term time is extremely limited so we would recomend to use public transport wherever possible or, alternatively, park at the York Sport Village (YO10 5FG) and travel to Campus West using the 66A service going towards Campus West. Please leave the bus at the University Library stop and follow the instructions below.

Please note that travel between both campuses is free but visitor parking is on a pay and display basis (see the campus map for locations). Parking costs around £1.30 per hour or £8 per ten hours, and is free at weekends and between 6pm and 8am. You can pay using coins or with a mobile phone via For parking off Campus, the RingGo app is easy to use and the City of York Council now uses RingGo across all of their pay and display car parks. 

There are disabled parking spaces in all University car parks.

Walking from the University Library stop to the Exhibition Centre: After you leave the bus at the University Library stop, please cross the road and walk south towards the University lake. Once there you will see Central Hall on your left, which is a diamond shaped building at the edge of the water, cross the lake using the bridge at the back of Central Hall, turn right and you will have reached the Exhibtion Centre and the Department of Physics.

For further information on planning your travel route and for help getting around York please visit i-Travel York for further information on route and transport options.

If you have any queries regarding traveling to the University please do not hesitate to contact the department at or 01904 322 241.‌



‌‌View the University's prospectus online, or request a paper copy‌‌‌‌‌‌.


Dr Andrew Higinbotham

Dr Erik Wagenaars

Department of Physics
University of York
York, UK
YO10 5DD

Phone: +441904 322241