A view of the interior of the Joint European Torus (JET) with (right) and without (left) a fusion plasma.

MSc in Fusion Energy (Taught)




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"‌Thank you for your interest in the MSc in Fusion Energy at the University of York.  Research into fusion, offering effectively limitless clean energy, is entering an exciting new era with several large facilities aiming to achieve the crucial milestone of net energy gain.  To cause sustained fusion reactions the fusion fuel must be heated to 100 million degrees and so the fuel is rapidly converted to plasma, which is an extremely challenging state of matter to confine and control.  The National Ignition Facility (NIF), located in Livermore, California uses the World’s most energetic laser to compress and heat a pellet of fusion fuel to 1000 times the density of solids, confining the fuel by its own inertia and producing energy gain.  The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is currently under construction in the south of France.  ITER (a tokamak) will use superconducting magnets to confine the plasma and is predicted to produce a 10 times net energy gain.  Both NIF and ITER are crucial steps on the way to fusion energy but there are still many challenges.  The University of York now provides a taught MSc in Fusion Energy, in response to the growing international need to train physicists to address these challenges.”

Dr Christopher Ridgers, Course Director, MSc in Fusion Energy

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Our MSc students go on to study and work both in the UK and abroad. Some of their stories about life during and after their studies at YPI can be found on our Student Destinations page.


The Programme

The Programme

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 where, under the supervision of world leading physicists at the York Plasma Institute, you will conduct cutting edge research in fusion.  During your study you will also have the chance to explore the many exciting areas of modern plasma research, for example: cutting-edge medical therapies utilising plasma jets and beams of laser-generated ions; plasmas as compact particle accelerators and next generation plasma space propulsion systems.  The Fusion Frontiers and Interfaces workshop, part of the MSc course, provides students an unrivalled opportunity to interact with world-class international fusion scientists, ensuring that the MSc in Fusion Energy is an excellent way to explore your interest in fusion and prepare for a career in this field.


Lecture Courses    Fusion Laboratory    Frontiers of Fusion   Research projects

How to apply

How to Apply

Entry requirements – a minimum of a lower second class Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in physics or a related discipline (e.g. Engineering, Maths).

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For more information about the course please contact the course director Dr Christopher Ridgers


Further information about funding and scholarships, in particular the new government loan scheme for UK students, is available here.



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York Plasma Institute
Department of Physics
University of York
York YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 324907