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Welcome to the Department of Physics. 

At York, you’ll be taught by our world-leading researchers, who are passionate about the fundamental and applied physics. You'll study the science behind big societal challenges, like climate change and public health, as well as exploring the nature of the universe around us, from quarks to neutron stars. Find out more about our courses and what it's like to be a student here with York Virtual Visit.

Dedicated facilities

Work with world-renowned physicists with access to unique facilities, like our Astrocampus and the York Plasma Institute. Our undergraduate laboratories are filled with experiments covering the full breadth of the topics taught on our courses.

Committed to equality

We are proud to hold an Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of the work we do to support gender equality.

Our courses

The Physics via OpenPlus scheme and foundation year course offer a route into physics if you have potential but you're missing qualifications.

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Free online courses

Delve into areas of current physics research and how they can shed light on the fundamental nature of the universe.

Explore what higher education is all about and learn tips for making the most of your university life and study.

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University of the Year shortlisted

“York is everything an outstanding university should be”

Find out how we made the shortlist for University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Our University of the Year nomination

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