University profile

University of York

2018/19 edition

About University of York

York is a high-performing, research intensive Russell Group university and one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research.

Global reputation

  • Our focus on teaching and research excellence has resulted in consistently high rankings in the UK and a first-class reputation across the globe.
  • In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017 we are in the world top 100 for Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences and Social Sciences and we are 28th in the league of the world’s most international universities.

Research excellence

  • In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) York was ranked 10th for research impact (excluding institutions which have submitted fewer than four units of assessment).
  • Eight of the University’s academic departments were ranked in the top five for their subject while 12 were in the top ten in terms of research impact.
  • We believe passionately in research-led teaching and our outstanding programmes help students develop skills needed for success in a competitive global workplace.

Our campus

  • Our beautiful, green, self contained campus is located just outside York city centre and offers an excellent environment to live and learn.
  • York is ranked the safest of all universities in England and Wales in the The Complete University Guide 2016 – top 10 universities in England and Wales with low crime levels table.
  • We have invested over £500m to expand our campus and give students access to world-class teaching and learning spaces, laboratories and research facilities.

Study at York

  • We have a range of taught and research programmes in arts and humanities, science and social sciences.
  • We’ve designed our courses so that you get the most from your time working with teaching staff or studying on your own.
  • You’ll study and learn with leading academics who are carrying out pioneering research.
  • We are home to a large number of world-renowned research institutes, centres and facilities which act as a focus for interdisciplinary research.
  • Our extensive University Library is open 24/7 and includes over 1,200 study spaces with flexible options for single or group study.
  • Our online and distance learning courses allow you to study flexibly, anywhere in the world.
  • We offer opportunities to study or work abroad.
  • York Graduate Research School looks after our community of more than 2,000 research students from around the world. The School works with all departments and support services, ensuring you receive consistently high quality supervision and training.
Study at York

Your career

Graduate life

  • Over 16,000 students currently study at York, and of those around 4,000 are on a postgraduate courses or research programmes. This makes for a diverse postgraduate community supported by our college system. You will be a member of one of our nine colleges throughout your time here.
  • We are able to offer an excellent range of accommodation on or close to campus. There is also a wide selection of private sector housing available within walking distance of campus.
  • We offer a network of support services designed to give all of our students easy access to help and support.
  • Our vibrant, student-friendly city, is renowned for its rich history and heritage.
  • The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) offers professional, confidential and specialist advice and opportunities to all postgraduate students, as well as running a dedicated postgraduate welcome week, regular events, trips and free sports. The GSA has also set up a number of postgraduate networks. These run regular social events to allow you to meet new people, make friends and share ideas.
Postgraduate community

York Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

Considering postgraduate study at York? Have all your questions answered in one place during our Postgraduate Virtual Open Days. Events run across our three faculties, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences and will be held in June 2019.

  • Chat online with academic staff from our departments
  • Watch talks on financing your studies and student life or watch a 'taster' lecture
  • Speak to our accommodation, admissions and student support teams
  • Talk to current students and applicants in our Student Lounge.

Find out more information

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Upcoming Subject Events

From April to August, many of our academic and support departments organise subject-specific events about postgraduate study at York. You'll have the opportunity to chat online with academic and support staff as well as current postgraduate students and find out what It's like to study at York. Find out more.

Masters Taster Events

Come and visit us on campus for a taster of some of our taught Masters degrees. Our Masters Taster events are a great chance to find out about masters degree study, your options and how staying on to take a Masters at York can benefit you. Find out more.


There are a range of postgraduate awards offered at the University of York from scholarships directly funded by the University to those funded by UK Research Councils. There are also scholarships supported through generous donations from Alumni as well as a number of other smaller schemes. The types, funding and numbers of awards for postgraduate students change every year according to the type of opportunities available. Furthermore, a number of academic departments have their own departmental scholarships that students can apply for.


Find out how to apply here.

Contact details

+44 (0) 1904 324 000
University of York
YO10 5DD
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