University profile

York St John University

2023/24 edition

About York St John University

Are you ready to embrace new opportunities? To meet our world's challenges and make a real impact on the extraordinary times we live in? Then get ready to immerse yourself in a different type of place. A place with tailored learning built around your interests and ideas. A place to contribute to leading research and a place to fulfil your potential. We are York St John University and we've been changing lives through education since 1841.

Great reasons to start your Postgraduate study at York St John University:

  1. Our first-class reputation. We are first in the UK for overall student satisfaction for postgraduate research experience (PRES 2018).
  2. We carry out research that matters. Our research tackles real issues and has a positive impact on peoples' lives.
  3. In 2019 The Sunday Times named York the best Northern city to live in. Our campus is right at the heart of this historic and friendly city.
  4. We offer flexible learning – with most of our courses available part time. We believe education is for everybody. That's why our postgraduate courses are accessible to everyone, whatever your circumstances.
  5. With us it's personal. Every learning journey is different. That's why we get to know you as an individual and support you in achieving your personal goals.
  6. We are part of our community. From delivering theatre workshops in prisons to working with local sports teams, we give back to the city we call home.


Our city-centre campus combines heritage with advancement. Victorian architecture meets the latest technology, helping you to push the realms of what's possible. From state-of-the-art learning rooms to a dedicated Graduate Centre which provides specialist study spaces for postgraduate students, we've invested over £40 million in our campus over the last five years to bring you the perfect environment to study, relax and take on the big ideas and challenges which are shaping our future.

We will also be opening our new Creative Centre which will house study spaces, listening rooms, editing studios, laboratories, a 200+ seated auditorium and lecture theatre. A place for you to study, be inspired and bring your ideas to life.

Academic brilliance

At York St John University we are invested in making a difference. Our inspiring academics are at the forefront of research shining a light on the environmental risks in Africa, exploring new theories in understanding and supporting autistic children, and analysing the influences of video games on addiction. Join our supportive network of researchers and find innovative solutions to the world's contemporary questions.

Clear on career

In a world that is changing fast, how ready do you feel for what comes next? We can help you be future-ready. We give you the support and opportunities to explore what comes after your Postgraduate degree.

Every person's career path is unique and our dedicated LaunchPad Team are here to help you kick-start your career. By offering everything from LinkedIn and CV sessions to a tailored employability journey for every student we can help you to achieve your ambitions.

The Enterprise@YSJ programme offers support, resources and events to help you develop your entrepreneurial ideas. Our team provide a wide-ranging offer of support to help you develop your entrepreneurial ideas and turn them into viable enterprises.

This support doesn't stop when you graduate, as a York St John University Alumni, you can always access career support from our LaunchPad Team.

York St John University has been a profoundly unique experience which has provided me with countless incredible opportunities, the best of which has been the community experience I’ve had whilst studying. The University’s passion to make everyone feel welcome and its extensive range of community projects and student support make the University a pleasure to be at.

Gabriella Flockton: MA Applied Linguistics: TESOL

Welcome to York

Our campus is located at centre of York, a city steeped in history.

York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, has been the centrepiece of York's skyline since 1080. Celebrate your graduation here and be part of its history.

York Minster is the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, it has been the centrepiece of York's skyline since 1080. It's just a stone’s throw away from York St John University and where our students have celebrated their graduation for many years.

The streets in York are lined with a mix of independent shops and cafes, well known highstreet stores and plenty of restaurants. The city also hosts an annual calendar of festivals that showcase local talent and the history of the region. These include the renowned Aesthetica Short Film Festival, the Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedy Festival, York Literature Festival, York Chocolate Festival and the JORVIK Viking Festival.

Fancy a weekend away? York is ideally situated in North Yorkshire, close to national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty and dramatic coastlines. If you prefer an urban getaway then direct train lines to Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh can get you there.

London calling

Our campus in London means we can offer you even more. Located in Islington, just moments away from the world-famous Barbican Centre and just two stops from Kings Cross station on the London Underground, our second home - The Glasshouse - gives you the chance to get the best of both cities.

You'll have the opportunities to benefit from our link with the capital, including the option of taking part in talks, visits and industry-led skills modules at our London campus. Some of these are course specific and others are available to all students. It's all part of our commitment to helping you take on the big ideas and challenges which influence the 21st century workplace.

A place to call home

We know it's important to love where you live, that's why we help you find the right accommodation for you whilst studying for your postgraduate degree.

The majority of our postgraduate students choose to live in privately rented accommodation whilst they study. We ensure all of our students have access to a high standard of accommodation, and are treated fairly by their landlords, by partaking in YorProperty, the local council's voluntary landlord accreditation scheme.

Our University accommodation includes studio apartments and shared flats or houses. They’re all within one mile of the campus, have WiFi access and 60% are ensuite. Whilst most of our accommodation is rented by Undergraduate students, you can also apply for a place. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee that you would be sharing exclusively with postgraduate students.

How to apply

Apply online. Unlike with undergraduate degrees, we accept applications directly through our own website rather than through a central system. You will find an application link on each of our course pages. Depending on your course you may be invited to interview, or we may make a decision based on your application alone.

Contact details

York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
YO31 7EX
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