PhD student visit to V&A, photo courtesy of Philippa Turner, current PhD student

Mature students

The department encourages applications from mature students to read History of Art at York at all levels and we have increasing numbers of mature students taking both our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Entry requirements

Where possible we expect prospective mature students to meet our entry criteria. However, we also aim to treat every applicant on his or her individual merits and to take into account particular circumstances and experience. Therefore, if you're interested in applying, but do not meet our entry requirements, please do get in touch with the appropriate admissions contact for the level of study you're hoping to undertake to discuss your circumstances. Should you go on to apply, please bear in mind that it is our policy to interview all mature applicants. 

More information for mature students:

Admissions enquiries


New students who wish to apply through UCAS should contact:
01904 324000

For questions specific to the History of Art course, please contact:

01904 322978


Susanna Broom, Postgraduate Administrator
01904 323483

If you are nervous about re-entering academia after a long break, remember that you have probably developed other skills that may prove surprisingly relevant.

Current MA student, June Card

A mature student, ill health caused my suspension for almost a year. The staff and tutors could not have been more helpful and continue to be so throughout the Department.

Current MA student, Rodney Anness

As a part-time mature student who doesn't live on campus, it's great how involved the department makes me feel and the opportunities I get.

Current PhD student, Louise Hampson

As a mature student I approached the course with some trepidation, however, the support and encouragement given by staff and fellow students has been superb.

Recent MA graduate, Marti Hall

From the very beginning my experience of the History of Art department at York has been one of sincere welcome, friendship, help and support.

Current MA by Research student, Joy Bailey