Find out about your study options, our entry requirements and how to apply to York.

Your study options

We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the subject areas of arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences.

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International foundation pathways

Our international foundation pathways are for students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements for direct entry to their chosen undergraduate or Masters degree. They will help you to strengthen your study, academic and English language skills before you enter university.

Visiting students

If you're already studying at another university, you can apply to spend time at York as a visiting student (from one term to a full academic year).

Summer schools and short courses

If you're from a partner university you can join us at our summer schools and short courses (from one to sixteen weeks).

Applying and entry requirements

The application processes are different depending on the type of course you're applying to.

Undergraduate degrees

Applications to all undergraduate courses at York (such as BA, BSc and BEng) must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply independently or through an overseas agent.

How to apply to undergraduate courses

Entry requirements

You must meet our general entry requirements and course-specific requirements. You may also be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Foundation Certificate programmes

Students from some countries will need to complete a foundation course before joining a bachelors degree at York. The Foundation Certificate programmes in our International Pathway College in York or London will prepare you for study on a bachelors degree.

If you successfully complete the course to the required level you will be guaranteed a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. We also consider applicants from other foundation courses.

Postgraduate courses

You can apply online for taught postgraduate taught courses (MA, MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate) and research degrees (MPhil, PhD and MA/MSc by research). In most cases applications can be submitted throughout the year, however we recommend that you apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

How to apply to postgraduate courses

Entry requirements

You can apply independently or through an overseas agent. You must meet our general entry requirements and course-specific requirements. You may also be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Pre-Masters programme

For some of our Masters courses, if you do not meet the entry requirements you can prepare via our Pre-Masters programme in our International Pathway College in York or London.

If you successfully complete the course to the required level you will be guaranteed a place on your chosen Masters degree at York.

Pre-sessional English courses

We also offer a range of pre-sessional language courses which can be used for entry to degree-level courses. These courses provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer. You can apply online once you accept your offer. These courses are popular, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

The Centre for English Language Teaching also offers other courses that can help to improve your English language skills such as:

  • Study Speaking: develop your oral communication skills for presentations and discussions
  • Study Writing: improve your academic writing skills
  • English Language, British Life: develop your language skills while learning about life in Britain
  • Transcultural Communication: learn about communicating with people from other cultures.

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