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Applying to York

Thank you for your interest in graduate study at the University of York.

When you apply your application is processed by the Postgraduate Admissions Team. You can contact us at any time before or during the application process for help and advice.

Before you apply

Before you apply

If you require more information about the University before submitting an application, our Prospectus is a good place to start.

Use our programme listing to view the full range of taught and research programmes that we offer.

Taught degrees

Students applying for postgraduate taught programmes should normally have obtained at least a second class honours degree (or equivalent). You should be aware that some programmes require a higher academic entry requirement so please refer to specific programme listings and check the individual programmes.  

Research degrees

Students applying for postgraduate research programmes should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). For research degree applications, please ensure you have consulted the departmental research pages so you can identify research areas of interest and relevant academic supervisors.  This is to ensure a proper match between you and your prospective supervisor.




When to apply

Applications for entry in 2014/15: will be received from 10:00am on the 30 September 2013

Applications can normally be submitted throughout the year, however competition for some programmes is high so you should apply as early as possible.

Programmes with earlier submission deadlines will be annotated on our programme listing page.

The following Departments operate multiple recruitment rounds for Overseas applicants.

Economics and Related Studies

Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages only)

The York Management School

For further information on opening and closing dates for the above department please see staged recruitment round information.

In general, you should aim to apply early enough to allow sufficient time for successful applicants to provide evidence that they have met any conditions of their offer, to apply for accommodation, and relevant visas if travelling from overseas.

Overseas candidates and candidates in their final year of undergraduate study should apply as early as possible before the start of the academic year in which they wish to gain admission.

You should also refer to relevant deadlines for any funding bodies to which you are applying.

How to apply

Applications for taught and research programmes are made via "Select" (our Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it.

Once you have chosen a programme of study we will tell you which supporting documents you will need to provide alongside your application.

If you are not from a majority English speaking country (as defined by the Home Office)  you will need to show evidence that you meet our English Language requirements.

If you are unable to apply online, you can apply by submitting a paper application form. Please note that by making a paper application, decision and response times are significantly longer, so we would encourage you to apply online where possible.




After you apply

After you apply

Once we have received your application, you will be given access to "You@York" (our applicant portal) where you will be able to track the progress of your application, upload additional supporting information, and update your contact details.


Once you have submitted your application via Select, you will normally receive an acknowledgement by email the next working day. Your acknowledgement email will confirm your application number that you should quote in all correspondence with us, and also full details of how to access our application portal.

Assessment of your application

Once your application has been received, it will be assessed by the appropriate Department. For some programmes, you might be asked to attend an interview, or take part in a telephone interview.

After assessment, you will be notified whether or not your application has been successful. If you are successful, you will be able to view, download, and print your offer letter via the "Application Tracker".

If you change your address, please remember to update your details via You@York.

Response times

We will aim to respond to your application within six weeks of submission, normally sooner.

For some programmes and at busy times, you might have to wait longer for a response.

The following Departments operate multiple recruitment rounds for Overseas applicants.

Economics and Related Studies

Education (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages only)

The York Management School

For further information on opening and closing dates for the above department please see staged recruitment round information.

To ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible, please do not enquire until this time has elapsed.


Accepting or declining an offer

If you are offered a place, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer. This can be done via the Application Tracker.

Please ensure that you notify us of your decision at the earliest possible opportunity.

Some programmes apply response deadlines. Where these are applicable, full details will be included in your offer letter.

Conditional offers

If your offer is conditional, these conditions will be included in your offer letter. You will be able to upload further supporting documents via the Application Tracker in order to meet the conditions of your offer. We will acknowledge receipt of these documents by email and let you know of any outstanding conditions on your offer.

Unconditional offers (and what happens when you have met all the conditions on your conditional offer)

Once you have met all of the conditions (or if your offer is unconditional) we will send you an unconditional offer letter.  Your unconditional offer letter will be available to view, download, and print via the Application Tracker.



International students


International students requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number which is required as part of their visa application.

You will be able to request a CAS once you have accepted your offer. To do so, please log-in to your Application Tracker and consult the section 'Your Tier 4 Visa'. You will need to upload a copy of your passport at this stage.

Please note: your CAS will not be issued until you have accepted an unconditional offer with the University. If you have any conditions outstanding, you will be able to view details of these in your Application Tracker.

As your CAS is only valid for six months from the date of issue, we will begin to process CAS requests for applicants who have an offer that is unconditional and firmly accepted, and whose programmes are due to start in October in April of each year. For example for applicants who are due to start in September 2014, we will start processing CAS requests from May 2014 onwards.

Please see the following advice from the UK Border Agency with regards to applying for your visa:

"Students are strongly advised to read the information on the UK Border Agency website, apply for their Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from their chosen place of studies, and apply for a visa in good time. Students can apply for a visa up to three months in advance of their intended date of travel to the UK."

For further information on visas please see the Immigration Advice Service


To be eligible for University accommodation you must hold an unconditional offer and have accepted your place. Applications for accommodation can be made from June 2014, and the accommodation guarantee deadline is Friday, 8th August 2014.

If you still need to provide evidence of any outstanding academic or other conditions, you must do so by Friday, 1st August 2014, to allow the Postgraduate Admissions team sufficient time to process your remaining conditions.

For further information visit Accommodation.


Nearer the start of the academic year you will be sent a copy of the International Student Handbook which contains lots of useful information for students preparing to come to York. For further information visit international student support.



Please note: Enrolment for September 2014 will begin in early August and you will need to upgrade your IT account before you can complete the enrolment task. Full details will be included in the University of York joining instructions email that will be sent to you in early August.

All students are required to enrol each academic year. Full details will be provided in your enrolment pack.

For international students, the enrolment packs will be sent to your Academic Department to collect at the start of your programme.

For home and part-time students the pack will be sent to the home address that you provided on your application, from August onwards.

Further information about enrolment and the materials you will receive and need to return is available on our New Student website.

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