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Applying to York

Thank you for your interest in graduate study at York. We'll guide you through the application process.

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 course finder to view the full range of taught and research programmes that we offer.

Please contact the relevant department directly if you require further information about a particular programme.

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

  • For entry in 2015/16: from 10am on the 29 September 2014
  • For entry in 2016/17: from 10am on the 28 September 2015

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 noted on the course pages.

Apply early

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.

Staged recruitment

The following departments operate multiple recruitment rounds for applicants.

  • Economics and Related Studies
  • Education
  • The York Management School
  • Psychology

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

How to apply

Online applications

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

Supporting documents and requirements

  • 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 UK Visas and Immigration) 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've applied

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

You@York contains lots of useful information, and will provide the answers to many of your queries, so remember to take advantage of it!


Once you have submitted your online application via Select, you will normally receive an acknowledgement email the next working day. This email will confirm your new nine-digit application number that you should quote in all correspondence with us, and also full details of how to access You@York.

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 take part in an interview; this may be in person, via telephone, or video conference.

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 You@York.

You can update your contact address, email address and telephone number at any time 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 applicants.

  • Economics and Related Studies
  • Education
  • The York Management School
  • Psychology

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

Please be advised that a decision on your application may be delayed if supporting evidence and suitable references have not been received.


Offer letters will be available for viewing, printing, and downloading from You@York.

As we endeavour to be environmentally friendly, offer letters will not be printed or posted to you.

Received a conditional offer?

If your offer is conditional, the conditions of entry will be included in your offer letter. You will be able to upload further supporting documents via You@York 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.

Received an unconditional offer?

If your offer is unconditional from the point of initial decision (or once you have met all of the conditions of your offer) we will send you an unconditional offer letter.

Your unconditional offer letter will be available to view, download, and print via You@York.

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 You@York.

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.

You will not normally be required to pay a deposit prior to you taking up your place. For further information on fees and when to pay please visit our Fees and funding pages.


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) 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 You@York and consult the 'Your Tier 4 Visa' section. You will need to upload a copy of your passport at this stage.

Please note: we will not issue a CAS to an applicant until their offer is unconditional and firmly accepted, and no more than six months prior to the start of their programme (e.g. for applicants entering in September 2015 we will start to issue CAS's from April 2015).

Please see the following advice from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) with regards to applying for your visa:

"Students are strongly advised to read the information on the UK Visas and Immigration 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 student visas please consult our Immigration Advice Service


To be eligible to apply for University accommodation you must hold an unconditional offer and have accepted your place. Applications for accommodation can be made from April 2015, and the accommodation guarantee deadline is Friday 7 August 2015.

If you still need to provide evidence of any outstanding academic or other conditions, you must do so by Friday 31 July 2015, to allow the Postgraduate Admissions team sufficient time to process your remaining conditions.


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.



Enrolment for September 2015 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.

Who to contact

Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

Sign-up for a Virtual Open Day to find out more about postgraduate study opportunities at York.

  • Tuesday 25 November 2014, 3pm - 5pm: Arts & Humanities
  • Wednesday 26 November 2014, 3pm - 5pm: Social Sciences
  • Thursday 27 November 2014, 3pm - 5pm: Science & Engineering

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  • track the progress of your application
  • upload additional supporting information
  • update your personal details

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