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How to apply

You can apply for taught masters courses and research degrees using our online application system. Due to competition for places we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

All applicants

All applicants

Before you apply, please read this guidance thoroughly so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

1. Check that you meet the entry requirements

Taught courses (MSc, MA, PG Dip, PG Cert, MRes)

Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees combined with relevant professional experience and/or vocational qualifications. Actual requirements will vary by course.

Postgraduate courses

Research degrees (PhD, Phil, MA/MSc by research)

Typically you would need an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). We recommend that you visit departmental research pages and contact potential supervisors to discuss the research areas you're interested in. This will help to ensure a proper match between you and your prospective supervisor.

Academic departments

International applicants

If you're an international applicant, you may also need to consider some additional factors including English language requirements and applying for a visa.

Additional information for international applicants

Step 2: Check the application deadlines

Apply early

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.

If you're applying for funding you normally need hold an offer, so make sure to check the funding application deadlines. They usually fall between January and March.

Multiple recruitment rounds

The following departments hold multiple recruitment rounds for some applicants:

  • Education (international applicants)
  • The York Management School (international applicants)
  • Psychology (all applicants)

Opening and closing dates

Step 3: Apply online

2016/17 entry

2017/18 entry

For 2017/18 entry, you can apply from Monday 19 September 2016.

UCAS applications

If you're applying to one of the following courses you must apply through UCAS, rather than our online application system:

Supporting documents

You need to provide supporting documents alongside your application. The required documents vary by course. Once you've chosen a course we'll tell you which documents to provide. You can upload supporting documents during your application and after submission.

Supporting documents

If you're unable to apply online, you can submit a paper application. Although we recommend you apply online where possible, as decision and response times are significantly longer for paper applications.

Paper applications

International applicants

International applicants

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you may be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability to the required level, in addition to any academic entry requirements.

English language requirements

Country-specific entry requirements and accepted qualifications

To ensure the qualifications you are studying or have studied are considered suitable for entry to York, please check the relevant country-specific information.

Country-specific information

International foundation pathways

For some of our masters courses, if you do not meet the entry requirements you can prepare via a Graduate Diploma at Kaplan International College (KIC) London. If you successfully complete the course to the required level you will be guaranteed a place on your chosen postgraduate degree at York.

Graduate Diploma at KIC London

Students requiring a Tier 4 student visa

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will be issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which is required as part of the visa application process.

How to request a CAS
  • You'll be able to request a CAS via You@York (go to the Your Tier 4 Visa section).
  • You can request a CAS if you have accepted an offer (either conditional or unconditional). We will only issue a CAS once your offer becomes unconditional and you have accepted the unconditional offer.
  • You will need to upload a copy of your passport at this stage.

CAS statements for entry in September 2016 will be issued from April/May onwards.

Tier 4 (General) student visa (

After you've applied

After you've applied

After submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement email the next working day. It will contain your application number, which you should quote in all correspondence with us.

Track your application

You can track the progress of your application, upload additional supporting information and update your contact details online. 

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The selection process

Your application will be assessed by the appropriate department. For some courses, we may ask you to take part in an interview; this may be in person, by telephone, or by video conference.

We aim to respond to applications within six weeks of submission, normally sooner. For some courses and at busy times, you might have to wait longer for a response.

If you're applying to a course which has multiple recruitment rounds, check the response times.


If we make you an offer, your offer letter will be available online. To help protect the environment, offers will not be printed or posted. There are two types of offer that you might receive from us:

  • An unconditional offer - we are satisfied that you meet all of our entry requirements
  • conditional offer - there are some criteria we need you to meet before you can start your course

If you've received an unconditional offer

If your offer is unconditional (or once you have met all of the conditions of your offer) we will send you an unconditional offer letter. Your offer letter will be available online to view, download, and print.

You can only hold one unconditional offer with us. If we make you an offer for two courses, you will need to decide which one to accept.

If you've received a conditional offer

If your offer is conditional, the conditions of entry will be included in your offer letter. Our offer conditions typically fall into three categories:

  • Academic
  • Language: If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability.
  • Reference conditions

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Uploading supporting documents

You can upload further supporting documents to meet the conditions of your offer online.

You do not need to wait until you have evidence that you have met all of your conditions before uploading what you have. If you do not meet the original conditions of your offer, please upload your documentation anyway, as we may be able to reconsider you.

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We will acknowledge receipt of these documents by email and let you know of any outstanding conditions on your offer.

Once you have met all the conditions of your offer, we will email you confirming this, and an unconditional offer letter will be available online to download and print.

Accepting or declining an offer

If you're offered a place, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer.

Please notify us of your decision at the earliest possible opportunity. Some courses have response deadlines. Where these are applicable, full details will be included in your offer letter.

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Any questions?

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+44 (0)1904 322142


You can track the progress of your application, upload supporting information and update your contact details on You@York:

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