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How to apply

You can apply for taught courses and research degrees using our online application system. 

Before you apply, please read this guidance thoroughly so that you understand the various steps in the application process. Due to competition for places we recommend that you apply as early as possible.

All applicants

All applicants

Step 1: Find a course

Step 2: Check that you meet the entry requirements

Taught courses

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. Actual requirements will vary by course. 

Research degrees

For a research degree, such as an MPhil or a PhD, you would normally 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.

Step 3: 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 scholarships (particularly international applicants) you should also check those application deadlines.

Multiple recruitment rounds

The following departments hold multiple recruitment rounds for some applicants:

  • Economics and Related Studies (international applicants)
  • Education (international applicants)
  • The York Management School (international applicants)
  • Psychology (all applicants: UK, EU and international)

If you're applying to one of these departments find out about opening and closing dates.

Step 4: Apply online

You can apply now for 2015/16 entry using the online application system.

For 2016/17 entry, applications will open on 28 September 2015.

Provide supporting documents

You'll 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 supporting documents you'll need to provide. You can upload supporting documents during your application and after submission.

If you're unable to apply online, you can apply by submitting a paper application form. Decision and response times are significantly longer for paper applications, so we would encourage you to apply online where possible.

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.

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.

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.

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 2015 will be issued from April/May onwards.

Track your application

Track your application

Once we've received your application, you'll get access to You@York where you can track the progress of your application, upload additional supporting information and update your contact details.

What happens after you've submitted your application?

  1. You will normally receive an acknowledgement email the next working day. This email will tell you how to access You@York and confirm your new nine-digit application number, which you should quote in all correspondence with us.
  2. Your application will be assessed by the appropriate department. For some courses, you might be asked to take part in an interview; this may be in person, by telephone, or by video conference.
  3. We will aim to respond to your application 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.
  4. If we make you an offer, your offer letter will be available electronically via You@York. To help protect the environment offers will not be printed or posted.

Track your application

Responding to offers

Responding to offers

You can manage your offers and upload supporting documents on You@York.

Accepting or declining an offer

If you're offered a place, you will be asked to accept or decline the offer. This can be done via You@York.

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.

You will not normally be required to pay a deposit prior to you taking up your place.

If you've 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.

If you've 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.

Manage your offers on You@York

Any questions?

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 322142


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