The documents you will need to provide may vary depending on your chosen programme.
If you have completed previous degrees you should include degree certificates and formal transcripts of your academic record, providing full details of the degrees, classes, grades you have obtained and the units you have taken. Documents not in English should be accompanied by a formally certified translation into English.
If you are still registered for, or your undergraduate or postgraduate results are still pending, please provide an interim transcript. Any offer you are made will be subject to completion of the programme concerned at a specified level.
We require two reports from academic referees. These are an important part of the selection process for postgraduate study. It is in your interest to make sure that your referees are both appropriate and informative.
As part of your application you will be asked to provide the names and contact details of two referees. If you include an email address, your referees will be contacted directly by automated email and asked to provide a reference for you.
If your referees do not have an email address, or prefer not to be contacted by email, we will assume that you have asked them to send us references directly by post or fax. Please provide them with Guidance for Academic References (PDF , 24kb)
You should also submit any written work specified for your programme.
If you are applying for a research degree, you should provide an outline of your proposed research topic, indicating whether you are interested in the work of a particular member of academic staff.
Specific details of what to include in your research proposal will be provided at the relevant point during the application.
Please ensure you thoroughly check your Research Proposal you paste into your application as you will be unable to amend this once you have submitted your application.
If you are not applying online and are submitting a paper application, please download and complete the following Word document and submit it along with your application.
Acceptance for graduate study does not imply that the University will provide financial assistance. The expectation is that you will make satisfactory arrangements before entry for your financial support, both for programme tuition fees and for living expenses, for the whole period of your proposed programme at the University.
Some programmes require evidence of available funding, for example in the form of a bank statement or sponsor's letter, as part of your application, and where applicable you will be asked to submit this as part of your application.
For applicants whose native language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level of 6.0 in the IELTS test, 79 in the internet-based TOEFL test, 51 in the Pearson test, A/B/C grades in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, or grade A in the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English.
Most departments, however, specify higher requirements than the University minimum. See English language requirements for full details of what your chosen programme requires. If you have already taken an English language test, please enter your test scores as part of your application. We can verify IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson scores online, but require documentary evidence that you have met the required standard in other tests. You may upload a scanned copy of non-IELTS/TOEFL/Pearson language certificates as part of your application, though we may need to see the original at a later stage of the application process.
A personal statement can be included as part of your application. For some programmes it forms a part of the assessment process, and where applicable you will be asked to provide this. Specific details of what to include in your personal statement will be provided at the relevant point during the application.
Please ensure you thoroughly check your Personal Statement you paste into your application as you will be unable to amend this once you have submitted your application.
Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume can be uploaded as part of your application in order to provide those assessing your application with further background information on your prior experience and qualifications.
Please note that once you have submitted your application you will get the opportunity to upload additional supporting documents via the Application Tracker in your You@York applicant portal.
You will be able to upload supporting documents during your application.
Preferred formats are:
Each document must be less than 1MB in size.
If a document (eg a transcript) is more than one page long, it should be scanned as one file (eg a single PDF) and should not fill more than one of the document slots within your application. As there are only limited slots available it is advisable not to fill up all the slots with interim or provisional supporting evidence as you may find it difficult to upload final versions (eg your final transcript and/or degree certificate).
If you need to provide us with further documents after you have submitted your application, you will be able to do this by logging back into your Application Tracker.