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Teaching and research quality

York is one of Britain's most highly regarded universities and is a member of the Russell Group. We were:

  • 1st in the UK and 7th in the world in the Times Higher Education world rankings of universities less than 50 years old (Times Higher Education 100 under 50 for 2013)
  • in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education 2013/14 World University rankings
  • 12th overall in the Complete University Guide 2013
  • 8th out of 159 higher education institutions in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  • 11th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014


Undergraduate programmes at York offer a wide range of options, giving you the opportunity of concentrating on areas of your subject that particularly interest you, or that fit in with your future plans.

There is a flexible approach to teaching methods, which are tailored to the particular demands of individual subjects. Many programmes include an element of tutorial teaching. You may also be taught through seminars (larger groups of ten–25) and lectures. Projects where you work either on your own or in a small group are a feature of many programmes. Many modules feature online resources supported by our Yorkshare Virtual Learning Environment.

Combined programmes

At York we offer a number of programmes that allow you to combine the study of two or three disciplines.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods differ from department to department. Some have no traditional examinations; others use a mix of these, plus coursework assessment, open papers, extended essay papers, dissertations and project work and, in some cases, assessment of oral contributions in tutorials.

Your study environment

The University is a stimulating place to study and provides excellent learning resources to support your academic work.

A lecturer giving a tutorial

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