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Taster Days and Subject Conferences

Taster Days

Taster Days give Year 12 and mature students the opportunity to find out about subjects they could study and the careers to which they might lead. You'll take part in three mini-lectures, meet our staff and students, hear about student life and tour our campus.

Taster Days take place in March each year. Online bookings open in spring.

Subject Conferences

Subject Conferences give Year 12 and mature students the chance to explore a particular subject in depth and have a taste of what it is like to study at York. The day includes lectures, some practical workshops, a campus tour and the opportunity to talk to staff and current students.

Upcoming events

Subject Conference: Philosophy

13 June 2016, 10am - 3.45pm

The day includes:

  • A welcome to York talk
  • A keynote talk from leading academic Nigel Warburton
  • Lectures from research academics in the Department of Philosophy
  • In-depth discussions in seminar sessions 

An optional campus tour begins at the end of the day.

Please bring a packed lunch or money to buy food.

Book tickets

Deadline for applications: Monday 6 June 2016

Subject Conference: Psychology

22 June 2016, 10am - 4pm

Our Psychology subject conference will provide an exciting look at the mind, brain, and behaviour. It includes taster lectures on current research, hands-on practicals and demonstrations, as well as the chance to speak with current students about their experience as undergraduates.

Conference posters

You are invited to conduct a research project and showcase this in the form of a poster at the conference. Ideally these projects should be conducted in groups, with students leading from beginning to end.

Find out more

Subject Conference: Chemistry

6 July 2016, 9.30am - 4pm

The day includes:

  • A keynote lecture by a member of academic research staff from the Department of Chemistry
  • A tour of spectroscopic techniques
  • Molecular modelling workshop
  • Hands-on activities in our laboratories
  • Information about chemistry-related careers
  • Advice about applying for a chemistry degree
  • Opportunities to ask questions

An optional campus tour begins at 4.15pm

Please bring a packed lunch or money to buy food.

Book tickets

Deadline for applications: 27 June 2016

Who to contact

Please note: A Subject Taster Day is not a university-wide Open Day. Subject conferences are an insight into the subject areas and students will not necessarily get to visit facilities associated with their subject. Taster Days are solely for students or school/college groups - family members will not be able to participate in the programme.