Careers and Placements
At York, we have a vibrant community of 5,000 talented postgraduate students. Not only do our postgraduate students have a range of specialist skills and knowledge to offer your organisation, but many have also undertaken professional work experience in their chosen field alongside their studies.
Many of our postgraduates represent an international community that is incredibly diverse and our students have different motivations for undertaking postgraduate study. These include:
The availability of our postgraduate students will vary depending upon the type of course that they are undertaking:
Click the following links to find out more about what our postgraduates are looking for from employers, and also when the most suitable time to engage with them is.
Find out what our postgraduate student, Esther, said about her Masters degree.
Our postgraduate taught students are seeking a range of opportunities that will enable them to apply their specialist knowledge and skills and gain valuable work experience that will help them advance their career after graduation. Depending on their programme of study, our postgraduate students may be seeking:
When are our taught postgraduates available to work?
Course start date
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Course completion date|
|January||January- March||April- June||
July-January (with a two week Christmas break in December)
The final term of postgraduate courses is dedicated to completing a dissertation or research project. This means that most postgraduate taught students look for work experience that is flexible and able to fit round their studies, for example a part-time internship or placement.
Our postgraduate research students are not ruled by the same term dates as our Postgraduate Taught students and therefore are seeking opportunities all year round.
York postgraduate students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week if they are a full-time student. Part-time postgraduate students may be able to work longer hours. Please be aware that international postgraduate students will also have requirements to meet against their tier 4 visa.
If you would like to advertise your opportunities to our postgraduate taught students, please see the information about advertising your vacancies on Handshake.
Our postgraduate research students specialise in a range of disciplines across our three faculties:
While working alongside world-renowned academics in their field, our postgraduate Researchers are at the forefront of new ideas and innovations and their skills can help employers develop new services, enhance quality and identify potential new markets.
In addition to this, some postgraduates endeavour to use their innovative skills to start their own business, while other students are keen to pursue a career in academia and research.
When are our postgraduate research students available to work?
The majority of our Postgraduate researchers start their courses in September, but others begin in January. This means that there is no ‘fixed’ course completion date and as a result, our researchers seek opportunities all year round. Availability in terms of hours of work may depend on the terms and conditions of their research agreement. Our postgraduate research students seek opportunities that are flexible and can fit around the academic commitments.
If you would like to advertise vacancies to our postgraduate students, please see the information about advertising vacancies through Handshake.
At York, we offer a wealth of opportunities for organisations to engage and work with our postgraduate students and these are outlined in our employer brochure. These include:
Contact the Employer Engagement and Events Team to discuss how you can engage with our postgraduates and how we can support your recruitment needs.