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How to apply

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in the Department of Biology at the University of York. We are proud of our status as one of the UK’s elite university biological sciences departments as measured by our high rankings for both research and teaching. If you wish to submit an application please read the information below.

Before you apply

Applications for taught and research programmes are made via our "Select" (our University's Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our online system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it. We do not require you to provide a sample of written work.

If you are applying for a research degree, prior to submitting an application check our academic staff considering self-funded research students and email the prospective supervisor a two-page CV to explore if your academic background/experience would be suitable for their lab. 

Academic requirements

Students applying for postgraduate study in our Department should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). If you are an international student please check the minimum requirements for your country or region.

Language requirements

If your first language is not English you will need to show evidence that you meet our English language requirements:

  • IELTS: (Academic): 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each section
  • PTE: 61, with no less than 55 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 169 in each component
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65, with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components



To submit your application please click on the appropriate programme from the list below. This will take you to 'Select' the University's online application service:

Taught Masters:

Research Degrees - Start date: 1st day of the month agreed with supervisor

Applications welcome all year round unless stated otherwise in the project description.

After you apply

Once your application has been received, it will be assessed by the appropriate prospective academic supervisor. As part of the selection process you will be asked to attend an interview, or take part in a interview via skype, when you will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to the panel. After assessment, you will be notified whether or not your application has been successful. If you are successful, you will be able to view, download, and print your offer letter via the "Application Tracker". We will aim to respond to your application within six weeks of submission. At busy times, you might have to wait longer for a response.

If you have any queries about how to apply or or wish to enquire about the status of your application please contact