Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-application queries


Am I eligible to apply for the higher degree programmes in the Department of Education?
Please see the following web page for details of eligibility:
Do I need teaching experience to apply for the MA in TESOL?
You do not need to have work experience in teaching English or a first degree in English, although any prior experience would be beneficial.
How do I apply?
You can apply online at:
Is there a deadline to apply?
There is no official application deadline for the programme, however, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. For those applicants who will need to get a visa to study in the UK we advise applying at least 6 weeks before the start of the next programme to allow time for processing of the application and for applying for a visa. Applications received after 1st September cannot be processed in time for the forthcoming academic year and will automatically be considered for the following academic year.
What are the term dates?

Please see the following web page:

What are the English language requirements?
Please see the following web page:
Do you provide pre-sessional English language courses?
For those students whose first language is not English, there are a range of courses run by the Writing and Language Skills Centre.
What are the tuition fees?

Please see the following web page:

Are there any scholarships available?
For details of scholarships please see:

Post-application queries

When will I be notified of the decision of my application?

Once your application has been received it will be assessed by the programme leader.  We will aim to make a decision within 6 weeks of submission, normally sooner.  This does not apply to the MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) where multiple  recruitment rounds are in operation. 

Once you have submitted your application you will be given access to 'You@York' (our applicant portal) where you will be able to track the progress of your application; upload additional supporting information; and update your contact details.  If you are offered a place you will be asked to accept or decline the offer via You@York.

How do I accept my offer?

The fastest way to accept your offer is by using the online offer acceptance process via You@York.

Is there a deadline to meet the conditions of my offer?

No, although you would have to have met the conditions before the start of the programme.

I have not been able to meet the English language requirements. Can I postpone my offer to next year?

It is possible to defer.  Please contact the Admissions Office to request a deferral: (

After I have submitted my application how can I provide additional documents to meet the conditions of my offer?

Please upload additional documents via 'You@York' (our applicant portal).

I have sent documents to the University to meet the conditions of my offer. How long will it be before I receive the unconditional offer?

The University is experiencing a high volume of applications for graduate study and it may take some time for the Admissions Office to process your documents.  If you need the unconditional offer urgently you should telephone the Admissions Office on +44 (0)1904 322142.

How do I apply for a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)?

You must first accept an unconditional offer before you can request a CAS via 'You@York' (our applicant portal).

Further information is available at the Student Recruitment and Admissions web pages.

How do I apply for campus accommodation?

If you have accepted an unconditional or conditional course place with us at York you can apply now for accommodation. Further information is available at:

How do I pay tuition fees and can I pay in installments?

Please see 

When does the full-time Masters commence?

Please see term dates.  Welcome Meetings for the Masters programmes take place on the Monday of 'week 1' in the autumn term.  Welcome Meetings and other departmental induction events will be entered on your online timetable.  Various optional welcome fairs will take place at the University in the previous week, but you do not have to be in the Department until Monday of week 1.

What date should I arrive at the University?

You should aim to arrive at least two or three days before the beginning of term to give yourself time to be refreshed for the first sessions on Monday of 'week 1'.  See term dates.

There will be various University welcome talks and events taking place during the previous week which you may like to attend. These are optional.

How do I enrol?

All new students are required to enrol at the start of each academic year. Students holding unconditional offers will be contacted by Registry Services with further details. You can enrol online before arriving on campus

Do I need to buy text books for the course?

It is not essential.  The books you need depend on the modules you take.  The module handbook includes recommended literature for each module. All the books you will need will be in the library, either as hard copies or e-books.


Further information for international students

Current student queries

How do I get an official letter confirming my registration?

Official letters such as certification of study; introduction to a bank; support a post-study work visa, can be requested from the Registry Services Office by applying online at:

How do I get an official transcript?

PGCE questions

Do you offer a PGCE Primary course?

No we do not. To find out which institutions do, please visit the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) and click on the "Course Search" option.

How do I claim my bursary?

If you have enrolled online and completed your bank details as part of this, you will be paid automatically.

When do I get paid my bursary?

On the first Friday of induction week, and then the first Friday of each month. The final instalment is paid in June.