Accessibility statement


A preliminary enquiry is essential. Before writing your research proposal, we strongly advise you to consult the list of staff research interests to identify and contact a potential supervisor(s). They will be pleased to give you advice on the feasibility of your research ideas, and to offer feedback on a draft proposal. If you are uncertain which staff member to contact, please ask Brittany Scowcroft ( for advice.

We recommend doing this as early as possible (at least two months before submitting your application), because applications for funding (see especially WRoCAH and Wolfson deadlines) normally require that you have already been accepted for a PhD. 

When making an application, candidates are advised to make their research proposals as specific and clear as possible.

Applications for research programmes should be made via our online application service. Your application can be completed in stages, as our system allows you to save your progress and come back to finish it later. Find out more on completing your research degree application

Applicants should have a good 2.1 or 1st-class undergraduate degree, or equivalent; applicants for the PhD should also have or be currently completing an MA degree, and we normally require an MA dissertation mark, where one is awarded, of at least 65 (as a bare minimum or equivalent (where 50 is a bare pass and 70 or above is a distinction)). Exceptions can be made for applicants with an unusual career profile, but who have substantial related experience. 

We offer a distance learning (DL) option for this PhD programme if you cannot live in York full- or part-time. As part of the application process, we will ask for justification for taking the DL option and will then assess the feasibility for this research programme.

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If you have any questions, please email Brittany Scowcroft (