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Visiting students: postgraduate applications

We'll guide you through the application process from creating your account to submitting your application. Contact us if you need any further help.

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Visiting students: postgraduate taught applications

Visiting students: postgraduate research applications

Visiting students: postgraduate research application

Postgraduate research periods should be in increments of one month. Departments prefer that the months start on the first of the month.

Research applicants

If you are applying as a research student, please contact the relevant Department before beginning your application to ensure that appropriate supervision for your project can be provided. You will be asked to provide the name of your preferred supervisor as part of your application.

You should complete the application form that's nearest to the dates you wish to study with us. You can give the actual dates in your application form. Postgraduate research students can apply throughout the year. Please select the date you wish to start when submitting your application. This will be confirmed with your department at the point of making an offer.

Application guidance

Create an account

You will need to create an account to start the application process and set yourself up as a new user. We'll then send you a confirmation email with your login details.

You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later. Remember that the UK uses the dd/mm/yyyy format for dates.

Taught students: list your department and modules

State both the department and modules that you wish to study in at York. We cannot guarantee that the modules listed will be available in each academic year, nor can we guarantee admission to particular modules at this point in the application process.

Research students: outline your research topic

If you're a research student, you will need to supply a brief outline of your research topic as part of your application. You will be asked to name your agreed supervisor as part of the application form.

Upload your reference(s)

  • Taught students do not require references
  • Research students need two academic references

Provide us with your referee's name and email address in your application.

Make sure you tell your academic referees that we'll be contacting them. See more below:

Upload your supporting documents

Documents required:

  • Current academic transcript
  • Bachelors degree transcript
  • English language certificate (if applicable)
  • Sample of written work (if applicable)

See the departmental requirements for specific details.

Please make sure you upload all the required documents because we're unable to process your application without them. Please note if your documents are not issued in English as standard, we will require certified translations of these documents before assessment of your application can begin.


Once you've completed the application, please save and submit. The admissions team cannot access an application until it has been submitted.

Once you've submitted your application, you will receive a submission email. You should get a response to your application within a couple of weeks. Remember, applications are not processed until all the necessary documentation has been received.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a ‘Welcome’ email asking you to log in to your You@York account, where you can view your offer letter.

Third party applications

We will also consider applications through third party providers. If you are an adviser submitting the application on a student's behalf, you must enter your email address in the 'New User' section of the application.