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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

Research applicants

If you are applying as a research student please contact the relevant University department before beginning your application to ensure that appropriate supervision for your project can be provided.

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.

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.

The form is broken down into sections - you don't have to complete the whole application in one sitting, but can save as you go along and finish later. Remember that the UK uses the dd/mm/yyyy format for dates.

Taught students: list your department and modules

State both the department that you wish to study in at York as well as a list of provisional modules. These should be added in the 'outline of studies to peruse at York' section of your application.

Taught postgraduate students may apply to study in one department or centre.

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 give a brief outline of your intended research topic and the name of an academic who has agreed to be your supervisor.

Upload your reference(s)

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

Arrange for your reference to be uploaded (provide us with your referee's name and email address in your application) or sent via email to

Make sure you tell your academic referees that we'll be contacting them. Download this letter to send to your referees:

Upload your supporting documents

Documents required:

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

See the departmental requirements for specific requirements.

Please make sure you upload all the required documents as we're unable to process your application without them.


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.

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Global Programmes
This email address is for questions relating directly to your application only, for all other questions eg Accommodation, Modules etc. please email

Contact us

Global Programmes
This email address is for questions relating directly to your application only, for all other questions eg Accommodation, Modules etc. please email