As a visiting student at York you'll be fully integrated into academic life at a world-class, research-led university. Find out what you can study here.

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught Masters

Our courses are delivered in a series of modules which focus on a specific subject.

  • As part of your application you must identify which modules you'd like to study.
  • Each module is worth a set number of credits.
  • You should make sure that your module choices give the right number of credits for your chosen period of study. Your home university will confirm how many credits you will need.
  • You can study with us for one or two terms, or the full academic year (three terms).
  • You'll receive academic credit for modules (equivalent of 40–60 credits per term) that can count towards your full-degree at your home institution. You'll also receive an academic transcript at the end of your studies.
  • If you're joining us an undergraduate student you may have the option of choosing modules in more than one teaching department (timetable allowing).

Throughout your course, a member of your host teaching department will act as your supervisor. They will advise you on your academic progress and can help with your personal development, or signpost you to other services within the University.

If you're not sure what we mean by undergraduate and postgraduate you can find out more about studying in the UK and the different degree types.

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • You should normally have completed at least one year of study at your home university before coming to York, although most students have completed two years.
  • You must state your relevant experience and familiarity with the subject in your application.
  • You must also meet the academic entry requirements specified by your chosen department which are listed below.
  • If English is not your first language, you may also be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability.
  • If your home university is in the USA, you should be studying at the level equivalent to GPA 3.

Postgraduate entry requirements

You should be studying at postgraduate-level at your host university.

If English is not your first language, you may also be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability.

Postgraduate research

You can spend part of your research degree at York undertaking full-time supervised research as a visiting student, before returning to your home university to complete your degree.

You'll have the same level of support for your research as other research students at York. This includes a specialist supervisor who you'll meet with regularly to discuss your progress. You may also take optional skills training and professional development courses and have the opportunity to teach or take part in public engagement activities.

You should contact the relevant academic department before beginning your application to ensure that appropriate supervision for your project can be provided.

Modules, additional entry requirements and contact details

An outline of a module content, aims and outcomes can be found on our Module Catalogue.

Archaeology

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

As part of your online application you will need to provide a personal statement to explain your level of familiarity with archaeological method and theory. You should also reference previous study and fieldwork experience.

If you're applying from the US

Most US students will find that first year modules are most suitable. This is due to the differing traditions of American and British archaeology and because of York’s emphasis on Europe.

Suitably qualified students will be admitted to second or third year modules. Admissions tutors will decide whether you would be more suited to first, second or third year modules based on information supplied in your application.

Postgraduate taught entry requirements

As part of your online application you will need to provide a personal statement to explain your level of familiarity with archaeological method and theory, including reference to previous study and fieldwork experience.

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Undergraduate
Dr Andre Colonese
andre.colonese@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Janine Lyon
janine.lyon@york.ac.uk

Department of Archaeology

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Biology

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

There are entry requirements for most third year modules. Please refer to online module descriptions for details.

You'll need to show that you have sufficient knowledge and experience to study in the department at the required level. Most UK students have spent two years studying Chemistry and Biology intensively to a reasonably advanced level.

Module choices

  • If you'd like to study modules from more than one academic year or department, timetabling constraints will affect which modules you can choose.
    • Module codes indicate the stage/year: C is stage 1; I is stage 2; H is stage 3; and M is stage 4.
    • Choosing modules from the same stage will reduce the chance of timetable clashes.
  • Some modules are only available to students on a Biochemistry course.
  • You must include your module preferences (including the module codes) in your application, otherwise it will be rejected.

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Undergraduate
Erasmus+
Dr Michael Plevin
michael.plevin@york.ac.uk

non-Erasmus
Dr Katie Smith
katie.smith@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Monica Bandeira
bioaway@york.ac.uk

Department of Biology

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Chemistry

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

You must have studied chemistry at your home university and have received training in basic laboratory techniques. A number of modules require that you have met certain entry requirements, details of these are available on request.

If you're applying from the US

If you're from a US university or college and are spending your Junior year abroad, you will find that first and second year modules are at an appropriate level.

If you'd like to study modules from more than one academic year or department, timetabling constraints will affect which modules you can choose.

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Undergraduate
Dr Angelika Sebald
angelika.sebald@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Alice Duckett
chemgrad@york.ac.uk

Department of Chemistry

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Computer Science

Modules

Entry requirements

Acceptance on all modules requires you to have studied to an acceptable level in the subject.

Module choices

If you'd like to study modules from more than one academic year or department, timetabling constraints will affect which modules you can choose.

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Undergraduate
Dr Leandro Soares Indrusiak
leandro.indrusiak@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Eugene Campbell
eugene.campbell@york.ac.uk

Department of Computer Science

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Economics and Related Studies

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

In your application you must show that you have the relevant academic background for studying the modules you wish to take.

Acceptance on all modules requires you to have studied to an acceptable level in the subject.

Module choices
  • First year modules cover the basic principles of economics, statistics and economic history. These modules are open to visiting students with adequate background and are particularly suitable for students who have not studied the subjects previously.
  • Courses offered in the autumn term are usually examined in January all other examinations take place in the summer term. If you cannot take the examinations at this time you may not be admitted to these modules.
  • If you'd like to study modules from more than one academic years or departments, timetabling constraints will affect which modules you can choose.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Normally you will need to have to have a first degree in economics or equivalent.

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Dr Anindya Bhattacharya
anindya.bhattacharya@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate administrator
Katie Walton
katie.walton@york.ac.uk

Department of Economics and Related Studies

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English and Related Literature

Modules

Undergraduate

Entry requirements

Your application should include a sample of recent written work in English on a literary topic, previously submitted as part of a literature course (at least 1,500 words).

You should be majoring in, or to have an adequate background in English or American literature at your home university. If you do not have sufficient experience in the subject you may be required to take first year modules rather than second year modules. 

Module choices
  • If you're studying a single-subject in the Department for two terms or more, you'll normally be expected to take 40 credits of Period Module study over the duration of your stay.
  • You'll be encouraged to take Period Modules during your first term of study, these modules enable you to have a clearer historical grounding before you go on to more specialised study. If you wish to take special modules during that term you should state your reasons in your application when listing your course choices.
  • Some topic modules at Levels 1 and 2 require a prior knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Entry to most special modules is restricted (for both home students and visiting students). So we recommend you enquire about the availability of special modules before you apply.
Literature and Language Modules and Foreign Literature Modules

Most of the Literature and Language modules and all of the Foreign Literature Modules assume a prior qualification in the language they focus on. These languages include Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Italian and Spanish. You must have attended equivalent preparatory courses at your home institution or be able to demonstrate that you've reached a suitable academic standard.

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Undergraduate
Dr James Williams
james.williams@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Sarah Pickwell
sarah.pickwell@york.ac.uk

Department for English and Related Literature

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History

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

You must have completed some History modules at your home university. If you wish to come to York for part of the year, you can apply for either the Autumn Term or Spring and Summer Terms. Spring term or summer term only is not possible. We offer the following modules for visiting students:

Autumn:
  • Histories and Contexts modules (x2)
Spring and summer:
  • Explorations (x2)
  • Thinking through History 1 and Thinking through History 2

For more information see options for visiting history students.

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Undergraduate
Shae O'Rourke
history-international-officer@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Caroline Mead
history-pg-enquiries@york.ac.uk

Department of History

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History of Art

Modules‌

Undergraduate entry requirements

All non-European applications should be accompanied by a sample of recent written work in English on a relevant topic, previously submitted as part of a History of Art course (at least 1,500 words).

Module choices

Previous History of Art study is usually required for more specialised Stage 2 modules. You'll also normally be expected to be majoring in a humanities subject at your home university.

Many modules have a limited number of places available so please apply as early as possible. Include your preferred module(s) in your application.

  • Stage 1 modules are introductions to the History of Art and its methods.
  • Stage 2 modules offer a more focused seminar experience led by our staff in groups of no more than fifteen students.
  • You can take Stage 1 lecture courses (The Materials of Art and Architecture or Reinventing Antiquity) or Stage 2 seminar courses (subject to availability of places).
  • Courses that run over the spring and summer terms cannot be divided.

Find out more about BA History of Art.

Postgraduate entry requirements

All non-European applications should include a sample of recent written work in English on a relevant topic, previously submitted as part of a History of Art course (at least 1,500 words).

You should also have a background in History of Art or a related subject.

Find out more about postgraduate study in History of Art.

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Undergraduate
Jeanne Neuchterlein
jeanne.neuchterlein@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Fiona Watson
history-of-art@york.ac.uk

Department of History of Art

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Language and Linguistic Science

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

You must upload a personal statement written in English (approximately 500 words). This should give details of:

  • your background in Linguistics at university, school and elsewhere
  • the Linguistics modules/classes you've have taken at your home university and the subject areas covered in those modules/classes
  • indicating your main areas of interest would also be useful.

This statement will help us judge whether you meet the requirements for our modules and it allows us to help you choose suitable modules.

Module choices

Our first-year modules begin in the autumn term, and last until the middle of the summer term. They are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars. Some second and final year linguistics modules may also be taken if you meet the entry requirements for those modules and there are places left.

We also offer modules in French, German and Spanish Language and Society, but these are only available to visiting students who are not native speakers of the language and who have reached the appropriate proficiency in the foreign language. In most cases a test will be necessary to judge whether you meet the entry requirements for a language degree module or not. Alternatively, if you are here for the full academic year, you can take ‘Languages for All’ modules instead.

On arrival at York, you will be expected to discuss and finalise your module choices with your supervisor before registering their modules with the Departmental Administration Manager. Modules cannot be registered before this supervisory meeting.

Postgraduate

If you'd like to study at York as a postgraduate student, you should contact the department to find out which postgraduate modules are available.

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Undergraduate
Nadine Saupe
nadine.saupe@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Geoff Kraus
geoff.kraus@york.ac.uk

Department of Language and Linguistic Science

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Law

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

You must be studying Law at your home university.

Postgraduate entry requirements

You must hold a Law degree from another university.

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Louise Prendergast
louise.prendergast@york.ac.uk

York Law School

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Mathematics

Modules

Courses offered in the autumn term are examined in January. All other examinations take place in the summer term. If you cannot take the examinations at this time you may not be admitted to these modules.

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Undergraduate
Dr Dimitri Pushkin
mitya.pushkin@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Heather Cork
heather.cork@york.ac.uk

Department of Mathematics

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Medieval Studies (postgraduate only)

Modules

Please contact the department for more information on module choices and research possibilities.

Postgraduate administrator
Brittany Scowcroft
brittany.scowcroft@york.ac.uk

Medieval Studies

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Music

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

Your application should be accompanied by:

  • a sample of recent written work in English on a relevant topic, previously submitted as part of a Music course (at least 1,500 words)
  • either a recent composition and/or an audition CD/DVD or link to You Tube etc. clip

Some modules are not suitable for visiting students, as preparation takes place in the previous academic year. These include:

  • Chamber Music
  • Composition 2 (as you would normally need to have passed the Composition 1 module. Exceptions can be made if you can demonstrate a comparable level of skill).

Our modules are popular so you should apply early, listing the module(s) you wish to take as well as second-choice alternatives.

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Gilly Howe
gilly.howe@york.ac.uk

Department of Music

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Politics

Modules

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Undergraduate
Dr Alejandro Pena
alejandro.pena@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Liz O'Brien
liz.obrien@york.ac.uk

Department of Politics

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Politics, Economics and Philosophy (undergraduate only)

Modules

Autumn term:

Spring term:

Other modules are available through the Departments of Politics, Economics and Related Studies, and Philosophy.

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Prof Werner Bonefeld
werner.bonefeld@york.ac.uk

School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy

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Psychology (undergraduate full academic year only)

Modules

You can only study psychology at York as a visiting student if you attend for the full academic year. You can choose from first year modules only and examinations will be held in the summer term.

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Dr David Pitcher
david.pitcher@york.ac.uk

Department of Psychology

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Social Policy and Social Work (undergraduate only)

Modules

Undergraduate entry requirements

Your application should indicate any particular areas of interest relating to social policy, issues relevant to children and young people or criminal justice. Students with a background in social science and/or public policy will be particularly welcome.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Your application should indicate areas of interest relevant to current programmes.

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Undergraduate
Rachel Morris
rachel.morris@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Antonios Roumpakis
antonios.roumpakis@york.ac.uk


Department of Social Policy and Social Work

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Sociology

Modules

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Undergraduate
Nisha Kapoor
nisha.kapoor@york.ac.uk

Postgraduate
Carole Nicolson
carole.nicolson@york.ac.uk

Department of Sociology

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Women's Studies (postgraduate only)

Contact the Centre for Women's Studies for more information.

Erasmus
Dr Ann Kolaski-Naylor
ann.kolaski-naylor@york.ac.uk

Administrator
Harriet Badger
harriet.badger@york.ac.uk

Centre for Women's Studies

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