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Working alongside renowned experts, you'll play a key role in pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field.

Our research degrees allow you to focus in depth on a piece of independent and original research, and give you the chance to uncover knowledge that can change people's lives.

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Why York?

As a research student at York, you'll be part of a dynamic, world-class university. You'll collaborate with pioneering academics, across disciplinary boundaries, on discoveries that can make our world a better place. You'll be supported by your department and our Graduate Research School every step of the way to ensure you can make an impact.

More reasons to choose York

York helped me develop my critical thinking and analytical skills in a creative environment with state-of-the-art facilities. My training also helped me become an independent researcher and prepared me for my current role.

Dr Wei He Lecturer in the Department of Biology, Northwest University, Xian, China (PhD Biology)​

 Centres for doctoral training

PhD students are an integral part of our research community and many students join us as part of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), or Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

Each year we award over £7m of studentships through UK Research and Innovation.

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We are here to support you throughout your time at York to ensure that you make the most out of your learning experience. As a postgraduate student, you'll have access to a range of support that will help you with your wellbeing and academic life.

Our York Graduate Research School looks after our research student community. They offer a wide range of support including mentoring schemes, research skills training and help with university processes such as funding rules and submitting work. You will also have access to peer-to-peer support activities and career development support with our dedicated postgraduate research careers consultant. The School will help to ensure you receive consistently high quality supervision and training.

The Building Research and Innovation Capacity (BRIC) Team provides support and development opportunities for you to excel in your chosen field.

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