Find out how and when to apply to a research degree at York (PhD, MPhil and MA/MSc by research). Discover what happens after you apply.
Top tip - apply early and make sure you check the funding deadlines. If you're an international student, it's best to apply at least three months prior to your intended start date to avoid any delays in applying for your accommodation and/or visa.
1. Identify a research area of interest
Read extensively around your subject and think about how you can best capitalise on your skills.
Find out whether our departments offer an advertised project which fits your interests. If you’re generating your own research project, seek guidance on its suitability and find out about funding opportunities.
2. Check the entry requirements
Typically you’ll need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second-class (2:1) honours degree and, in some cases, a Masters degree. Actual requirements vary by course.
If you're an international applicant, you may also need to consider some additional factors including:
- English language requirements
- Visa requirements, including how to get your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).
3. Contact a potential supervisor
Decide which academic to contact to discuss the research area you are interested in.
4. Check the application deadlines
In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.
5. Complete your application
Submit an online application. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
If you're applying to an advertised project make sure you follow the specific instructions.
We’ll let you know which documents you need to supply at the start of your online application. This will include a research proposal. You can prepare in advance using our supporting documents guide.
You’ll receive a quicker response from us if you apply online. However, if you are unable to do so, you can submit a paper application.
6. After you apply
Find out what happens after you've applied, including how to:
- track your application
- upload additional supporting documents
- accept your offer.
7. Apply for funding
You normally need to have received an offer before you apply for funding, so be sure you check the funding application deadlines. They usually fall between January and March.
UK Government loans: you may be entitled to a loan to help fund your research degree.
8. Get ready for your arrival
Now is the time to research your accommodation options and start planning for your arrival.
We consider all applications in a fair, transparent and consistent way. Find out more about our admissions policy.