The required documents vary depending on the course you're applying to.
We'll provide a list of required documents specific to your chosen course at the start of the application process. This guidance will help you to prepare in advance.
At a glance
Mandatory for all applicants:
- Academic transcripts
- Research proposal or outline of academic interests
- Two academic references Guidance for references 2019 (PDF , 27kb)).
Please note: not all courses have course-specific requirements.
- Samples of written work
- Personal statement
- Evidence of financial support
- Evidence of your English language ability
A transcript must be provided with your application before it's submitted.
If you've completed your studies
You need to provide copies of your degree certificates and formal transcripts of your academic record. This should include full details of the degrees, classifications, grades you've obtained and the modules/units you have taken.
If you have taken a qualification in a non-English-speaking country you must provide the documents in their original language, accompanied by a formally certified translation into English.
If you've not yet finished your studies
If you're still registered for your current course, or your undergraduate or postgraduate results are still pending, please provide an interim transcript of your results to date.
Any offer you're made will be conditional and subject to completion of the course concerned at a specified level.
Research proposal or outline of academic interests
If you're applying to a research degree, you should provide an outline of your proposed research topic. You must indicate whether you're interested in the work of a particular member of academic staff. Details of what to include in your research proposal will be provided during the application process. To help you prepare see our guidance for research proposals.
Two academic references
You will need to provide two references. You only need to supply the details of your reference at the point you submit your application. Your referees will be contacted automatically by email and asked to provide a reference for you.
This is an important part of the selection process, so it's in your interest to make sure that your referees are both appropriate and informative. You should provide an academic reference if you have graduated within the last five years.
If you do not provide an email address for a referee you must ask them to send us references directly and provide them with a copy of our Guidance for references 2019 (PDF , 27kb).
Some courses require a sample of your written work to further demonstrate your suitability. If you're required to submit written work, the details of what is required will be in the application form. To help you prepare see courses with written work requirements.
A personal statement can be included as part of your application. For some courses it forms a part of the assessment process. Details of what to include in your personal statement will be provided during the application process. To help you prepare see course-specific requirements for personal statements.
Curriculum vitae / resume
Your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume can be uploaded as part of your application to provide further information on your prior experience and qualifications.
Evidence of financial support
In most cases, you're not required to submit evidence of funding. A small number of courses require evidence, for example a bank statement or sponsor's letter. Where applicable you'll be asked to submit this as part of your application.
Proof of your English language ability
If English is not your first language you may be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability to the required level, in addition to any academic entry requirements.
If you've taken an IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge or Pearson English language test, please upload a copy of your certificate and we will verify your test scores with the respective provider. If you have taken a different test please upload a copy of your certificate but note that we may need to see the original at a later stage of the application process. These documents can be provided during the application process, and after you've submitted your application (via You@York: our applicant portal that you'll get access to after you submit your application).
We recommend the following file formats:
- Word (.doc or .docx)
- Acrobat (.pdf)
- text (.txt)
- Scanned documents should be provided as JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), Acrobat (.pdf) or GIF (.gif) files.
Each document must be less than 1MB in size.
Multiple page documents
If a document such as a transcript is more than one page long, it should be scanned as one file, eg a single PDF. It should not fill more than one of the document slots within your application, as there are only limited slots available.
We recommend you leave one slot empty to ensure you have space to upload your final versions, eg your final transcript and/or degree certificate.
If you need to provide us with further documents after you have submitted your application, you can do this via You@York.