Find out how and when to apply to a Masters and other postgraduate taught courses at York (MSc, MA, PG Dip, PG Cert, PGCE, Graduate Diploma and MRes). We'll also explain what happens after you apply.
Top tip: apply early and make sure you check the funding deadlines.
1. Choose a course
Decide which course you'd like to study.
2. Check the entry requirements
For postgraduate taught courses (MSc, MA, PG Dip, PG Cert, PGCE, Graduate Diploma and MRes) you would typically need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1). However, some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees (2:2) combined with relevant professional experience and/or vocational qualifications. Actual requirements vary by course.
Are you an international applicant?
You may also need to consider some additional factors. This could include providing evidence of your English language ability or finding out about visa requirements. If you don't meet our Masters entry requirements, you may be able to prepare via our Pre-Masters programme at our International Pathway College.
3. Check the application deadline
In most cases, applications can be submitted throughout the year. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive. You'll also need to hold an offer to apply for funding in most cases.
Multiple recruitment rounds
The following courses hold multiple recruitment rounds:
- PG Certificate Health Education for Health Care Professionals (all applicants)
- MA in Education (international applicants)
- MA in Accounting and Financial Management (international applicants)
3. Explore your funding options
If you’re applying for funding, you normally need to hold an offer, so be sure to check the funding application deadlines.
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 one of the following courses you must apply through UCAS:
- MA Social Work (course information)
- Start your application to MA Social Work (ucas.com)
- PGDip Nursing (Adult) (course information)
- Start your application to PGDip Nursing (ucas.com)
- PGCE courses (course information)
- Start your PGCE application (apply through UCAS Teacher Training)
Once you start your application, our online system will confirm which supporting documents and information you'll need, such as an academic reference. Supporting documents can be uploaded during your application and after submission. 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.
5. After you apply
Find out what happens after you've applied, including how to track the progress of your application and how to accept your offer.
6. 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.