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Choose from almost 200 taught Masters courses and more than 100 research degrees across over 30 subject areas.

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Postgraduate study at York is about more than a higher qualification, a better career or a change of direction. It’s an opportunity to seek new connections, forge collaborations and push the frontiers of knowledge to make the world a better place.

We work with communities around the world to improve lives, gain cultural insights, track social changes and tackle inequalities. Our actions are informed and shaped by our rigorous research culture.

Today, the world faces pressing environmental, social and economic challenges. Our academic strength, combined with our collaborative approach, puts us in a unique position to take them on. If you’re ready to work for the common good, then let’s make a difference, together.

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10th (equal) THE's ranking of the REF 2021.

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Taught courses (typically Masters degrees) involve a series of modules delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and independent study, and may include a dissertation.

Research degrees (typically PhDs) allow you to conduct a comprehensive study of a particular topic. You’ll produce a piece of independent and original research, which you’ll write up in the form of a thesis or a dissertation.

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