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Why York?

Be inspired by academics who are experts in their field

Whatever your motivation for study, York offers an extensive range of courses taught by pioneering staff. The combination of our excellent teaching, outstanding facilities, and training and development opportunities will help you be successful in whatever you want to achieve.

10th for research impact

Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)

Russell Group member

one of 24 research-intensive UK universities

A global community

Over 2,000 research students from across the globe

Creating opportunity

Deciding where to do your Masters, or in fact whether to do one in the first place, is a big decision.

A postgraduate qualification from York can act as a springboard to a new or advanced career. Based on your undergraduate study, you might want to specialise further before entering the job market. Or perhaps you're a professional looking to take your expertise to the next level. Maybe you're looking to change career, or progress onto a PhD. Whatever your motivation is for committing to postgraduate study, at York we can help you achieve your goals.

Students exploring postgraduate study and career options at the Russell Group Postgraduate Study Roadshow.

Global reputation

York is one of the success stories in UK higher education. Founded in 1963, we are one of just a handful of post-war universities to have appeared in the world top 100, consistently achieving a high ranking in the UK.

We're also a member of the Russell Group, a partnership of 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and excellent links with business and the public sector.

Research-led teaching

We're one of the world's premier institutions for inspirational and groundbreaking research. In the most recent assessment of UK research (REF 2014) we were 14th overall and 10th* for the impact of our research.

This research-rich environment feeds directly into our teaching. You will work with staff at the forefront of developments in their subject area, who are committed to extending these advancements to others through their teaching.

*Excluding all institutes that have submitted in three or less units of assessment.

Enhance your career

Competition for graduate-level jobs is becoming tougher as more of the workforce has an undergraduate degree. A postgraduate degree from York will give you a competitive edge by equipping you with the critical and creative thinking skills valued in today’s global marketplace and by encouraging you to develop an international outlook.

How we can help you enhance your career prospects

"I would never have got my current job without doing my Masters. Even though I'm now in a completely different field - it proved that I could work at this level. I love my job! I help lead the team here at OggaDoon in an international company that partners with world-leading innovative technology companies, start-ups, SMEs, and big corporates, both here in the UK and across Europe. I balance that with being a bestselling Amazon author under the name Emily Murdoch - in medieval historical fiction, of course."

Emily Perkins, Creative Content Manager, OggaDoon (MA in Medieval Studies)

Supporting you

You'll have access to a range of support to help before, during and after your time at York, ensuring that you have the best possible learning experience.

This support is not limited to but includes:

  • Academic skills support - develop a range of skills to help you succeed in your studies
  • Open Door - support for students experiencing psychological or mental health difficulties
  • Disability Services - advice and support for students with a long-term health condition or disability
  • Student hub - guidance and support with practical matters
  • Togetherall - support for mental health and wellbeing
  • Careers and Placements - opportunities that will expand your study and prepare you for your career.

Find out more about our support services

Graduate life

As a postgraduate student at York, you'll have access to our independent student-led organisation, the Graduate Student Association (GSA). Our team of elected officers will help you to make the most of your time at York.

You'll also be able to become a part of our postgraduate-only college, Wentworth Graduate College, even if you are living off campus. As a member, you'll be included in all of the activities and events hosted by the college.

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