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Teaching and learning

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Our world-leading academics design our courses to inspire and support you to graduation and beyond.

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of our subjects ranked first for 'overall satisfaction' out of the Russell Group universities included in the National Student Survey 2021.

"York helped me to develop my critical thinking and analytical skills in a creative environment with state-of-the-art facilities. My training also helped me become an independent researcher and prepared me for my current role"

Dr Wei He, Lecturer in the Department of Biology, Northwest University, Xian, China (PhD Biology, 2012)

Learn from our experts

At York you’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects.

Professor Nicky Milner

Uncovering ancient settlements

Professor Nicky Milner, Head of the Department of Archaeology, directed the world-leading Star Carr project in the North of England where recent excavations have uncovered evidence of a thriving Mesolithic settlement dating from around 9000 BC.

Students have written dissertations using data generated from the excavations, giving them the experience of working in a research team and initiating their own research.

Exploring human interaction

How humans interact with each other in conversation is the focus of research by Reader in Sociology Dr Merran Toerien.

When teaching, she uses recordings made in a variety of settings, from job centres to neurology clinics, to help students learn about how conversation analysis and how interaction unfolds.

Dr Merran Toerien

Professor Tom McLeish

Get to the heart of the matter

Professor Tom McLeish from the Department of Physics researches properties of 'soft matter', a class of materials that can easily be changed by stress. He's also Chair of Natural Philosophy which reflects his strong interest in interdisciplinary work across sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Tom works with students on projects ranging from looking at theoretical models of protein molecules to reviewing medieval texts.

Academics always have interesting discoveries to share from their latest research - this keeps lectures and seminars exciting and current. They also listen to student feedback and look for ways to constantly improve lectures. The high quality of teaching has enabled me to develop the ability to think critically and analytically.

Nicole, BA Education

Research-led teaching

Our global reputation for inspirational and life-changing research feeds directly into the teaching you’ll receive.

In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education, REF 2021) York was ranked in the top 10 for research quality, up from 14th position in REF 2014.

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Academic support

Get the guidance you need from your tutors and academic supervisor, and through assessment and feedback, such as exams, coursework, projects and group work.

Flexible course options

Many courses allow you to pursue areas of interest by choosing from optional modules within your degree, or in some cases, from another subject. The balance of core and optional modules varies from course to course and year to year.

If you're interested in studying more than one subject, you could take a combined course, for example Politics and Philosophy, or Maths and Physics.

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Tailored teaching styles

You may attend lectures, small group seminars, lab and practical-based sessions and small group tutorials, depending on your course. Many modules offer additional learning opportunities outside the classroom such as online resources.

"My seminars were small discussion-based sessions and offered the opportunity for students to clarify ideas and delve deeper into topics and for interaction between students and academics."

Laurie, BA Politics, Economics and Philosophy

Learning by design

Each course provides unique learning outcomes so that you get the most from your time here. Whether you're working with academic staff or studying on your own, at every stage you'll understand what you're aiming for and why. Our innovative approach ensures that you have the skills and knowledge in place to progress confidently towards a graduate career or further study.

Learning outcomes

Each course has its own set of unique learning outcomes. These give you a clear description of what you can expect to be able to do when you graduate and will help you explain what you can offer to employers.

Our academics design each course so that you have the best opportunities to build your knowledge, develop your abilities and progress towards the outcomes. You’ll understand what work you need to do and how it helps you to meet each outcome.

You’ll get the guidance you need from your tutors and academic supervisor, and through assessment and feedback, such as exams, coursework, projects and group work.

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