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About undergraduate courses

Find out more about the different courses and qualifications we offer at York.

As an undergraduate student, you’ll be studying for an academic qualification - your first degree.

If you're already studying an undergraduate degree at another university, you can apply to spend time at York as a visiting student. You could study with us for up to two semesters before returning to your own university to complete your qualification.

Undergraduate courses typically involve three years of full-time study. Some courses include an additional integrated Masters year, and many have the option to add a year studying abroad or working in industry.  Medicine courses are longer, running for five or six years.

Courses are delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops. Some include elements of practical training and extended work placements. Most culminate in a major project, often focussing on your own independent research. 

At York, we offer over 200 undergraduate courses to choose from.

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Types of Bachelors qualifications

Qualification Credits Duration

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

360 credits

Three years

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

360 credits

Three years

Bachelor of Law (LLB)

360 credits

Three years

Bachelor of Law (Senior Status) (LLB)

240 credits

Two years

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS)

780 credits

Five to six years

Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid)

360 credits

Three years

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

360 credits

Three years

Types of Integrated Masters qualifications

Qualifications Credits Duration

Master of Biology (MBiol)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Biochemistry (MBiochem)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBioMedSci)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Chemistry (MChem)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Engineering (MEng)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Environment (MEnv)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Mathematics (MMath)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Midwifery (MMid)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Nursing (MNurs)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Physics (MPhys)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Science (MSci)

480 credits

Four years

Master of Social Work (MSocW)

480 credits

Four years

Contact hours and self-directed study

Contact hours (including time spent in lectures, seminars, workshops, placements and fieldwork) and the time you will need to dedicate to self-directed study varies by course. For more information you should contact the relevant academic department.

Different course types

BA and BSc

BAs and BScs are undergraduate degrees totalling 360 credits and are typically earned over three years of full-time study. 

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees usually combine theory with creativity, whereas Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees take a more scientific or analytical approach.

BA students can expect to submit essays, while BSc students can expect practical lab-based tests and examinations.

Integrated Masters

An integrated Masters degree combines undergraduate and postgraduate-level study into a single course, earning you a Masters-level qualification once you have graduated. Integrated Masters degrees are typically obtained over four years of full-time study.

These courses are also usually prefixed with an 'M' - for example, MBiol or MSci.

Accredited degrees

Accredited degrees are recognised by professional bodies as providing practical skills for specific industries. Many accredited degrees also give you a head start on professional qualifications which can enhance your career.

Many of our subjects offer undergraduate courses which are accredited by professional bodies.

Gold-standard education

Our teaching, learning and student experience is outstanding, recognised by a Gold rating from the Office for Students in their latest national assessment (2023 Teaching Excellence Framework).