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Postgraduate research at the University of York 

Looking to take the next step in your academic career? A research degree from the University of York can help you achieve your ambitions.

Become part of our vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers at one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research.

Explore our research degrees

Global reputation

The University of York is a prestigious Russell Group university with a global reputation for world-leading research.

  • We are ranked in the world top 50 for Arts and Humanities and the top 150 for social sciences (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023)
  • We are ranked joint 10th in the UK for the quality of our research in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). In addition, four of our academic departments were ranked in the top five for their subject while a further eight were in the top ten in terms of research impact*
  • We are joint 17th overall in The Complete University Guide (2024) with 13 subjects ranked in the top 10
  • We hold 22 Athena Swan awards for our commitment to gender equality, including three Gold awards for our Biology, Chemistry and Psychology departments

*Times Higher Education 2021 – excluding specialist institutions which submitted fewer than four units of assessment

Research Excellence

View our full list of research centres and institutes

Study at York

The York Graduate Research School supports our community of research students, ensuring high-quality supervision and training.

Your career

Our campus



  • York provides a range of opportunities for postgraduate students to meet, collaborate and share ideas and interests. For example, the Humanities Research Centre is a thriving inspirational hub for interdisciplinary research and postgraduate life in the arts and humanities
  • There are more than 200 student societies to get involved in and over 65 sports clubs for hobbyists and sports enthusiasts of all abilities
  • You’ll feel at home in our inclusive campus with a diverse international community of over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries
  • Our sports centre and Sports Village feature a range of modern sports facilities
  • The campus is full of interesting places for shopping, eating and drinking. There is a range of cafes and supermarkets on campus, where students can get groceries and university merchandise
  • The city of York is full of culture and renowned for its rich history and heritage
  • As a University of York alum not only do you get great benefits and discounts from businesses in York, such as hotel discounts and visitor passes, you also get University discounts like free access to JSTOR, the academic publication and resources library.

Graduate life

  • Our network of support services, such as the Student Hub, provide easy access to help and support including mental health and childcare support, financial advice, and more
  • The student union offers professional, confidential and specialist advice to all students, including postgraduates. They also run regular social and sporting events, the largest postgraduate welcome week in the UK and a number of postgraduate networks
  • Hear from our research student bloggers and learn about their experiences and top tips.

Fees & funding

  • There is a range of funding opportunities for postgraduate research at York
  • There are also scholarships supported through generous donations from Alumni and departmental scholarships are also available.


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