Applying for a research degree
How to apply for a research degree at York St John, including deadlines and how to write a research proposal.
Our application deadlines
We accept new research students on 1 October, 1 February and 1 June each year. We accept professional doctorate students on 1 January.
- For an October start date, you must submit your application by 1 July.
- For a February start date, you must submit your application by 1 November.
- For a June start date, you must submit your application by 1 March.
International applicants should allow additional time, and can check our International How to Apply page as further updates regarding dates and deadlines become available.
Please be aware that due to the current transfer of PGR Admissions between departments, our next available intake for international postgraduate research students will be our October 2024 intake.
Before you apply
To apply for a research degree, you will need:
- Qualification details
- Employment and work experience history
- Referee contact details
- A research proposal (see 'How to apply' below)
- A research supervisor (see 'How to apply' below)
If you want to apply for a professional doctorate, read our separate guidance page: Applying for a professional doctorate.
Make sure you speak to an academic who is working in a related area to your research, and could be your research supervisor during your course. This is to make sure we are able to support you in your area of research.
You can find information about the areas of research of our academic staff on our institutional repository (RaY).
All our academic schools also have a Postgraduate Research Lead. Use the drop down menu to find the Postgraduate Research Lead for your area of interest.
After you have applied
Our Admissions team will review your application with one of our Research Leads.
We may invite you to an interview to talk about your application and research proposal. If you are successful, we will send your application to the Research Degree Sub Committee. They will make the final decision.
The result of your application will be sent to you by email. This email will include details of any conditions your need to meet as part of your offer.
Your acceptance letter will include a reply slip. You can return this by post or email to accept or decline your place.
We will be in touch before your start date to make sure you have everything you need.