University of York

University of York

The University is deeply embedded in the local community of North Yorkshire. We are a hub for sharing knowledge and enriching lives. The Centre for Lifelong Learning has been offering high-quality courses and rewarding experiences for over 25 years. 

Top reasons to study here

  • A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university.
  • The University of York works collaboratively in partnership with institutions across the world to develop life-saving discoveries.
  • The University is deeply embedded in the local community of North Yorkshire. We are a hub for sharing knowledge and enriching lives.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (90)
Humanities (61)
Business & Management (39)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)



Though plans for a university in York first appeared as early as 1617, it would be over three centuries before they came to fruition. In 1960, permission was finally granted for the University of York to be built, marking the beginning of our journey.


You'll be immersed in knowledge and opportunities that will encourage you to grow and succeed. You’ll grapple with big ideas and be encouraged to think differently by academics whose research is changing the world. You’ll benefit from outstanding teaching and learning outcomes, demonstrated by our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award.


A member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, we are committed to enhancing our position as one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research.

We are keen to work with external partners to develop mutually-beneficial relationships. Projects can vary from short-term consultancy to long-term staff exchange partnerships; contract research to joint applications for government research funding.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Housing services

Moving to another country can be a daunting prospect, but with all of our accommodation located on or very near to our compact and safe campus, you’ll soon feel at home in York.

The University offer a range of self-catered and catered accommodation options with ensuite and shared bathrooms available.

Library services

You can visit the Libraries to borrow and return items, or use the printers, without a booking. To study in the Library you do need to reserve a study space, and all the information on how to do this is below.

Medical services

Healthcare is provided by your doctor, the NHS urgent care centre at York District Hospital and various chemists, dentists and opticians in York.

Student Life

Campus life

Major improvements of the existing Heslington campus include the refurbishment of the JB Morrell Library and the construction of the Berrick Saul and Centre for Immunology and Infection buildings.

Campus East is the name of the University's expansion. The site is consists of 117 hectares of land close to the current campus on the outskirts of York. The development of the site will include academic buildings, college accommodation, sporting facilities and community facilities.

Sports facilities

        York Sport Village boasts a fantastic array of modern facilities, perfect for school sports days, birthday parties, corporate away-days, training and more.
        Facilities available:
  • Eight lane 25m competition standard swimming pool
  • 18 metre learner pool
  • Fully floodlit competition size outdoor 3G football pitch
  • Three outdoor floodlit 3G five-a-side pitches
  • 1km floodlit traffic-free outdoor Cycle Circuit
  • 250m Velodrome
  • 2 air conditioned dance studios and 1 dedicated spin studio

Student clubs

University of York  is one of only a few universities in the UK to have an independent student-led organisation specifically for postgraduates. When you arrive at York as a postgraduate you will automatically become a member.The GSA is led by a team of elected officers who are all York students or recent graduates. They're here to help you make the most of your time at York.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The professors are knowledgeable and always have time for any queries. There is a wealth of extracurricular opportunities and they help to relieve stress and focus attention on the degree.

Masters are both amazing and exhausting
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Despite the courses and modules being some of the most interesting and engaging I've ever taken at university, the assessments were an incredible strain on my physical and mental wellbeing. Rather than having the holiday to complete them, four assessments were due at the end of each term, which in words could be between 8,000-10,000, before the modules had even finished....

University of York Economics and Econometrics BSc
Sharon rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is a course for those who enjoy statistics and some mathematics as well as economics. In the later years the modules can be tailored to what interests you most, with a mixture of theory as well as some practical uses for the knowledge. There is no computer programming involved but a little bit of statistical software is used. I think it's one of the few of this kind...

York, England, United Kingdom

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