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University of York

4.3 out of 5 (49 ratings / 42 reviews) York, England, United Kingdom
The University is deeply embedded in the local community of North Yorkshire. We are a hub for sharing knowledge and enriching lives. Our Centre for Lifelong Learning has been offering high-quality courses and rewarding experiences for over 25 years. 

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (62)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)

Pre-Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (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

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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128 -9
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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148 -14
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
201 100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
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.


Student services

We offer a variety of services to our international services, which includes the following:

    Immigration Advice ServiceA student orientation programme on arrivalAirport collectionThe International Students' AssociationThe Graduate Students' AssociationInternational student representation within College welfare networksHOST (homestays)York Ambassador's SchemeEnglish language support programmes
The University provides English language and study skills support to international students through the Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT). A range of courses is available to help you improve your English and develop the skills needed for successful study.

Housing services

Our accommodation is a great place to live and study, with a range of rooms and prices all on or close to our compact campus.

We guarantee you a home on or near to campus, whether we're your firm or insurance choice. We have over 1,000 rooms for postgraduate students, with a range of options to suit your budget. You're guaranteed accommodation for each year of your course if you're paying overseas fees.

Library services

The Library and Archives hold an extensive range of items which support teaching, learning and research. Our collections cover printed, electronic and audiovisual material, digitised collections, rare books and archival resources, all available for you to explore.

ICT services

Wifi access throughout and easy access to power sockets

Medical services

The health centre closest to campus is Unity Health, who have information for University of York students explaining what services are available.

The centre is for the treatment of serious injuries or illness that require urgent attention or advice. The reception staff in the Emergency Department will direct people either to the urgent care centre or the accident and emergency team.

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

We're 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

York law school is deliberately innovative
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love to study law at the University of York because of the PBL system. It's a great opportunity to learn and being pushed out of your comfort zone. All the learning takes place with the support of the rest of your student law firm, and it makes it easier to meet new people and bond really well with them. I love to work on a team so YLS has been the best choice of law...

a great university
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

it's an amazing university

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

the university are trying their best to ensure their highest quality teaching standards despite the covid pandemic whilst also maintaining high levels of student satisfaction, very strict on social distance measure (for the best) with a lot of support contacts available at any time with regular 1-1 meetings with your department supervisor

York, England, United Kingdom


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