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University of York

United Kingdom


The University of York is a high-performing Russell Group university with a global reputation for inspirational and life-changing research. The university is located in the historic city of York, which is regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK. Students can rest assured in the knowledge that student-friendly York is a safe city with the lowest recorded crime rates in England and Wales in the areas where students live during the academic year (The Complete University Guide 2020). The city also has much to offer students in the way of cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues.

The university offers over 250 undergraduate degrees as well as postgraduate taught and research degrees across sciences, arts and humanities, and social sciences. York offers a portfolio of postgraduate online and distance learning courses. Free, short online courses, known as MOOCS, are also available. The university's International Pathway College provides foundation pathways and pre-sessional language courses for international students to certain undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Progression to these courses is guaranteed for students who complete their pathway course.

York is consistently ranked as one of the top UK universities. It was 16th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide Rankings 2021 and 16th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. The university has been ranked in the top 20 of the most targeted universities by the top 100 graduate employers according to the latest High Fliers report (The Graduate Market in 2021). As a campus-based university, students can explore the cultural offerings of a thriving city whilst being part of an exciting and diverse student community. The campus is an inclusive environment with excellent student support and an international community of more than 20,000 students from over 150 countries.

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What's new

What's new

The university is currently undergoing a period of unprecedented expansion and renewal. Recent developments on campus include:

New accommodation

1,400 brand new student bedrooms are being developed on campus, including the creation of central hub community spaces when two new colleges are formed. There are also continued upgrades to a number of existing colleges, including updating kitchens, bathrooms and shared spaces.

York Management School

As the Management School expands, it is being moved to a larger facility which will provide an exciting space for staff and students to work collaboratively in research, teaching and engagement with other academic and non-academic partners.

New chemistry research building

The Dorothy Hodgkin Building has doubled in size with a new laboratory space built to house 100 researchers.

York Institute for Safe Autonomy building

Due to open in October 2021 the new facility on campus will be a world-leading ecosystem for research and innovation, education, public engagement, and commercial realisation.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The University of York is renowned for excellent teaching. It was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), with praise being given for the outstanding outcomes for students from all backgrounds. It was awarded 133rd place in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 and ranked 150th in the QS World University Rankings 2021. 26 of York's subjects featured in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, these included four in the top 50 – archaeology (12), English language and literature (22), Social policy and administration (22) and history (46). An additional five are in the top 100, namely sociology (72), linguistics (85), psychology (86) and development studies (51-100). The university also has an outstanding reputation for research and the expertise of its faculty in this regard. This feeds directly into the teaching and support that students receive. Students will study and learn with active researchers on some of the most exciting and cutting-edge research. In the Research Excellence Framework (2014), the university was ranked 10th for the impact of their research and 14th overall in the UK.

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The main campus library is the JB Morrell library, which holds more than one million print books, as well as journals both print and electronic. The library is open 24 hours a day, 362 days of the year.


Centred around nine colleges, the university's accommodation includes a variety of room types and options to suit different budgets. Each college offers a welcoming and supportive community with opportunities for students to meet new people.

Sports Facilities

York Sports Village is a new GBP 9 million sports facility featuring a 25-metre pool and full-size 3G Astroturf pitch. There is also a fitness suite with 100 computerised stations, and spaces for classes such as yoga, as well as sauna and steam rooms.

Shopping and Eating on Campus

Campus is full of interesting places for shopping, eating and drinking. There are three supermarkets on campus where students can get groceries and university merchandise. There are cafes in the library, sports centre, and in various departments and colleges.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are a number of scholarships available specifically for international students. Students can check the university website for eligibility requirements and applicable deadlines.

Be Exceptional Scholarships

The Be Exceptional scholarships offer a tuition fee discount in recognition of achievement. They are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships

The Vice-Chancellor's scholarships offer a tuition fee discount for high-achieving undergraduate and postgraduate taught students.

Equal Access Scholarships

The Equal Access scholarship awards completely free tuition, as well as a maintenance award towards living costs to asylum seeker students wanting to pursue an undergraduate degree programme. Further eligibility requirements and details are available on the university website.

Albukhary Scholarships

The university offers six Sharifah Sofia Albukhary Scholarships to undergraduate students in need of financial support to further their education. This scholarship is open to country-specific applicants and grants students awards ranging from GBP 31,250 to GBP 75,000 (plus a full tuition fee waiver).

Overseas Research Scholarships

International students interested in studying for a PhD can consider applying for the Overseas Research Scholarship provided by York Graduate Research School. This competitive scholarship provides a regular financial sum of money in line with UKRI rate, as well as a research training support grant covering 100 percent of the student's tuition fees for the duration of enrolment.

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Student support

Student support

Student Hub

The best place to go for support and advice is the Student Hub on campus. Here, specialist advisers can provide advice and information to help students manage their well-being as well as offer guidance and information on practical matters.

Academic Supervisors

Each student will have an academic supervisor who they can contact about anything they might need to succeed academically. They advise students on their academic progress and can help with personal development.

International Student Support

There is specific support available to international students, from immigration advice to assistance with settling into life at York. Students can join the International Students' Association to make friends from overseas, or join any of the over 200 societies on campus. The International Student Support Team can also offer support with practical matters such as access to healthcare and accommodation for visiting family members.

Open Door

Open Door is a team of professionals who offer psychological and mental health support to all registered students. It is a completely confidential service and available by appointment.

Students' Union

The University of York Students' Union, better known as YUSU, helps students to make the most of their time at university. They represent student views and play a huge part in the vibrant student experience at York, both on and off campus.

YUSU is run for, with and by students. They help students to share ideas, create change, gain new skills and access support.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

The University of York has an excellent reputation for graduate outcomes. It is among the top 20 universities which are targeted by the greatest number of leading employers (The Graduate Market in 2019, High Fliers).

It ranks amongst the best in the UK for teaching and graduate statistics. In 2017, 94% percent of York graduates were either pursuing further study or in employment six months after graduating. (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17 (HESA) full-time UK students)

York Futures, the employability programme run by the university, helps students to understand their options, reflect on their experiences and make plans for securing their desired graduate outcomes. Students can also benefit from resources such as CV help, networking and careers events.

The University of York also provides supported opportunities such as placements, studying abroad or volunteering for community and education projects. These experiences enhance students' global perspective, making them stand out as exceptional candidates to employers.

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