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Research degrees

Research degrees at York St John

York St John University is committed to providing excellence in academic practice and offers a wide range of research opportunities. We provide a wealth of expertise and a supportive and stimulating environment in which to conduct your studies. The University has a vibrant and developing research community, with research students working in, and across, a variety of disciplines.

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The University is committed to providing excellence in academic practice together with a supportive and stimulating environment in which to conduct your studies. This is characterised by:

  • Excellent supervision by one or more Supervisors 
  • A dedicated Graduate Centre providing research students with space for studying and socialising
  • Access to research networks
  • Possibilities for supervised involvement in teaching
  • Relevant training in both research and teaching methodologies
  • Access to appropriate facilities to support research


All research qualifications awarded are degrees of the University of Leeds and are therefore subject to the relevant Ordinances and Regulations of the University of Leeds.  Reference can also be made to the Postgraduate Research Student Protocol which sets out the arrangements under which York St John is able to offer these degrees.

The University is currently applying for Research Degree Awarding Powers. If the University’s application is successful, applicants for research degrees starting during 2015 will be admitted to study for a York St John University degree, rather than a University of Leeds degree, as at present.

We accept new research students on the 1 of October, February or June each year. We strongly recommend that applicants make their applications as early as possible (and at least three months before their preferred start date).