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Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for entry to research degree study at York St John is normally an upper second class honours degree (2.1) or a postgraduate Masters degree, in a discipline that is relevant to the proposed research. 

Advice on equivalent levels of international qualifications, e.g. overseas degrees, may be sought from the International Admissions & Compliance Manager, Nicholas Linley, E: n.linley@yorksj.ac.uk.

York St John University requires applicants whose first language is not English to meet the University of Leeds’ minimum English language entry requirements for research degree candidates.

These are currently one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelors of at least two year's duration or Masters degree of at least one year's duration, undertaken in the past two years and 4 months, at a UK University or a University in a majority English speaking country, where the language of tuition has been English*;
  • The British Council IELTS band score 6.0 overall (with not less than 5.5 in any component score);
  • An IBT TOEFL score of 87 overall (with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing);
  • In some cases, an expired English Language Test which was taken in the last four years with an overall IELTS score of 7.5 or above with no component below 7 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
  • Or equivalent deemed suitable by the UoL.

Tests must have been completed within the last two years.

In addition, interviewers should take steps to ensure that the applicant has a sufficient grasp of the English language to embark on the research, bearing in mind the demands of the discipline.

Where students have satisfied these English language requirements, but further English language training needs are identified after admission, further training is available through the Business School.

This should be included in the training needs analysis and training plan.

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).

*Degree awarded by a University in a majority English speaking country from one of the following countries:

Australia, Belize, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Caribbean States (where English is the first language, Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Malta New Zealand, Namibia, Nigeria Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.