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Research Degree 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 one of the following minimum English language entry requirements for research degree candidates:

  • The British Council IELTS band score 6.0 overall (with not less than 5.5 in any component score) or the equivalent in an acceptable alternative secure English language test*. All tests must have been completed within the last two years.
  • Successful completion of a Bachelor Degree at a UK University or in a University where the language of tuition has been English**;
  • Successful completion of a Masters degree at a UK University or in a University where the language of tuition has been English**;

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 & development needs analysis and training plan.

*If you have taken an alternative secure English language test please contact ysjinternational@yorksj.ac.uk to check whether it meets requirements.

**Degree awarded by a University taught in the English medium as confirmed by UK NARIC.