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How to apply for a Research Degree

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

Applications for Research Degrees at York St John University are made online following the appropriate link on each individual Faculty page

Applicants are expected to provide the following in support of their application:

  • Completed YSJU application form (essential)
  • Draft research proposal (essential)
  • CV - can be uploaded at the end of the application (desirable)
  • Degree certificate - can be uploaded at the end of the application (desirable) 
  • Evidence of English language qualification to University of Leeds minimum standard (essential for those whose first language is not English)
  • Two academic references (essential)

Please read our step-by-step guide for help using the online application system. 

For further information on York St John University research degree processes and procedures please refer to the Research Degrees Handbook, Regulations for Research Degrees and Code of Practice.


What happens next?

The application will be acknowledged and passed to the relevant Faculty Head of Research for consideration.  If an appropriate supervisor or supervisory team can be identified, and the application and research proposal are considered to be viable by the Head of Research and potential supervisor(s), the candidate will then be interviewed.  If called for interview, candidates will be asked to give a ten minute presentation on their research proposal. 

If successful at interview, the applicant will be recommended for acceptance, with the Admissions office issuing an offer e-mail containing any conditions to be met prior to the start of the course and further information around research policies and regulations.