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How to apply

We accept new research students on the 1st 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).

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 Postgraduate Research Student Protocol.  Applicants wishing to apply for a Practice-led PhD in the Faculty of Arts should also refer to the Protocol for Practice-led Research Degree Candidatures.


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 admission subject to approval by the University of Leeds.  In this case, the candidate will be asked to complete a University of Leeds application.

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.