Research Degrees

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. York St John University has participated in the Higher Education Academy’s Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES), since 2008 and has consistently outperformed the sector. In PRES 2017, 95% of YSJU respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement in question 18.1 'Overall, I am satisfied with the experience of my research degree programme', compared to the sector average of 82%. Other strengths for York St John University in PRES 2017 included Supervision (91% compared to a sector average of 86%), Research Skills (90% compared to 86%), Progress and Assessment (89% compared to 79%) and Professional Development (84% compared to 79%).

We offer a range of full or part-time postgraduate research degrees: Doctorates of Philosophy (PhDs); Practice-led PhDs; MA by Research, MSc by Research or MPhil. In addition, part-time Professional Doctorates are available in Education (EdD) and Theology and Religious Studies (DMin/DRel). Cross-school supervision is welcome. For postgraduate research funding, please consult our Degree Funding Opportunities page.

Below, you will find links to our online application system and links to support you with the application process and your prospective future study.

If you have any queries on the application process, please contact Admissions; if you are interested in liaising with a member of our academic team, please contact the School Research Lead for the relevant area, details of which are available in the 'Supervision Areas by Academic School' section.