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Postgraduate study

Discover new options and career paths with a postgraduate course at York St John.

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Delve into your chosen subject, make an impact through research, and be part of a vibrant community.

We offer 2 types of postgraduate course: taught degrees and research degrees.

Learn more and compare the degree types to find out which is right for you with the table and video on this page.

Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate taught degrees include MA and MSc courses. They are similar in structure to undergraduate level. The modules you study will usually involve lectures, seminars, and assignments.

Postgraduate taught

Research degrees

Postgraduate research degrees, such as PhD or Master's by Research courses, are independent in nature. You will research a topic of your choice in depth while working with a supervisor.

Research degrees

Comparing degree types

The information in this table is a general guide to the features of different postgraduate courses. The entry requirements listed are for UK students.

For more details, explore our individual course pages.

Type of degreeTypical durationCourse structureEntry requirements
Master's taught
(MA or MSc)

1 year full time
2 years part time

Taught modules Check individual course page
Master's by research
(MA or MSc)
1 year full time
2 years part time
Research and 30,000 word thesis

2:1 in relevant degree

Practice led master's by research
(MA or MSc)
1 year full time
2 years part time
Practice output and 10,000 word thesis 2:1 in relevant degree
Doctor of philosophy
(PhD)

3 years full time
6 years part time

Research and 100,000 word thesis plus oral exam (viva voce) Master's degree
Practice led doctor of philosophy
(PhD)
3 years full time
6 years part time
Creative output and 50,000 word thesis plus oral exam (viva voce) Master's degree
Professional doctorate
(ProfDoc)
3 years full time
6 years part time
Check individual course page 2:1 in relevant degree

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