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Postgraduate study

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

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

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

If you are unsure about the differences between degree types, have a look at the comparison table and video on this page to learn more about their features.

Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate taught degrees, such as MA or MSc courses, are similar in structure to undergraduate level. You will study modules that 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 extensively research a topic of your choice 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 provided are for UK students.

For more detailed information 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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