Applying for a Research degree
Everything you need to know about applying for a research degree at York St John, including deadlines and research proposal information.
We accept new research students on 1 October and 1 February each year (or 1 January, for professional doctorates only).
The deadlines for applying to study with us are:
- For an October start date, applications must be submitted by 1 July.
- For a February start date, applications must be submitted by 1 November. This excludes Institute for Social Justice Bursary applications.
To apply for a Research Degree, please use our course search to begin an application for your chosen research course. Before applying using the links below, please make sure that you have spoken to the appropriate Research Lead to determine whether we would be able to support your area of research.
Research proposals and research supervisors
Before you can apply to study a research degree with us, you will need a research supervisor and a research proposal.
Your research supervisor will be an academic at York St John University who is working in an area related to your research. They will understand the current theories and ideas in your chosen area, and may be currently researching a topic similar to yours. Your supervisor will support you during your course and can make suggestions about your research.
A research proposal explains the topic you want to research. It should be 1,500 words long, not including the references. Your proposal tells us what you hope to find out and the methods you want to use to conduct your research. It will show us that you understand current thinking around your chosen subject and are equipped with the knowledge and some of the skills needed to get started on a large research project.
What you need to apply
To complete your application you will need:
- Qualification details
- Employment and work experience history
- Referee contact details
- A research proposal
- A research supervisor
- Professional Doctorate applicants will need a personal statement of 500 words.
After creating an application login, please select 'Postgraduate Research' and your area of study to view and access all available application links.
Begin your application by visiting our Course Search portal:
If you need help with your application you can contact our Admissions team at email@example.com.