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Reasons to choose York St John

Find out what makes our postgraduate study experience The One for you.

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Teaching that challenges and inspires

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Our teaching draws on our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area.  

Your studies will contribute to new forms of knowledge by asking big contemporary questions. You’ll be part of an academic community that pushes the boundaries of learning.

Our small class sizes allow you to get the most out of your postgraduate studies as you collaborate with others and challenge your thinking. Unleash your curiosity in a supportive teaching community that enables you to excel.

Different study options

We know that many of our students have other commitments alongside their studies.

Education is for everybody and we work hard to make our courses accessible to you, whatever your circumstances.

Part time options are available for the majority of our postgraduate courses. Even as a full time student, you may only be on campus a few times a week.

Outstanding learning facilities

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We have invested over £100 million in our campus over the last 10 years to make sure our learning spaces meet the needs of our students.

The Library is open to students 24 hours a day. Specialist facilities include laboratories for biomechanics, physiology, physiotherapy and psychology, dance and drama studios, music production rooms and a suite of dedicated visual media facilities.

Our brand new Creative Centre spans 3 floors and contains a 210 seat theatre and teaching facilities for our creative and computing courses.

Read more about the campus on our Facilities page.

Making a difference

You will be part of a world-changing research community that drives positive impact, where social justice values inform your learning experience.

From shining a light on environmental risks in Africa to exploring new ways to support children with autism, our research focuses on improving the world around us.

Sustainability and care for the environment are high on our agenda. You can read about some of our latest projects on our sustainability page.

Career support

We place great emphasis on the employability prospects of our students.

We provide additional support and resources to help you get where you want to be, whether this is furthering your career or achieving academic ambitions.

We offer:

  • Professional development and CPD courses
  • Business partnerships and community links
  • Careers events and networking opportunities
  • Teaching opportunities as a PhD student
  • LaunchPad - our careers service.

A great location

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York is a great city for postgraduate students with opportunities for research, development, socialising and entertainment.

It was voted the best place to live in the UK (2018, The Sunday Times) and the best northern city to live in (2019, The Sunday Times).

For over 2000 years, York has thrived. It's a welcoming place, steeped in unique history and culture. York Minster, Betty's Tea Room and the Shambles are just some of the iconic places that make this city stand out.

We've also a great food scene, a thriving night life and streets full of quirky independent shops. Find out more in our Guide to York.

Local, national and international connections

We are renowned for our sense of community and collaborative spirit.

Our contacts within the business industry offer advice, networking opportunities and experience to help you get your own businesses started.

We have links to universities and other learning institutions across the world, including in:

  • Europe
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Asia, including India and China. 

This presents opportunities to collaborate and connect with people who share your academic interests.

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