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Reasons to choose York St John

Led by you, supported by us. Find out more about the postgraduate experience at York St John.

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Teaching that challenges and inspires

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Our teaching draws on our staff's research and professional experience. Your learning will be informed by the most current thinking in your subject area.

Your studies will contribute to new forms of knowledge by asking big questions. You will be part of a community that pushes the boundaries of learning.

Our small class sizes help you to get the most out of your studies. You can collaborate with others and challenge your thinking. Unleash your curiosity in a supportive teaching community where you can excel.

Flexible study options

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

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

We offer part time options for most 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 more than £100 million in our campus over the last 10 years. Our priority is creating learning spaces that meet the needs of our students.

Our specialist study facilities include labs for bioscience, health sciences, and psychology courses, practice rooms for occupational therapy and a nursing simulation ward. Our Creative Centre features a 170 seat theatre and teaching spaces for creative students. Other specialist spaces include primary education classrooms, media and music production studios, art and design studios, and a range of indoor and outdoor sport facilities.

Find out more about where you will study on our Campus and Facilities page.

Making a difference

By choosing to study at York St John, you will be part of a research community that drives positive impact. At York St John, social justice values will inform your learning.

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

Sustainability and care for the environment are high on our agenda. Find out more about some of our latest Sustainability projects.

Career support

We aim to make sure all of our students leave York St John with great employability prospects.

You might choose a postgraduate course to further your career, or to achieve academic ambitions. We offer you support and resources to help you get where you want to be.

We offer:

  • Professional development and CPD courses.
  • Business partnerships and community links.
  • Careers and networking events.
  • Teaching opportunities for our PhD students.
  • LaunchPad, our York St John 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 recently named one of the most welcoming cities in the world ( 2023).

For over 2000 years, York has thrived. It's a welcoming place, with a 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 also have a great food scene, a thriving night life and streets full of quirky independent shops. Find out more in our York guide.

Postgraduate Research School

Join our community of forward thinking academics as a postgraduate researcher (PGR).

In October 2024, we will be launching our brand new Postgraduate Research School.

The Postgraduate Research School will offer comprehensive support and direction to postgraduate researchers from the start to the completion of their research degree.

More about our Postgraduate Research School


Industry connections

York St John is known for its sense of community and collaborative spirit.

Through our contacts in the business industry, we offer advice, networking and work experience. We could help you to get your own business started, or expand the reach of your research.

We have links to universities and other learning institutions across the world. Our partners can be found in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, and Asia, including India and China.

By studying with us, you will have the chance to collaborate and connect with people who share your academic interests across the globe.