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Why choose YSJ?

Reasons to come to York St John University for Postgraduate study

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A Postgraduate degree opens a world of opportunity to you, leading to more refined and well-paid graduate opportunities. At York St John University, we'll support you to build your professional network and help you stand out from the crowd. Wondering why to choose York St John University?

Research that makes a difference

From shining a light on environmental risks in Africa through to exploring new ways to understand and support autistic children - the research at York St John University focuses on improving the world around us. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), 30% of our research was found to be world-leading or internationally excellent. Our academic experts will help align your research interests with real-world challenges that require impactful answers.

Flexible learning

We know that Postgraduate students often have jobs, young families or other commitments to juggle alongside their study. We believe that education is for everybody and work hard to make our Postgraduate courses accessible to you, whatever your circumstances. Flexible part-time options are available for the majority of our courses, but even as a full-time student you may only be on campus a few times a week or just on an evening or the weekend.

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You're part of an inspiring community

At York St John University, you're a name not a number - you will be known as an individual by your tutors. We want all of our students to feel valued, to contribute to the distinctive atmosphere on campus and to be the best that they can be. We remain committed to smaller student cohorts so our students get the excellent support they need at Postgraduate level. 

International connections

The University has links to universities and other learning institutions across the world, including in Europe, India, the USA, Canada, Australia, China and Asia. This presents opportunities to collaborate on shared international interests, draw on a wider pool of expertise and make connections with people who share your academic interests across the globe.

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Outstanding facilities

We have invested £46 million in our campus over the last ten years on state-of-the-art laboratories and learning spaces in addition to a 57-acre Sports Park. We understand the challenges of Postgraduate study and our dedicated Graduate Centre provides specialised study space for you to focus on your studies in addition to our Learning Centre, which is open 24 hours a day.

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Industry links

We are proud of our relationships with local and national businesses and organisations. These partners regularly work with us to ensure our curricula is addressing contemporary issues in the respective field and your learning is applied to areas where it matters the most. We are renowned for our sense of community and spirit of collaboration, both on campus and across the city.

Encouraging entrepreneurship

Our contacts in real-world businesses offer advice, networking opportunities and experience to help get your own businesses started. We offer business workshops, advice on funding and can provide information about affordable workspaces and business networks located within the city.

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Supporting you

We pride ourselves on delivering a personal approach to learning through the provision of a supportive environment and small class sizes. This applies across all of our courses, from Foundation level through to PhD study. The success of this ethos is reflected in our high satisfaction ratings.

Our Student Support Teams are experienced in addressing the needs of our Postgraduate students. Our library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during term time so if late nights or early mornings work best for you there is nothing stopping you accessing resources or finding a quiet place to work, whatever the hour. 

Join us for a Postgraduate Open Evening to find out why we're the university for your next step in study.

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