Postgraduate Research study at York St John University

Pursue your interests and make an impact. Study your research degree with us.

York St John University is home to a vibrant and developing research community. We support research that makes a positive difference in the world. You will work alongside academic experts who understand how to align your research interests with real world issues.

Each Research degree is unique. You will need to find a new topic (or a new approach to a topic) that you are passionate about and an academic member of staff who shares this interest who can supervise you. Your degree involves working closely with your academic supervisor to conduct detailed research into a specific topic.

To become a Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) at York St John University, you'll need to have achieved at least a 2:1 in your Undergraduate degree. If you did so, and you enjoyed working on a research project, a Research degree can be a great next step for you.

What we offer

At York St John University, we provide support and skills development for our research community at all stages of their degrees. Our PGR Training Programme covers skills and development for your whole research journey including project planning, publishing, seeking funding, and presenting research.

In addition to research and transferable skills training, students in the later stages of their PhD are eligible to train to become involved in teaching within the University.

Graduate Centre

Our interdisciplinary Graduate Centre is home to a cross-disciplinary community of active researchers. It provides a space to mix with PGRs from all schools and an invaluable chance to learn from each other’s experiences. Our Graduate Centre has the following facilities:

  • Flexible workspace and lockable storage
  • Internet access
  • Access to general research and reference ‘bench books’
  • Telephone facilities for research study purposes
  • Meeting room facilities
  • A break-out room and kitchenette
  • Social hub for interaction with fellow researchers


The following benefits are available to our PGRs:

  • Access to research networks
  • Relevant training in both research and teaching methodologies
  • Training and development opportunities 

Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) and Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) can receive financial support for their research. You can claim up to £900 each academic year for those studying full time and up to £450 part time. This can be used to cover conference costs  &  associated travel directly related to your research. These amounts are apportioned to reflect your start and end date and are subject to approval.   


Library services

The Fountains Learning Centre provides library services for York St John University PGRs. It is recognised that one library cannot ever satisfy the needs of researchers, so to support PGRs, we provide:

  • Access to the range of databases and online resources
  • Access to experienced subject librarians
  • Inter-library loans
  • Researcher level membership to SCONUL Access, which provides access to almost all UK HEI libraries.

Scholarship funding opportunities

Further information can be found on our Funding your Research page.

Public events on student and staff research

At York St John University, we work to ensure that our research is shared beyond the research community. We support public engagement with research through lecture series such as the Ebor Lectures, by participating in the York Festival of Ideas and offering funding for public events. These events range from colloquia on Caribbean food to storytelling groups for young people.

At York St John University, we award a range of Research degrees. Find out more about each one and see if they're right for you. 

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