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Postgraduate Research study at York St John University

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

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What you need to know

What is a research degree?

A research degree can take many forms. From a single-year master's degree to a 6 year PhD. Find out what types of research degree we offer and decide which is right for you.

Our community

York St John University is home to a vibrant and developing research community dedicated to making a positive difference in the world. Find out why you should join us today.

Funding

There are a wide range of funding options available to you depending on the subject you have chosen to research.

Areas of research

Our research spans a diverse range of topics with an emphasis on impacting and improving lives outside of academia. Read about our active research areas and find a supervisor to start your research journey.

What we offer

We provide support and skills development for our research community at all stages of their degrees. Our Postgradute Researcher 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 friends and colleagues from across the university 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

Benefits

The following benefits are available to our postgraduate researchers:

  • Access to research networks
  • Relevant training in both research and teaching methodologies
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Financial support (see below)

Postgraduate r esearchers and Graduate Teaching Assistants 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 and 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 postgraduate researchers. It is recognised that a single library cannot ever satisfy the needs of all researchers so to support postgraduate researchers 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 libraries at UK higher education institutions.

Public events on student and staff research

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.

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