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Applying for a Research degree

Find out how to apply for a Research degree at York St John University

We accept new research students on 1 October, 1 February or 1 January for professional doctorates only. We recommend that you make your application at least three months before your preferred start date.

To undertake a Research degree with us you will need to find out if there is a research supervisor able to support you in your field.

To find a research supervisor you will need to browse our research areas and then contact the relevant research lead within that area. The research lead will discuss your research proposal with you and ensure that we are able to support you. They can put you in touch with potential research supervisors from within their area.

Making an application

When you are confident that your research proposal can be supported by a research lead you can apply using the button below.

If you need help with your application you can contact our Admissions team at

We have examples of research proposals which you can access at the link below.

To complete your application you will need:

  • Details of your qualifications
  • Your employment and work experience history
  • Contact details for your referees
  • A 1,500 word Research Proposal (not including references)
  • Applicants to Professional Doctorates should provide a personal statement of around 500 words to support their application

Once you submit your application it will be reviewed by our Admissions team. When we have verified your references and qualifications, your application will be sent to the appropriate school Research Lead who will assess the full application and may invite you for interview.

If you are successful your application will be sent to the Research Degree Sub Committee who will make the final decision on your application.

Next steps

Once a decision has been made, the result of your application will be sent to you by email including any conditions that we require you to meet as part of your offer. Your acceptance letter will include a reply slip which you can return via post or email to accept or decline your place.

We will be in touch by email and post before you join us to make sure you have everything you need before you start. Make sure you give us permission to contact you so that we can get this important information to you.

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