University profile

York St John University

2018/19 edition

About York St John University


When you study at York St John University it’s personal. Our close-knit campus means you will be known as an individual by your tutors, taught in small class sizes and have the space to be yourself. We value a learning environment that is generous, curious and rigorous.

York St John University is the oldest higher education institution in York and has been at the forefront of teaching and education . It has seen many changes, from its early days as a teacher training college to welcoming over 6,100 students from across the world today.

Our , located in the heart of historic York, comprises a blend of old and new buildings and the feeling of community is one of the things our students love the most about studying with us.

Join us for our next Open Evening on . These evenings are an opportunity to meet staff and current students, explore the campus and find out more about life as a Postgraduate student at York St John University. There will be an opportunity to find out more about specific courses, and chat to staff from the finance and admissions department.

I have learned so much and been continuously challenged and inspired by the brilliant, warm and highly-dedicated academic staff. The community feeling of the University is obvious and really helps you feel at home and get involved.

Petra Wilkinson, MA graduate, School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Academic experience

Our academics are enthusiastic about sharing their expertise and applying it in the real world, encouraging you to ask questions, challenging your thinking and developing the skills you need. Their experience of working with partners in all sectors - from schools and hospitals, to large and small businesses, to theatres and charities - means that they can help you to bring your research interests to life and apply your learning to areas where it matters the most.

At York St John University we use to make a positive difference in the world. You will work alongside academic experts who understand how to align your research interests with real-world impact. 30% of our research was found to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014).

I have thoroughly enjoyed the ability to get involved with student led conferences and symposiums and get the chance to offer my own ideas and begin developing my own presentation style in a supportive environment. I don’t know that other universities offer the same opportunities to their students.

Beth Ellin, Contemporary Literature MA

Postgraduate student life

We understand that choosing to study at Postgraduate level can be a big commitment when you have other responsibilities to balance in life as well. At York St John University we offer increasingly flexible ways to learn and study within a community that is always welcoming and ready to support you.

All the Students’ Union societies and sports clubs are open to Postgraduate students, so you can get involved with the wider student community by joining a team or taking up a new hobby. There are also numerous campus-wide annual events which Postgraduate students engage in, such as the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, in addition to initiatives which encourage international and home students to engage in cross-cultural activities.

I found that joining the Musical Production Society really helped me to relax as well as having a great time and meeting people who have interests in common. I would recommend trying to join a society that fits around your commitments as it helps with embracing the university experience.

Stephen Mitchell, MA Psychology


Recently named by The Sunday Times, York is a city buzzing with culture and nightlife, with festivals throughout the year, a great arts scene, and plenty of museums and galleries. With a huge variety of pubs, clubs, bars and independent restaurants you are sure to have a great time living and studying in York.

Many of our students choose to commute to York from nearby towns and cities while they study with us. This is an easy city to commute to, with an extensive bus and rail network, and commuting students are still very much connected to campus life.

Making you stand out

We are proud of our relationships with local and national businesses and organisations. These partners regularly work with us to refresh our curricula so that they are up-to-date, and often help us with the delivery and assessment of our modules. We are renowned for our sense of community and spirit of collaboration, both on campus and across the city.

Our s 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.

York St John University’s relationships with other local organisations has been vital to my experience. My PhD was co-hosted by York Theatre Royal, giving me the opportunity to develop as a performer and practitioner. It also ensured that my evolving theoretical understanding was grounded in the day-to-day realities of practice with young people.

Cath Heinemeyer, Performance & Media Production PhD

Facilities and support

With £46 million invested across our campus over the last ten years, including state-of-the-art and learning spaces in addition to a . We understand the specific challenges of Postgraduate study and our dedicated provides specialised study space for you to focus on your studies in addition to our , which is open 24 hours a day.

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.


English language support

The provide help and guidance for international students at every level of study. This can include one-to-one appointments, conversation groups and short courses. They also provide a huge range of online resources, which can be accessed .

Information about English Language requirements can be found . Short pre-sessional courses are available for those who do not currently meet the necessary Language requirements.

Fees and funding

The fees for Postgraduate courses differ depending on whether you are undertaking a Taught or Research programme, the level of study which is being undertaken and if you are a home, EU or international student. Information about the fees for our courses can be found at:

If you need to write a paper or read up on something, the library is one of the best I have seen. There is an extensive amount of resources and library staff are very helpful. If you are working up on the second floor or can’t find a certain book, you can email the library and a member of staff will find it and bring it to you. Now if that isn’t great service, I don’t know what is!

Julia Miskimin, MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)


If you need to find somewhere to live while you study, the can give you advice on what is available and help you find the right place for you.

Most of our Postgraduate students choose to rent privately if they are moving to the city to study. With such a high student population York has lots of great accommodation to offer students. The Accommodation Team will be here to
help you find your perfect home. Private accommodation in the city can cost between £75 and £90 per week.

We offer in a variety of styles on a number of sites across the city, all within 20 minutes’ walk of campus. Most of this university-owned accommodation is rented by undergraduate students, but as a postgraduate applicant you will have the opportunity to apply for a place at these sites. University self-catered accommodation is available on the basis of a 44, 46 or 48-week tenancy and costs range between £125 and £155 per week.


Visit us

  • Open evenings - these evenings are an opportunity to meet staff, explore the campus and find out more about life as a Postgraduate student at York St John University. Check for news of any upcoming events.
  • - campus tours run throughout the year, usually at 3.00pm on Wednesdays and 1.00pm on Thursdays. Applicants for all levels of study are welcome on the tours, which give you the opportunity to explore our beautiful campus and get a feel for the University. The tour is led by a current student and lasts up to an hour.
  • - a mature learner is defined as any student who is over the age of 25 when they start their course, and they make up a significant proportion of our student body. We currently run Mature Learners Information sessions, led by a member of our Student Recruitment Team and a mature student ambassador.

How to apply

Applications are made directly to York St John University through the website. Find your chosen course at and you will find a link to the online application system on the relevant course page.

Contact details

[email protected]
01904 642624
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
YO31 7EX
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