University of York
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.20 / 5.00
- 3.17 / 4.00
- 0.75 / 1.00
- 76.9 / 100.0
- 81.2 / 100.0
- 92.2 / 100.0
The University of York is a world-class, research-intensive Russell Group university, in one of Europe's most beautiful cities. The university combines academic excellence with an inclusive culture, and students leave equipped to prosper in a global workplace.
- The university will take into account all information available in the UCAS application, including past examination performance and predictions of future success, as the basis for entry requirements.
- The University of York recognises the value of practical work in science A levels: when results in academic and practical work are separately reported, students are normally expected to achieve a Pass grade in the practical element of a science A level. If this is required, it will be explicitly stated as part of the applicant’s offer. Please refer to the university website for full details of entry requirements.
- The university tailors its teaching to the demand of individual subjects. Students may attend small group tutorials, as well as larger group seminars and lectures for many degree courses.
- Many modules feature online resources and out-of-classroom, self-directed learning methods supported by the university’s Yorkshare virtual learning environment.
- Students get guidance from staff through assessment and feedback, such as exams, coursework, projects or group work.
- Modular courses are available in all subjects.
- Many joint degrees.
- A number of courses have a built-in year abroad; students can apply to study for up to 1 year in Europe, or through the university’s worldwide exchange programme.
Student Services and Facilities
- The university has invested in new research and teaching facilities, including new buildings for many areas. Specific facilities include a new production village comprising broadcast, post-production and theatrical facilities; a natural sciences and laboratory complex; and the Humanities Research Centre with its dedicated library.
- The university's Enterprise Zone is a dedicated centre for student-run businesses.
- High specification computing and video-conferencing facilities are based at the Ron Cooke Hub.
- The University of York's experienced Disability Services staff are committed to providing the best possible support for disabled learners. The team can offer advice and guidance for students with dyslexia and specific learning differences, Asperger’s syndrome, visual and hearing impairment, mental health difficulties and physical/medical impairments.
- The University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) is run for, with and by students, representing student views to their university, the city and on national issues affecting students. YUSU also has an independent Advice and Support Centre to support students with any problems arising whilst at university.
- YUSU hosts a number of club nights in York city centre throughout term-time and runs a number of major events including Fresher’s Week, Roses − the largest inter-university sports competition against Lancaster University − and the end of year Summer Ball at York Racecourse. There are also a variety of YUSU-run bars and a coffee shop on campus.
- YUSU has opportunities for students to gain employability skills whilst at university and funds hundreds of societies, sports clubs, volunteering and fundraising opportunities for students to get involved in.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- There is good availability of part-time work, facilitated through the job board on the Careers Gateway.
- In addition, the Student Internship Bureau can source paid project-based internships with local employers, exclusively for University of York students.
- York Futures personal development programme gives students official recognition for the skills learned at university beyond those developed through their studies. Created in partnership with top graduate employers, it provides a series of activities, including the University’s York Award, to aid students’ preparation for employment and further study.
- At York, students can research career options through an extensive range of online resources and help from careers staff.
- Volunteering programmes, such as the award-winning York Students in Schools, provide opportunities for students to broaden their leadership and organisational skills within schools and community organisations.
- Professional development opportunities include business support and networking. The dedicated Student Enterprise Space offers free hot-desking facilities and support to help students put their business ideas into action, connecting them with mentors and business advisers. Students can also link with recent graduates and senior professionals across a range of industries, or learn about successful York graduates’ career journeys through talks and the university’s award-winning online case studies and mentoring platform. The university has a global network of over 116,000 York alumni, many of whom visit campus to share their stories and offer support.
- International placements are encouraged; students can choose from a portfolio offered by the Centre for Global Programmes. These are supported by free language tuition and global studies modules.
17,156 students in 2015–16:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 76%
- Postgraduate 24%
Mode of study
- Full Time 89%
- Part Time 11%
Where students come from
- UK 80%
- EU 5%
- Other 15%
- Male 43%
- Female 57%
- Since its foundation in 1963, York’s focus on academic excellence has resulted in a strong reputation across the globe.
- York was a pioneer in creating courses designed to enhance students' employability, including offering volunteering, internship and job placement opportunities. This emphasis on employability is still in evidence now, with the creation of York Futures personal development programme.
- In 2014 the Research Excellence Framework rated York University as 14th overall and 10th in the UK for the impact of its research; the university has the largest cluster of environmental researchers in the UK, along with world-leading health economists.
- Peter Lord – film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy award-winning Aardman Animations studio, best known for Wallace & Gromit.
- Jung Chang – a Chinese-born British writer now living in London, best known for her family autobiography Wild Swans.
- Harry Enfield – BAFTA winning British comedian, actor and writer and director.
- Tanya Byron – psychologist, writer and media personality, best known for her work as a child therapist on television shows Little Angels and The House of Tiny Tearaways.
- Willi Geiger – special effects designer for films including Star Wars, Terminator, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter series.
- Mahmoud Mohieldin – Managing Director of the World Bank Group.
- Bruce Daisley – VP of Europe, Twitter.
- Harriet Harman – Labour MP and former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
- Charles Gurassa – Chairman, Channel 4.
- Helen Rippon – Chief Executive of Worldwide Cancer Research.
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