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Welcome to the University of York

The University of York is among the best universities in the UK. It offers you a beautiful campus with modern facilities, close to one of England’s most historic cities.

Search for degrees at the University of York

There are several ways you can gain entry to a University of York degree, including through an on-campus preparation course at the University of York International Pathway College, or an off-campus pathway course at Kaplan International College London.


Top reasons to study here

Top 20 in the UK

Guardian University Guide 2021

Gold Award for teaching: the highest level possible

Teaching Excellence Framework

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching

Guardian University Guide 2021

94% of undergraduates in work or further study within 6 months of graduating

Higher Education Statistics Agency 2016–17

Located in York: a beautiful, historical city rated England’s #1 place to live

Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2018

Guaranteed entry

when you pass your Pathway College course at the required level with good attendance

Subject rankings

Subject areaUK rankingSource
Accounting and Finance24thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
Biosciences6thGuardian University Guide 2021
Business, Management and Marketing14thGuardian University Guide 2021
Chemistry5thComplete University Guide 2021
Communication and Media Studies12thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
Computer Science17thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
Economics19thComplete University Guide 2021
Electrical and Electronic Engineering25thGuardian University Guide 2021
English4thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
Forensic Science and Archaeology9thGuardian University Guide 2021
History12thGuardian University Guide 2021
Law16thComplete University Guide 2021
Politics14thComplete University Guide 2021
Psychology9thGuardian University Guide 2021
Social Policy12thComplete University Guide 2021

Your York experience

York student Tanatat from Thailand

Tanatat from Thailand

Postgraduate degree in Global Marketing at the University of York

I chose to study at the University of York because I had heard about its excellent reputation. I think that my education here will help me find a good job in the future.

York student Yuting from China

Yuting from China

Undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of York

I really enjoyed my time at the University of York. The variety of societies on offer meant I could explore my interests and find people who share my hobbies. I could also easily walk to the city centre from the campus in a few minutes.

Notable alumni

  • Dr Beverley Naidoo (South Africa)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned a BA in English and Education in 1967 and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in 1968.

    Lifetime achievements

    A South African children’s writer, whose first 3 novels featured life in South Africa. Dr Naidoo wrote a biography of the trade unionist Neil Aggett, and won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association (UK). She won the Josette Frank Award twice; for Journey to Jo’burg in 1986 and No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa in 1997.

  • Eduardo Reck Miranda (Brazil)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned an MSc in Music Technology in 1991.

    Lifetime achievements

    Composer of chamber and electro-acoustic music. Miranda is well known in the United Kingdom for his scientific research into computer music, particularly in the field of human-machine interfaces, where brain waves will replace keyboards and voice commands to enable disabled people to express themselves musically.

  • Elleck Mashingaidze (Zimbabwe)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned a PhD.

    Lifetime achievements

    A historian and diplomat, Mashingaidze served as Zimbabwe’s first Ambassador to the USA and Zimbabwe’s first Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 1983 and 1984 Mashingaidze held the post of President of the United Nations Security Council.

  • Han Seung-soo (South Korea)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned a PhD in Economics in 1968.

    Lifetime achievements

    Prime Minister of South Korea from February 2008 to September 2009. Seung-soo was also President of the 56th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2002. He is a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of 80 former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democratic countries, who collaborate to strengthen democratic leadership and governance worldwide.

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin (Egypt)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned an MSc in Economics and Social Policy Analysis in 1991.

    Lifetime achievements

    World Bank Group Senior Vice-President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships. Mohieldin has held numerous senior positions in the Egyptian government, including Minister of Investment from 2004 until 2010.

  • Megan Crane (USA)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned an MA and PhD in English Literature.

    Lifetime achievements

    An American author of more than 80 novels, novellas, essays, and short stories. Crane has written romance novels under the name Caitlin Crews for publishers such as Warner Books, Random House, Harlequin and St. Martin’s Press.

  • Mohammad Hanif Atmar (Afghanistan)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned an MA in Public Policy, Interantional Relations and Post-War Recovery Studies in 1997.

    Lifetime achievements

    A politician and former Interior Minister of Afghanistan for President Karzai’s cabinet until June 2010. Mr Atmar has also held the positions of Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, and Minister of Education.

  • Ratish Nanda (India)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned an MA in Conservation Studies in 1998.

    Lifetime achievements

    A noted Indian conservation architect and Projects Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Nanda lead the team which oversaw restoration work at Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi until 2003. He currently leads the team implementing the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative in Delhi.

  • Sheema Abdul Aziz (Malaysia)

    Graduated from the University of York

    Earned a BA in Archaeology in 2000.

    Lifetime achievements

    Conservationist and President of RIMBA, a Malaysian non-profit research group focused on conservation science. Aziz’s work focuses on conservation ecology of Old World fruit bats, particularly flying foxes.

Learn more about how to start on your path to York

Now, more than ever before, the world needs bright minds like yours. We look forward to welcoming you and equipping you with the tools to build a brighter future.
Unviersity of York Vice Chancellor and President
Prof. Charlie Jeffery Vice-Chancellor and President

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