The University of York is in the top 100 of both the THE and the QS 2010 world rankings, confirming our status as one of the world's foremost universities.
  • #132 Ranking
  • 155 Masters
  • 13500 Students


The University of York was founded in 1963 with 200 students. Since then, it has expanded to 13,000 students and has over 30 academic departments and research centres.

Academic excellence

At York you will be taught by staff who are at the forefront of developments in their subject area and who are committed to extending these developments to others through their teaching. You are likely to find yourself studying in one of the country's top-rated departments: our departments have some of the highest ratings for the quality of their teaching and in in the most recent RAE, carried out in 2008, the results placed the University among the ten leading institutions in the UK for research. Twelve departments were ranked in the top ten in the country with almost all departments in the top 20. More than 90 per cent of the University's academic staff had their work submitted for consideration, so the results accurately reflect the scale and quality of York´s research activity.

The Campus

The main campus at Heslington is a 200-acre landscaped park, well known for its lake and wildfowl. Here the colleges and academic buildings are on a level site within walking distance of each other. Proximity to the historic city of York makes the University a popular choice and provides a pleasant working and residential environment.

York combines the advantages of a university large enough to provide a vibrant social and cultural environment with those of a smaller community able to be welcoming and friendly to its students. The College system helps break the University into smaller units making it easy to meet people and make friends. Plus, the campus and nearby village of Heslington provide a welcoming community atmosphere complemented by the proximity and attractions of the City.

At York, we are proud to offer students:

  • A high-quality academic experience
  • A strong commitment to student support
  • Affordable and plentiful accommodation
  • A lively and stimulating student scene
  • A beautiful location in one of Europe's finest cities...
    ...with easy access from anywhere

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (65)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of York!


Campus landmarks

Heslington Hall

Heslington Hall is a Grade II* listed building near Heslington village. It was constructed as country house in 1568 and was rebuilt in both the 19th and 20th centuries. The Hall's residents have included the Deramore baronry, the Royal Air Force and now the University of York.

Some original features of the house still remain, including the pendant stucco ceiling over the great hall, some of the courtyard face and the staircase towers at the rear. The gardens were first formally landscaped in the early 18th century, including the gazebo and yews that now comprise The Quiet Place.

The King's Manor

The King's Manor is a group of Grade I listed buildings in the heart of York and was originally a residence for the abbots of nearby St. Mary's Abbey. The site includes a variety of historic structures ranging from the 15th to the beginning of the 20th century, and has been used to host a seat for government, private residences and a school for the blind.

It is currently the home of the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of Archaeology and the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies.

Central Hall

Central Hall is a tiered auditorium located at the heart Heslington campus overlooking the lake. It has a capacity of 1190 and is used for concerts, conferences, competitions, fashion shows, graduations and other events.

University library and archives

The University of York library and archives network consists of several libraries on the Heslington campus and in the local area. The JB Morrell library is the main library on campus as is located on University Road.


Heslington campus is home to eight colleges that accomodate resident students and academic departments. Each of the Colleges has its own distinctive identity, facilities and history.


The University campus is the home to many sculptures.

Shopping and food

Market Square

Market Square is located at the heart of Heslington Campus and provides shopping for all staff, students, and visitors.

  • Blackwell Bookshop
    Retailer of over 12,000 academic and literary titles, as well as gifts and stationery.
  • Costcutter
    Offers fresh produce, ethnic and specialty groceries, and University merchandise.
  • YourShop
    Run by the YUSU, this store sells convenience items as well as tickets for events.
  • Campus Design, Copy & Print
    Provides printing and design services, including high volume and large format printing.
  • Cash machines
    Market Square has two cash machines from HSBC and Barclays.

Places to eat

Hungry? Grab a bite to eat from one of over a dozen restaurants, cafés and snack bars.

Wildlife on our campus

Our Heslington campus is located on over 200 acres of parkland centred around Europe's largest plastic-bottomed lake.

The University is is famous for its abundance of wildfowl, but also hosts a diverse range of other wildlife. A bird sanctuary has been established at the southern end of the lake.


The University's lake and wetlands make our campus a popular place for many species of wild and semi-wild wildfowl including ducks, geese, swans, grebes, moorhens, coots, and herons. The two ruddy shelducks were donated by the York Annual Fund in 2009.

Other animals

The campus is also home to other animals, including rabbits and squirrels. The University lake is stocked with fish; seasonal fishing is permitted with a license.

Student Life

Life for all of our students is centred at Heslington on the edge of the historic city of York, where our colleges are set in an attractive landscaped campus. It is compact, easy to get around, and has a safe, friendly atmosphere.

The campus offers a wealth of facilities, with bars, shops, a sports centre, tennis and squash courts, a health centre, theatres and concert halls all within easy walking distance. It is well connected, criss-crossed with an excellent network of cycle paths.

There is a fast, frequent bus service to the city centre and our smaller central site, the beautiful medieval King's Manor.


The College system is a major part of the student experience at York. Students live in a College for their first year at York and remain part of the College community throughout their time here.

Each of the eight Colleges has its own distinctive identity, atmosphere, facilities and history.

The Colleges are a focus for our community, both past and present. They have always been an important part of the experience of York, as our alumni will testify.

Student societies

YUSU, the Students' Union, offers you the opportunity to get involved in a fantastic range of activities. Many of these will give you valuable experience for your career in today's competitive job market and for life, and you may simply never get the chance to do many of them again.

There are over 150 student societies, including award-winning newspapers, the country's first independent radio station, political parties, music and drama societies to cater for every taste, dance lessons, religious groups, film production, photography, our own TV station and even a medieval re-enactment society!

All these are entirely organised by and for students, so if nothing takes your fancy, you can always start your own.

Sports clubs

The Students' Union, under the banner of York Sport, has over 60 active sports clubs including well-known sports like football and cricket, as well as less common activities such as pole exercise, sub aqua and octopush. Archery, badminton, basketball, hockey, judo, karate, netball, table tennis, trampoline and volleyball are all supported by the University's facilities.

Whatever your level of commitment, you can get involved with competitive sports at York. Most clubs have regular matches against other universities as part of BUCS, British Universities and Colleges Sport.

Coaching facilities are available in most sports at a variety of levels.

The annual Roses Tournament against the University of Lancaster is the largest inter-university event in the country: more than 50 competitions are held over one weekend either at York or Lancaster, with the results totalled to establish an overall winner. With York just ahead in the history of the tournament, Roses is hugely competitive!

More than a third of students join York Sport every year - an unusually large proportion which results in a lively and varied sports scene. At a more local level, York's college system has allowed more informal inter-collegiate competitions to develop too. College competitions are organised in a variety of sports, around 19 in all, including athletics, badminton, darts, mini-rugby, hockey, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.

Music and drama

Making music for all

You do not have to be a Music student to enjoy music at York. Societies, student-run ensembles and the University itself provide countless opportunities to play, listen and perform, whatever your level of commitment. There are lunchtime and evening concerts virtually every week on campus, with dedicated performance venues including the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall and Central Hall. Membership of the Music Society allows access to practice rooms in Langwith College for non-Music students.

Instrumentalists and singers can audition for the University Orchestra (at which you may be offered chances to play with other ensembles), the Baroque Ensemble, the Jazz Orchestra and the Chamber Choir. There are also several less formal ensembles, mostly run by students and non-auditioning, including the Concert Orchestra, Concert Band and Gospel Choir.

The Students' Union has several active music societies, including a Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a rock gospel choir and the Central Hall Musical Society. Fusion, a large annual fashion, dance and music show in Central Hall, involves a broad range of individuals, societies and organisations in and around York and raises thousands of pounds for charity. Last but not least, the University Choir performs major choral works every term in venues such as York Minster, and is open to students without audition.

Whatever your musical taste, we guarantee there will be a group for you!

Food and drink on campus

All college accommodation has self-catering facilities. A catering service, open to residents and non-residents, is available in dining rooms and snack bars across the campus, allowing you to purchase meals throughout the day.

In addition, the University provides an inclusive catered accommodation package for a number of rooms in Derwent and Langwith Colleges. The package includes a choice of traditional and continental breakfasts and a wide variety of dinner choices to suit all tastes. This inclusive service is available each weekday during term time from a number of outlets across campus.

The University offers Meals in Advance Deals (MAD) scheme, which has proved hugely popular, providing students with the opportunity to purchase discounted meals in advance, on a term by term basis, giving an average saving of 12% per meal.

Student media

The University of York Students' Union has some of the oldest and most respected student media organisations in the country.

An impressive number of York graduates have gone on to successful careers in the media, including BBC foreign correspondents, newspaper editors, radio presenters - and Greg Dyke, former Director-General of the BBC and now Chancellor of the University of York.


University Radio York, which broadcasts across campus and around the world, was Britain's first independent radio station, student or otherwise. It was recently named Best Student Radio Station by the BBC and has won a number of Student Radio Awards.


York Student Television is the oldest university television station in the country. It broadcasts a range of programmes over a campus cable network and online to the world.

Student press

There are also two student newspapers, Nouse and Vision. Nouse began as a magazine, growing into a quality paper which places special emphasis on the arts, music and politics, while Vision is a more news-based tabloid. In recent years both have won a string of awards in the Guardian Student Media competition. The web-based Yorker is a recent addition to this lively and competitive media universe.

The Global Study Awards

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