University of York

University of York

University of York

The University of York provides an outstanding environment for enquiring minds. As a high-performing Russell Group university, our ground-breaking research underpins our inspiring teaching, challenging you to dream big, think critically and change the world.

Our focus on teaching and research excellence has resulted in consistently high rankings in the UK and a first-class reputation across the globe. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education, REF 2021) York was ranked 10th for research impact (excluding institutions which have submitted fewer than four units of assessment). Eight of the University’s academic departments were ranked in the top five for their subject while 12 were in the top ten in terms of research impact. We believe passionately in delivering research-led teaching to help students develop skills needed for success in a competitive global workplace.

Our principles of excellence, equality and opportunity, our beautiful campus and our supportive college system encourage inclusivity and a valuable sense of community. Choose from our wide range of undergraduate to postgraduate courses and you will graduate with more than a qualification. You’ll be immersed in knowledge and opportunities that will encourage you to grow and succeed.

The University of York provides an outstanding environment for enquiring minds. As a high-performing Russell Group university, our ground-breaking research underpins our inspiring teaching, challenging you to dream big, think critically and change the world.

Our focus on teaching and research excellence has resulted in consistently high rankings in the UK and a first-class reputation across the globe. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education, REF 2021) York was ranked 10th for research impact (excluding institutions which have submitted fewer than four units of assessment). Eight of the University’s academic departments were ranked in the top five for their subject while 12 were in the top ten in terms of research impact. We believe passionately in delivering research-led teaching to help students develop skills needed for success in a competitive global workplace.

Our principles of excellence, equality and opportunity, our beautiful campus and our supportive college system encourage inclusivity and a valuable sense of community. Choose from our wide range of undergraduate to postgraduate courses and you will graduate with more than a qualification. You’ll be immersed in knowledge and opportunities that will encourage you to grow and succeed.

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icon Year Established : 1963
icon International Students : 5,945
icon Staff to Student Ratio : 1 : 4.46
icon Student Population : 22,020
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University of York

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York is a contemporary, student-friendly city, renowned for its rich history and heritage. With a population of 200,000, it’s a buzzing city that's small enough to cycle and walk around. The city is ideally situated to explore the stunning scenery of Yorkshire, the part of the UK where York resides, and it has great transport networks that connect you with the major cities of the UK.

York has been at the centre of the UK’s story throughout history. The city centre is surrounded by ancient walls, dating back to Roman times, and the Viking occupation of York is celebrated each year at the Jorvik Viking Festival. York is known as the 'City of Festivals' with a diverse range of festivals and activities happening all year round: including the River Festival, Christmas Festivals, York Festival of Ideas and Aesthetica Film Festival.

York is culturally rich in drama, film, live music, comedy and art, which can be enjoyed at venues such as York Theatre Royal, the Grand Opera House and City Screen York. It's a haven for art lovers, film buffs and theatre fanatics alike.

We are regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK - Yorkshire Named Best Place to Live in the UK (2022) - Sunday Times Best Places to Live

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University of York Rankings

  • 162nd in the QS World University Rankings 2023
  • 142 for International Outlook (2021) - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
  • 3rd in the UK in The Golden Age University Rankings (2020) - Times Higher Education 'Golden Age' Universities 2020
  • 10th in the UK for research excellence in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)*
  • In the world top 100 for Arts and Humanities (2022) - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022
  • In the world top 150 for Social Sciences (2022) - Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022
  • Joint 18th in the UK Guardian University Guide (2022)
  • 94% of our undergraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17 (HESA), UK/EU graduates
  • Top 20 Universities targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2020-21 - High Fliers Graduate Market Report 2021

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1. Teaching & Research Excellence: Our world-leading academics design our courses to inspire and support you to graduation and beyond. Our global reputation for inspirational and life-changing research feeds directly into the teaching you’ll receive. At York you’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework (Times Higher Education, REF 2021) York was ranked 10th for research impact. 

2. University of York was shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards 
- Times Higher Education Awards 2021
- The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 

3. Best Preparation for Work: Overall Strategy Award, Institute of Student Employers (ISE) Development Awards 2018 
(University of York provides comprehensive job preparation support and services for all of our students. Our students career preparation are mapped out right from the beginning of their studies)

4. 94% of our undergraduates & 93% of our postgraduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17 (HESA), UK/EU graduates

5. Safe and Supportive Environment: York provides an excellent student support structure to ensure our students to have a fantastic, safe and enjoyable study and living experience in a green campus environment and student-friendly city.

6. Global Perspective : The University of York has been ranked 28th in a league table of the world’s most international universities. The THE Ranking took into account a number of factors including international staff, students and co-authors on academic papers. York is ranked 12th in the UK for its internationalisation. UoYork encourages a global mindset in our students, reflected in their curriculum, the opportunities they have for study and work abroad, and their preparation for future careers

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