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Research Opportunities at the University of York

Global reputation and research excellence

*Times Higher Education 2014 - excluding specialist institutions which submitted fewer than four units of assessment

Our campus

  • Our beautiful, green, self-contained campus is located just outside York city centre and offers world-class teaching and learning spaces and an excellent environment to live and learn.
  • York has been ranked as the Best Place to live in Britain by The Sunday Times, 2018, and the safest city-based university in England and Wales in the The Complete University Guide 2018.
Research Opportunities at the University of York

Study at York

Your career

  • Our research students are supported by the Research Excellence Training Team, providing a range of courses and workshops to develop skills and support your career planning.
  • 96 per cent of York research students reported being in work and/or further study six months after completing their PhD (HESA, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015. UK Graduates).

Graduate life

  • We offer an excellent range of accommodation on or close to campus.
  • Our network of support services provides easy access to help and support.
  • Our vibrant, student-friendly city is renowned for its rich history and heritage.
  • The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) offers professional, confidential and specialist advice to all postgraduate students. They also run regular social and sporting events, the largest postgraduate welcome week in the UK and a number of postgraduate networks.

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Research Opportunities at the University of York

York Postgraduate Virtual Open Days

Have all your questions answered in one place at our Postgraduate Virtual Open Days, running in November 2018, February 2019 and June 2019.

  • Chat online with our academic staff.
  • Watch talks on financing your studies and PhD student life.
  • Speak to our accommodation, admissions and student support teams.
  • Talk to current students and applicants in our Student Lounge.

Find out more.


There are a range of postgraduate awards available. We offer scholarships supported through generous donations from Alumni as well as several departmental scholarships.


Find out how to apply.

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Email: [email protected]

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Academic Units

  • Excellence in teaching inspired by world class research with impact

    Our Department is one of the UK’s most highly ranked biological sciences departments for research and teaching. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has once again placed us in the top 10 of Biological Sciences departments in the UK. We came 1st for the impact of our research. We cover the spectrum of contemporary biological sciences from molecular aspects of cancer to field ecology.

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  • In the last few years £29 million pounds has been invested in new Chemistry buildings and research facilities at York.

    The York Chemistry Department has a large and successful research school, located in modern laboratories on an attractive campus close to one of England's most beautiful and historic cities. There are more than 50 academic and senior research staff in the department offering a wide range of research opportunities. The majority of our ca 150 graduate students are doing research for the PhD degree, but others study for MPhil and MSc research degrees. We offer a taught MSc in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology as well as an interdisciplinary MRes degrees in Computational Biology which we offer in collaboration with the York Biology and Computer Science departments. About 90 post-doctoral research fellows and academic visitors on research leave from their permanent positions at other universities around the world form another vital part of our chemistry research community.
    Recognising that Internet searching has become the method of choice for most scientists seeking information, we offer the following selection of our web sites which may be helpful to anyone thinking of coming to do chemistry in York:

    http://www.york.ac.uk/ - our University homepage.

    http://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/postgraduate/ - our departmental graduate study pages.

    http://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/postgraduate/taught/ - our Taught Masters courses.

    http://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/postgraduate/research/phdopps/ - currently available research studentships.

    http://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/staff/academic/ - staff research interests.

    http://www.york.ac.uk/chemistry/postgraduate/research/funding/ - sources of financial support for graduate students.

    The range of research interests and opportunities for study leading to a higher degree is extremely broad. Whether your interest is in the spectroscopy of surfaces, organic synthesis, protein structure, or any other area of modern chemical research, there probably is something going on in York to engage your interest. Do visit our web sites and contact us for any further information you might need.

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  • We are a multicultural team of researchers. Our central aim is to undertake research of the highest international standards in Computer Science and related areas. Research is structured into groups, most of them internationally recognised:

    • Advanced Computer Architectures;
    • Artificial Intelligence;
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition;
    • Enterprise Systems;
    • Games;
    • High Integrity Systems Engineering;
    • Human Computer Interaction;
    • Non-Standard Computation;
    • Programming Languages and Systems;
    • Real-Time Systems.

    Research (MSc/MPhil/PhD) students are allocated to groups, enjoy all the facilities of the Department, are funded to attend conferences and experience a number of training opportunities in addition to their research studies. Our approach to research has an emphasis on multidisciplinary work with project teams linking members of different groups, expanding to collaboration with other departments at York, industry and researchers around the world. Current research is funded by grants and contracts with a value totalling more than £11 million from UK science research councils, European Commission and industry. Excellent relations with industry have led the Department to the designation of /University Technology Centre/ by Rolls-Royce and /Centre of Excellence/ by BAE Systems.

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  • Electronic engineers hold the keys to the future. Our research groups and postgraduate programmes link theory, practice and creativity, equipping students to design the devices, applications, systems and networks of the future.

    The Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience research group is one of the leading groups in the world that focus on the interaction between biological and electronic systems. We also undertake fundamental research into the next generation of nanoelectronic hardware including biomolecular electronics, spin-based electron devices and electron microscopy. Our research is used in a wide range of applications including autonomous intelligent vehicles, artificial immune systems, evolvable hardware for adaptive engineering, neural system modelling and electronic systems for healthcare.

    The Communication Technologies group applies its internationally recognised expertise in MIMO, signal processing and coding, resource assignment and access control to wireless systems. Particular areas of interest include co-operative communications, cognitive and green communications, and wireless sensor networks, often applied to unconventional or difficult scenarios involving networks, aerial platforms and underwater situations. This is complemented by innovative research into electronic systems hardware, including new microwave and optical communications devices, and electromagnetic interference and its interaction with biological systems. The Audio Lab, which includes an anechoic chamber, an interactive multi-channel loudspeaker listening room and three professional recording studios, supports our research into virtual acoustics modelling and auralisation, the human perception of sound, human voice production and interactive sonification.

    In Engineering Management and Education, research is undertaken in the education process, skills needed and their assessment.

    In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, 87 per cent of the Department’s research activity was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award for its commitment to supporting women in science and engineering.

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  • World class research

    We confirmed our position as a world-leading research organisation with an international reputation for excellence following the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

    We were ranked equal first nationally for our research environment and are in the top ten nationally, coming 7th out of 32 institutions in the highly competitive Unit of Assessment for public health, health services and primary care. The quality, breadth and volume of our research activity is shown by the fact that 83% of activity submitted was judged as world leading or internationally excellent.

    Our aim is to develop the contribution of scientific evidence in health and health care through high quality research, effective dissemination and implementation. Our research is characterised by: interdisciplinary and international collaboration, a robust scientific foundation and relevance and impact for policy and practice. Researchers in the department collaborate closely with the large, multidisciplinary confederation of university departments and research centres involved in health related research, including the Hull York Medical School (HYMS), the Centre for Health Economics and the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.

    We have research teams working in a number of clinical areas, including cardiac care and education, epidemiology and genetics, mother and infant health, mental health, wound care and complementary and alternative medicine. Researchers are also working to develop and apply rigorous methodology in randomised trials, health care statistics and qualitative methods.

    Producing evidence does not in itself improve health, so we work to find out how evidence is translated into practice, in particular by research into communication and decision making in health care. We also inform and evaluate health policy in various areas including addiction and inequalities in health. All our research groups are interdisciplinary, typically involving clinicians, statisticians, health economists, psychologists, sociologists and epidemiologists.

    Please visit our web site at www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/research for information on research areas in the Department.

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