University of York

University of York campus building



York, United Kingdom

Region: Europe

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A message from University of York

Since 1963, the University of York has powered its way to a consistently high ranking and is widely recognised as one of the success stories in UK higher education. It is currently ranked first in the UK and seventh in the world in the Times Higher Education world rankings of universities less than 50 years old. It is home to more than 15,000 students and 3,000 staff from 130 countries around the world.

World-class education

The University of York is educating tomorrow’s leaders by teaching in a research-led environment delivered by academics working at the cutting edge of their discipline and who want to communicate their passion for their subject.

Since 2000, the University has invested more than £100m creating bespoke postgraduate study spaces, doubling the size of the library and group study zones, and creating the largest repository of archival materials in the North of England at the University’s Borthwick Institute of Archives.

Our employability strategy includes connecting students to internships, volunteering, research projects, study abroad and leadership programmes such as the York Award to ensure they are prepared for their careers.

Our investment and focus on employability and the wider skills required to make a difference in the world has resulted in 9 out of 10 York students being employed or in further study just six months after graduating.

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Research that is changing the world

As one of the world’s top universities, and a member of the prestigious Russell Group, York’s research profile is internationally renowned. We have an equal balance of strength and expertise in all of our academic disciplines which are managed through academic departments in three clusters; arts and humanities, life and physical sciences and social sciences. Research themes include:

  • environmental sustainability
  • arts, culture and society
  • healthcare
  • science and technology.

We have invested more than £750m in our campus including more than £300m on research facilities for:

  • phasma science
  • atmospheric chemistry
  • biological sciences
  • environmental sciences
  • immunology and infectious diseases
  • medicine
  • complex systems
  • computer science
  • law and management
  • theatre, film and television.

Read some of the research publications to discover the impact of York’s research

A sense of community

From the moment students arrive on campus, they are welcomed as a member of one of our eight colleges where they find a ready-made social network, 24/7 welfare support, leisure and sporting facilities all on hand which help them find their feet and settle in quickly.

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World-wide connections

We have partnerships in place for teaching, research and student exchange with some of the world’s best universities and we are the founding member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), an alliance of top universities from around the world who share best practice in the pursuit of excellent teaching and research.

Take a look at some of our international partners

Historic location

York was recently voted Europe's top international tourist destination, and its historic streets bustle with visitors from all around the world. With a population of 190,000, it is big enough to feel cosmopolitan but small enough not to be overwhelming. In addition it is regularly ranked as one of the safest cities in the UK.

Learn more about Life in York