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Welcome to York 2
Why York? 3
The best place to live in Britain (The Sunday Times, 2018) 4
Accommodation: your home at York 8
Life on campus 10
Your health and wellbeing 13
Our international community 14
Outstanding facilities 16
Postgraduate pathways 18
York was named the best place to live in the UK 2018
by The Sunday Times. The city’s thriving food spots,
innovative industries and mix of modern and medieval
architecture propelled it to the top of the list.

Find out more and experience York for yourself… Postgraduate taught 20
Enhancing your career prospects 22
Learn from our experts 24
Study options 26
Fees and funding 28
Applying to a postgraduate taught course 30

Getting to York
York is accessible from all over the UK and from Postgraduate research 32
international airports. Our dynamic research environment 34
Work with pioneering academics 36
Interdisciplinary research 40
Supporting your career ambitions 42
Study options 45
Fees and funding 46
Applying to a research degree 48

BELFAST Doctoral training programmes 51

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BRISTOL LONDON Online and distance learning 52
Subjects to study at York
Archaeology 56
Biology 61
Chemistry 66
Computer Science 71
Economics and Related Studies 76
Education 81
Eighteenth Century Studies 86
Electronic Engineering 90
English and Related Literature 95
Environment 100
Health Economics 104
Health Sciences 108
History 112
History of Art 117
Human Rights (Applied) 121
Language and Communication 125
Language and Linguistic Science 129
Law 133
Lifelong Learning 137
Management (including Business and Finance) 141
Mathematics 146
Medical School 151
Medieval Studies 155 Sociology 197
Modern Studies 159 Theatre, Film and Television 202
Music 162 Women’s Studies 207
Philosophy 167
Physics 171 Other information
Politics 176 Index of courses 211
Psychology 181 Index 219
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies 186 Getting to the University 221
Social Policy and Social Work 189 Campus map 222
Social Research 194 Term dates Inside back cover
York is a wonderful place to
study – a leading research
University in a beautiful and
historic city, with a green and
open campus and a vibrant
postgraduate community. We
have one of the only dedicated
students’ unions for postgraduates
in the UK, the Graduate Students’
Association (GSA). We provide
tailored support, events and
representation, as well as one of
the UK’s largest postgraduate
welcome weeks.”
Charlotte Chamberlain
Graduate Students’ Association President
Bright and inquisitive minds like yours can reach their full
potential at York, one of the world’s premier institutions for
inspirational and life-changing research.


You’ll take your expertise to the next level by working alongside our pioneering academics and making new discoveries
that could help improve the world we live in. We’ll help you excel in your chosen career by equipping you with critical
and creative thinking skills that are valued across the world.

Global reputation International vision Research excellence

in the world for Arts One of the
and Humanities, top top 100
100 in the world for universities for out of 155 higher
Life Sciences and international education institutions for
Social Sciences.* outlook.* research impact.**

Your future in focus Research-led teaching Pioneering partnerships

We are a premier We maximise our global research

impact and ambition through

of York graduates of postgraduate
taught courses were in employment
or further study six months after
university committed to the best
with other
graduation.*** teaching and research. across the globe.

Prestigious awards
Our recent awards include honours from the Royal Society,
the British Academy, the British Psychological Society and
the Leverhulme Trust. We hold 12 Athena SWAN awards in
recognition of our work to promote gender equality. Awards and achievements

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018
**Based on the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework
(REF 2014), excluding specialist institutions which submitted fewer than four units of assessment
***Higher Education Statistics Agency, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey
2015/16 (UK, EU and international graduates)

You’ll feel at home in York. Our idyllic campus is within
walking distance of the impressive city centre and all of
its amenities, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

York is a vibrant, contemporary,
student-friendly city, renowned for
its rich history and heritage. With
a population of 200,000, it’s big
enough to feel cosmopolitan but small
enough to cycle and walk around.
The characterful centre attracts
visitors from all over the world and
is a dynamic cultural hub for its
residents. With a festival or event for
every month of the year, including
the JORVIK Viking Festival, the York
Christmas Festival and the inspiring
York Festival of Ideas, the city is
always bustling with activity.

Nightlife: creative hotspots   City Screen provides a contemporary

and impressive venues setting for social and cultural events
From cosy pubs to popular clubs,
York is just as lively when the
sun goes down. Music lovers can
delight in an eclectic mix of venues
showcasing aspiring musicians and
established acts. Theatre-fiends can
enjoy productions at York Theatre
Royal or the Grand Opera House,
while film enthusiasts will feel
at home in the relaxed arthouse
cinema, City Screen, or settling
into a sofa at Everyman York for a
luxury cinema experience.

*York was named the best place to live in

the UK 2018 by The Sunday Times.

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  Spark:York is a modern and flexible– 
space to eat, drink and shop–

York is a perfect balance. It’s a fairly

small city and the centre is packed
with a huge choice of shops, restaurants,
bars and museums. There are so many
options for socialising in York, whether
you’re celebrating with friends or
meeting people after a conference.
Cosy old pubs, independent coffee shops,
fancy cocktail bars and award-winning
restaurants – York has them all.”
Alice, PhD English


York is one of Britain’s best-
connected cities so you’ll be
able to travel around the wider
UK with ease. Situated almost
halfway between London and
Edinburgh on the East Coast
mainline, intercity trains reach
London in under two hours and
Edinburgh in just two and a half.

Idyllic countryside and

sweeping coastlines   The scenic seaside town of
Explore beyond the city to discover Whitby is host to one of the biggest
the stunning landscapes of national goth music festivals in the world 
parks, countryside and coast. With
York as your base you can venture
a little further to the spectacular Family life: green spaces shops set within York’s medieval
North York Moors, the Yorkshire and interactive attractions City Walls, but just a short bus
Dales and Yorkshire’s charming York is an ideal place to raise journey away there are modern
seaside towns. a family, with a great range of complexes and a designer outlet.
Travel as part of a group to high performing schools. We’re
make friends and memories also rated the safest city-based
Eating: cosy cafés and
with the Graduate Students’ university in the UK*. The city
cosmopolitan cuisine
Association, who arrange popular Boasting a thriving street food
has a wealth of activities and
trips to places such as Oxford, scene, high-quality restaurants
welcoming spaces for families
Leeds and the Lake District. and cosy coffee shops, York has
to enjoy, with more attractions
earned its reputation as a major
yorkgsa.org per square mile than any other
foodie destination. New for 2018 is
city in the UK. From the famous
Spark:York, a community space where
National Railway Museum to
you’ll find a brewery, a cocktail bar
the Yorkshire Museum, where
and an eclectic mix of food outlets, all
Sir David Attenborough opened
in re-purposed shipping containers.
the Jurassic World exhibition
There’s fresh local produce and
in March 2018, there is always
ABERDEEN cosmopolitan cuisine at Shambles
something new for you to discover.
Market and Food Court, and plenty
*Complete University Guide – Top 10 of independent cafés to relax in,
EDINBURGH Universities in England and Wales
with Low Crime Levels 2017
offering delicious delicacies. For
NEWCASTLE a special dining experience you
BELFAST can choose from York’s impressive
YORK Shopping: high street variety of esteemed restaurants.
favourites and independent
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York offers some of the most
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distinctive and stylish shopping

BRISTOL in the UK. Major retail chains
EXETER share the streets with designer FIND OUT MORE
boutiques, specialist stockists York city guide
and organic food retailers. The york.ac.uk/city
city centre is compact, with many

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York’s iconic medieval streets –
– provide a backdrop for all – 
kinds of cultural festivals –

The Sunday Times, 2018

Create your study sanctuary in accommodation on or close to
campus. With study areas, social spaces and our vibrant city centre
all within walking distance, you’ll soon settle in to York life.

Living on campus Families and couples

You’ll live with other postgraduate If you’d like to bring your family with you
students in one of our friendly on your York journey, we have a limited
colleges. These offer a ready-made number of properties for families on
community to help you settle in and and off campus, plus on-campus studio
meet people. You’ll have everything rooms for couples. Priority is given to
you need on campus, with cafés, bars, students from outside the EU.
shops, sports facilities, bike sheds, york.ac.uk/accomm-families
common rooms, study areas and a
health centre right on your doorstep. york.ac.uk/accomm-couples
See page 10 to find out more about life
on campus.

What’s included? View 360s and image galleries online

All our postgraduate accommodation york.ac.uk/accommodation
is self-catered, usually with a 51-week
let length. The majority of our rooms
are en-suite, but we also offer economy
rooms and studio flats.
▪▪ access to a shared kitchen
▪▪ access to a shared bathroom or
▪▪ electricity, heating, water and
contents insurance
▪▪ 24-hour campus security
▪▪ wifi with no download limit.
2018/19 prices range from £106 to
£176 per week.

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Additional needs
We have a number of accessible
rooms and a variety of facilities to
help meet your needs. If you have
any additional requirements due to
health, welfare or mobility reasons,
mention these when you apply for
accommodation. For example, if you
need a room with wheelchair access,
in a particular location, or with
bathroom and catering options to
help manage a particular condition,
let us know.

Our guarantee
You’re guaranteed an offer
of a room in accommodation
owned, managed or approved
by the University if you fulfill all
these criteria:
▪▪ you’re a new full-time student
applying for a single room for the
full academic year
▪▪ you’re paying international
(non-EU) tuition fees
▪▪ you book your accommodation and
accept an unconditional course
place by the guarantee deadline.
You’ll also be guaranteed
accommodation for each year of your
course if you book by the deadline
advertised each year.
There are also plenty of private
Even if you don’t meet the
student flats and houses within easy
guarantee you can still apply for
walking distance, which we can help
accommodation. We’re able to help
direct you to. Wherever you live you’ll
some non-guaranteed students and if
be a member of one of our colleges.
we can’t offer you accommodation we
Our Graduate Students’ Association
can point you in the right direction.
has a Facebook group which is a great
place to meet other postgraduates who
Off-campus accommodation are looking to share.
Student Castle offers university-
approved suites and apartments,
just inside the City Walls. You’ll be a
member of Wentworth, our graduate
college, and all bills are included,
along with wifi, 24/7 security, cycle
hire and a fully equipped gym. FIND OUT MORE
Graduate Students’ Association

Our beautiful green campus is a lively and
friendly space for your social, cultural and
academic life. Walk or pedal your way around
and down the road into the bustling city centre.

Our self-contained campus is of only a few UK universities with students. Together, they co-ordinate
divided into Campus East and this type of independent support sport, social activities and welfare
Campus West. No matter where specifically for postgraduates. support. With over 200 societies,
you’re based you’re never far from The GSA is our postgraduate from bellringing to breakdancing
our cafés, restaurants, shops, sports students’ union, offering an advice and physics to poetry, there are
facilities and support services. In the service and a year-round calendar many opportunities to indulge your
heart of the city, our historic King’s of social and academic events. passions or try something new.
Manor is home to the Department This includes one of the largest yusu.org
of Archaeology, the Centre for postgraduate welcome weeks in the
Medieval Studies and the Centre UK. You can also find support and Whether you live on or off campus,
for Eighteenth Century Studies. share your experiences through when you join us you’ll become a
their PhD, Masters, Family, LGBTQ, member of one of our vibrant colleges.
Your community Graduate Teaching Assistant and Each has its own personality, but every
Together, our colleges and students’ College Tutor networks. college aims to cultivate your academic
unions create a real sense of curiosity, develop your skills and
community and a way of meeting employability, and support your health
people outside your course. and wellbeing.
Working alongside the GSA and
Our Graduate Students’
our colleges, the University of York york.ac.uk/collegelife
Association (GSA) is dedicated to
Students’ Union (YUSU) is an
representing and supporting all our
independent body representing all our
postgraduate students. We’re one

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The welcoming and accepting
community at York really helped
me settle in very quickly and supported
me throughout the ups and downs of
doing my PhD. Now, as GSA Vice
President, I co-ordinate activities and
opportunities for postgraduates to meet,
network and have fun.”
Fatma Layas
GSA Vice President (Wellbeing and Communities)

Family friendly Expand your intellectual

The GSA’s Family Network helps horizons with free Open Lectures YORK SPORT VILLAGE
studying parents and their partners and inspirational events such as ▪▪ 120-station fitness suite with
to feel at home by providing YorkTalks, our annual research integrated TVs
▪▪ Eight-lane 25m swimming pool
opportunities to meet, socialise and showcase. We also run the York
▪▪ Olympic standard 250m
share advice. There are also good Festival of Ideas – one of the largest velodrome
childcare options available both on free festivals in the UK, featuring over ▪▪ Floodlit 3G football pitches
and close to campus, including the 200 mostly free events to educate, ▪▪ Air-conditioned fitness studios
York Campus Nursery and Pre-school. entertain and inspire through talks, ▪▪ Sauna and steam room
exhibitions, theatre, music and film. ▪▪ 1km cycle circuit
york.ac.uk/culture YORK SPORT CENTRE
Culture on campus
york.ac.uk/societies ▪▪ 70-station fitness and
Take in the theatre with a different
performance gym
show every week during term-time at
Sport and fitness ▪▪ York Sport Arena and Sport Hall
our student-run Drama Barn. Watch, for badminton, basketball, netball
play or perform with our student Stay healthy and de-stress in our
and more
societies dedicated to pantomime, fantastic sports facilities. Whether
▪▪ Indoor tennis and squash courts
opera and much more. you want to keep fit, play for fun,
▪▪ Regional-standard athletics
Music lovers can enjoy a meet new friends or compete at the stadium
rich programme of concerts by highest level, there is something for
▪▪ 39 acres of grass playing fields
international visiting artists and everyone at York. Join a University
by our university ensembles, sports club or a college team and
orchestras, choirs and musical choose from familiar favourites like
theatre productions. cricket, football and karate or the
more unusual, such as octopush. We
also offer scholarships, support and
training for top performing athletes.
Our sports facilities are
recognised as some of the best in
TAKE A LOOK AT the region and the University is one
DUCK OF THE DAY of only ten British Rowing START FIND OUT MORE
to meet some of our Centres in the UK, supporting Read about life on campus from our
much-loved campus students with Olympic potential. student blogger, Abigail (MA History
of Art)
wildfowl york.ac.uk/sport

  Our Basketball Club– 
practising at York Sport Arena–   University Symphony Orchestra  

I have felt supported since before

I left Canada to come here, and
the staff and student representatives
have continued to provide helpful
advice and information. York is
inviting, full of beauty and history,
and very friendly to newcomers.”
Camila, MA Public Health
Read more about Camila’s adventures in York:

Our network of support services is designed
to help you get the best from your time at
York. We’ve got accessible help and advice
whenever you need it.

Your first point of contact ▪▪ Our Chaplaincy can provide ▪▪ Open Door offers professional
Your academic supervisor will play support to all students regardless and confidential support to
an integral role in supporting you in of background, as well as students experiencing mental
your university life. They’ll guide your opportunities to discuss matters of health challenges.
studies and personal development, faith and belief.
and steer you towards the resources ▪▪ Nightline is a confidential Health services
and services available to support your listening and information service You can register with our on-campus
health, wellbeing and practical needs. run by students. medical centre. If you take any
Your college team will also medication or have a long-term health
be there to help you settle in and Specialist and practical condition or disability, contact them
represent your interests in our support before you arrive so that they can help
community, whether you live on or ▪▪ The Student Hub can help you you make a smooth transition.
off campus. with both the everyday and
the unexpected, from finance
Space to reflect
Someone to talk to Our Quiet Place and dedicated prayer
and childcare to housing and
You won’t be short of a listening ear rooms are open to anyone as a space
immigration, including support
or impartial advice should you need it. to think. The chaplains can provide
for students with caring
information on places for worship
▪▪ Our college teams offer welfare responsibilities.
both on and off campus. We also have
advice and can help resolve issues ▪▪ If you have a disability or specific
a number of student societies that can
or point you in the direction of learning difficulty, our Disability
offer spiritual and cultural support
specialists. team can provide advice, reasonable
to people of all faiths and none.
▪▪ The Graduate Students’ adjustments and study skills
Association’s Advice Service and support.
YUSU Advice and Support Centre ▪▪ For international students we
both offer impartial advice on provide specialist support on FIND OUT MORE
topics such as academic issues, everything from visa advice to Student support
exceptional circumstances and adjusting to life in another country york.ac.uk/support
health and wellbeing. and studying in another language. Graduate Students’ Association
See page 14. yorkgsa.org/welfare

As a student at York you’ll enjoy a genuinely global
experience as part of a diverse, international community.
Before you arrive We may be able to put you in touch week programme for new students,
We provide a range of services with York students or alumni from and English language courses and
to ensure your move to York is as your country, so you can ask questions workshops. We also provide an
straightforward as possible and to and hear their experiences first-hand. Immigration Advice service and offer
help you prepare for your new life in If you need a visa to study in facilities for practising your faith.
the UK. the UK, we’ll guide you with expert
Our staff make regular overseas assistance and advice. Continuing support
visits and work with agent You’ll be offered English language,
representatives across the world. When you arrive literacy and communication support
We offer a collection service from during your studies. Distance learners
Manchester airport, a welcome can receive writing advice online.

I’m proud to be a part of the University

community. Campus is a great place to
study and the cultural city centre is just a
short walk away.”
Syuhaida, PhD Environmental Science

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Visiting students
We welcome visiting students MEET US
from across the world, through Chat with staff and students online or
partnerships and programmes meet us at an event in your country.
such as Erasmus+. You can
apply to spend time at York
for up to three terms (taught
postgraduate) or 18 months FIND OUT MORE
(research postgraduate) before International Recruitment team
returning to your own university york.ac.uk/international
to complete your qualification. +44 (0)1904 323534
International Student Support

  Campus East in the spring  

  The ruins of St Mary’s Abbey
in York Museum Gardens  

Our Careers and Placements team

offer support and can provide you
with international networking
opportunities through the York
Alumni Association.

Plot your route to a

Masters at York
Our Pre-Masters courses can help
prepare you for postgraduate study
by strengthening your academic and
English language skills before you
begin your study. If you successfully
complete the course to the required
level, you’ll be guaranteed a place on
your chosen Masters degree at York.
You can choose to study on campus at
our International Pathway College, or
in London at our partner institution
Kaplan International College.

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You’ll benefit from an exceptional learning environment,
with access to specialist teaching and research facilities.

Study spaces
Our extensive Library is open 24/7,
362 days of the year. It includes
over 1,250 study places for single or
group study, in quiet areas or social
learning spaces, some exclusively for
postgraduate students’ use.
The University Library is home
to Borthwick Institute for Archives,
one of the largest and most varied
archives of any university in the UK,
and the Raymond Burton Library.
You’ll also find impressive study
facilities in other buildings across
campus, including the Ron Cooke
Hub’s stunning lakeside pods and
collaborative study spaces.
Our King’s Manor Library in
the city centre has collections
relating to architecture,
archaeology, medieval studies
and eighteenth century studies.
The magnificent York Minster
Library is open to all members of
the University and you can hop   Breakout space in the Spring Lane Building 
on a free weekly shuttle bus from   The Ron Cooke Hub offers– 
campus to visit the British Library at study pods with lakeside views– 
Boston Spa, just 15 miles from York.

Teaching facilities
Our world-class teaching and learning
spaces, laboratories and research
facilities allow you to study in a
way that’s convenient to you. We’ve
invested over £500m to expand our
campus. Most recently, we’ve invested
in teaching and research facilities
for our Departments of Biology,
Chemistry and Environment. Check
their entries in this prospectus for
more information.

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The lab is open 24/7. I just want to
stay here all the time because the
department and facilities are amazing.
I can go in there with a script and come
out with a movie.”
Nachiket, MA Digital Film and Television Production
(now offered as a range of specialist courses: see page 202)

  Our Humanities Research Centre is a– 

collaborative space for postgraduate students– 
Connect on campus
You’ll have no problem getting
connected with our extensive wifi
across campus.
Not bringing your own laptop?
Don’t worry, you can use one of our
networked computers across campus,
many of which are available 24/7.
You can also collaborate and keep
in touch using Google Apps on your
phone or other device.
Enhance your learning through
simulation, collaborative projects and
study activities on our virtual learning
environment. In many departments
you can also watch videos of your
previous lectures.

  The Piazza Building on Campus

East, home to the International
Pathway College 


Campus investment
IN THE LIBRARY york.ac.uk/campus-investment
University Library
LIBR ARY Research units
ACCESS york.ac.uk/research/units

362 DAYS OF IT Services


We offer a range of postgraduate taught
and research degrees, including a growing
portfolio of online and distance learning
courses. Whichever route you choose,
you’ll work with outstanding academics
and enhance your career prospects.

Postgraduate taught Postgraduate research Online and distance learning

Taught courses involve a series Research degrees are the highest You can study flexibly online
of modules on which you’re degree awarded by UK universities, anywhere in the world with
assessed throughout your course. allowing you to conduct an personal academic support
Modules are delivered through in-depth study of a particular throughout your studies. You’ll
a mix of lectures, seminars and topic. You’ll produce a piece of be part of a distinct collaborative
independent study, and you’ll be independent and original research, learning community where you’ll
able to explore your subject in which you’ll write up in the form get to know and share ideas with
depth through a dissertation. Read of a thesis or a dissertation. Read your fellow students. Find out more
more about taught programmes on more about research programmes about online and distance learning
pages 20–31. on pages 32–51. courses on pages 52–53.

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You may be better suited to a
taught course if:
▪▪ you already have an interest in a
particular topic which you’d like to
explore further
▪▪ you need a Masters qualification for
a specific industry or career
▪▪ you prefer the idea of more
structured study that is assessed by
regular assignments.
You may be better suited to a
research degree if:
▪▪ you like the idea of intensive
research into a topic you’re already
interested in
▪▪ you’re an independent worker,
able to study over a longer period
(although some taught courses can
also last three years)
▪▪ you’re interested in a research-
related career.
For more detailed guidance on the
types of courses on offer, see our
study options on pages 26–27 (taught)
and 44–45 (research).

With full-time, part-time and online
courses available, we offer a number
of flexible options to suit your lifestyle
and chosen career.



Online and
distance learning

Advance your career and subject knowledge on our expertly
designed courses. Study and learn with active researchers and
professionals who are experts in their field.

CREATING Why study at York?

A postgraduate degree from York
Research-led teaching
We’re one of the world’s premier
OPPORTUNITY will help give you a competitive edge institutions for inspirational and
by equipping you with the analytical ground-breaking research. This
Why do a Masters? skills valued in today’s global research expertise feeds directly into
Competition for graduate-level jobs marketplace and by encouraging you your teaching. In the most recent
is becoming tougher as more of the to develop an international outlook. assessment of UK research (Research
workforce has an undergraduate Whether you study online or on Excellence Framework 2014), we were
degree. A postgraduate qualification campus, you’ll have access to a range ranked 14th overall and 10th for the
from York could set you apart from of impressive facilities and resources impact of our research*.
the competition and propel you and you’ll benefit from our dedicated
*Times Higher Education 2014 – excluding
towards a new or advanced career. Graduate Students’ Association. You’ll specialist institutions which submitted fewer
Our courses are ideal if you wish make connections with new people than four units of assessment
to continue your higher education from day one on courses which are
and deepen your understanding designed and delivered by staff at the
of a subject before entering the forefront of their disciplines.
job market, or are a professional If you’re studying on campus you’ll
looking to extend your expertise be within walking distance of our
in a subject or change career. thriving and cultural city centre.

  Electronic Engineering
laboratory teaching

  Social Sciences seminar 

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You study in a more
independent way
than at undergraduate
level. I understand what
my lecturers are currently
researching and –
naturally – they love
talking about it. After
our induction all the
Linguistics Masters
students chatted with the
academics. It really felt
like I was part of a
community of thinkers.”
MSc Forensic Speech Science


Masters taster days
Postgraduate taught study
Postgraduate study toolkit
helps you to ask the right questions
about postgraduate taught study.

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We’ll help you to develop skills which are highly sought
after by employers, ensuring that you stand out as an
exceptional candidate in the global marketplace.

Your career success

Our graduates succeed at leading
organisations all over the world. We’ll
support you in making the most of
your investment in postgraduate
study, by providing you with the skills
and resources that will help to further
your career potential.

Access to employers
As a Russell Group university, we have
an excellent reputation, making us an
important choice for top recruiters,
from large corporations to charities
and third sector employers.
We offer a comprehensive
programme of events designed to help
you connect with potential employers,
including careers fairs, employer-led
events and networking meetings.
You’ll also have the chance to network
via our online York Profiles and
Mentors platform.

My postgraduate course at York led straight into my first

professional role as a Sound Editor and Sound Designer on a
Universal Studios-backed feature film. After this, I was able to use
contacts made during my Masters to secure a once-in-a-lifetime position
working with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team where I
designed the sound experience for their F1 driving simulators.”
Andrew Manns (MA Postproduction with Sound Design, now offered as MA Film and Television
Production with Sound)
Audio Systems Group Leader at Jaguar Land Rover

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Here to help Start an enterprise Engage with top employers
Our Careers and Placements team can Tap into the culture of innovation We work with leading recruiters,
help you research your options and at York in the dedicated Student including:
identify and articulate skills gained Enterprise Space. The centre offers ▪▪ Aviva ▪▪ FDM Group
through postgraduate-level study. free hot-desking facilities and our
▪▪ Cancer ▪▪ L’Oréal
Your Faculty will have a dedicated enterprise team can help you access
Research UK ▪▪ NHS
careers consultant who can offer funding, advice and guidance.
▪▪ Civil Service ▪▪ Nissan
advice and guidance. We also offer york.ac.uk/enterprise
bespoke sessions to international ▪▪ Deloitte ▪▪ P&G
students to help you explore work in ▪▪ Enterprise ▪▪ PwC
the UK and beyond.
Developing professional ▪▪ Ernst & Young ▪▪ Teach First
networks (EY)
Work experience Our networking events will help you
We can provide you with details of to make valuable connections with
job vacancies and work experience recent graduates and established
opportunities and you may be alumni across a range of sectors. Once
you leave York, you’ll be invited to join
able to undertake an internship.
Our Student Internship Bureau the York Alumni Association, giving Depending on your course, it may
advertises an exclusive programme you lifelong access to careers support be possible to work or study abroad
of paid project-based internships and networking opportunities as part of your Masters, spending
with local employers, enabling with fellow York graduates. from two weeks to a few months at
you to enhance your career one of our partner universities or
prospects alongside your studies. host organisations. Or you may be
Some of our Masters courses able to travel abroad with other
Learn a language students to one of our International
also include practicals and fieldwork
We offer free language and Study Centres.
to help you apply the theory and
intercultural competency courses These life-changing opportunities
knowledge learned on your course to
to help you prepare for a period of can boost self-confidence,
real-world problems.
work or study abroad. We also offer independence and ambition. You’ll
york.ac.uk/careers a number of general and bespoke gain a new perspective in your field
language courses, from beginner to of expertise and make valuable
advanced level. professional connections.

I was explicitly told when I got the job with an MP that

my MA had made a difference: it immediately
demonstrates that you have an advanced skill set,
commitment and dedication to your work. A Masters really
does set you apart from the crowd.”
Alex Osbourne (MA Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, 2015)
Parliamentary Assistant


Languages for International Mobility
Languages for All

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Join our vibrant We’ll help you to deepen your subject knowledge and open the door to
exciting new career options in the UK and beyond. You’ll benefit from
community of creative our outstanding facilities, extensive library and research-driven courses
designed and delivered by staff who are leaders in their subject.
and critical thinkers,
learning from and Completing my Master of Public Health has
working alongside broadened my application of Medical Sciences to
renowned academics the wider society by expanding my critical thinking
at the forefront of skills. I found these transferable skills extremely useful
when launching girlsinscience.co.uk – a social
their fields. enterprise initiative promoting women within the
scientific community. York has been an incredibly
innovative environment with an extensive variety of
women scientists to learn from.”
Lakechia, Master of Public Health (MPH)

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The Department of
History has been
exceptional in supporting
me as an international
postgraduate student. The
lecturers and my
supervisor Dr Geoffrey
Cubitt are truly world
experts in their fields and
it has been an amazing
experience learning from
them to develop my
research into how visitors
learn history in museums.”
Dan, MA Modern History

My lecturers have helped me to strengthen my theoretical understanding of

the subject. I’ve now started working on my dissertation with my supervisor,
Dr Olayinka Ajala from the Department of Politics, looking at the conflict pockets
in India and whether Maoist crises are the result of lack of development.”
Rashmi, MA Conflict, Governance and Development

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  The Edge café, based in Wentworth Graduate College 


Whether you’re changing career, aiming for a promotion or wanting
to deepen your understanding of a subject you’re passionate about,
our expertly designed and flexible courses will help you to meet
your career goals and fit study around your lifestyle.
The York Approach confident about applying the skills to be able to do when you graduate
Our courses are carefully designed and knowledge you have acquired and will help you to explain what you
by our academics so that you have throughout your degree, to new can offer to employers.
the best opportunities to build your situations, especially in the workplace. You’ll get the guidance you need
knowledge, develop your abilities and from staff through supervisor
progress towards learning outcomes.
Learning outcomes meetings and group work; you’ll also
You’ll have a clear understanding get feedback on assessments such as
At every stage of study you’ll know
of the aims of your chosen course, exams, coursework and projects.
what you’re aiming for and why. At
as well as learning outcomes which
the end of your degree, you’ll feel
are unique to your course, capturing
its distinctive characteristics. The
outcomes tell you what you can expect

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Find the right ▪▪ Master of Law (LLM) enables shorter in length and are unlikely to
course type for you you to specialise in a field of include a dissertation. Some of these
law, suitable for mid-career courses are stand-alone qualifications
Masters degrees
professionals or new graduates. and others are a stepping off point
A Masters degree will develop
▪▪ Master of Research (MRes) in a Masters. Diplomas can vary in
the skills and knowledge you’ve
is for those who would like to length but are usually nine months
gained at undergraduate level,
pursue a career in social policy, full-time, while Certificates usually
with opportunities to advance your
social work or psychology, where take six months to one year full-time.
knowledge or explore a new subject.
an understanding of research
If you’re already pursuing a career, Professional training programmes
will be useful.
a Masters degree will add academic Our professional development courses
theory to professional experience. ▪▪ MA/MSc by research – these
are often vocational in nature and are
Most courses last one year and are research Masters focus more
designed for those working in or with
full-time. on producing a dissertation and
public services, or who wish to enter
involve less coursework than
We offer the following certain professions. These include:
a taught Masters. You’ll work
qualifications: ▪▪ Postgraduate Certificate in
closely with a supervisor and
▪▪ Master of Arts (MA) and Master receive other research training Education (PGCE) – for entry into
of Science (MSc) – if you study and support. teaching. See page 82 for details.
full-time you will typically spend ▪▪ Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in
six to nine months following Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Nursing – this leads to professional
taught modules, culminating with and Postgraduate Certificate registration in nursing (adult field).
three to six months writing a (PGCert) See page 110 for details.
dissertation or conducting a piece These courses allow you to
▪▪ MA in Social Work – this enables
of independent study. specialise at a Masters level but are
you to apply to register as a social
worker. See page 192 for details.
▪▪ Master of Public Administration
(MPA) – for experienced public
services managers who want to
develop their understanding and
I have worked in the museum and heritage skills. See page 190 for details.
industry for several years, but wanted to find ▪▪ Master of Public Health (MPH) –
a way to increase my knowledge of the field. for health professionals and those
The part-time MA programme was the perfect fit, working in related sectors who
want to develop their knowledge
allowing me to continue to work while learning. and skills. See page 109 or page 153
And where better to conduct research on for details.
medieval religious art than at an
institution surrounded by it?”
Tabbatha, MA History of Art FLEXIBLE OPTIONS
You can study full-time, part-time or
online. We offer a range of flexible options
to suit your lifestyle, so you can balance
your studies around family or work

It may be possible to work or study abroad
during your postgraduate studies, adding an
enriching dimension to your learning.

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You may be eligible to apply for a number of funding
sources to help with fees and living expenses.
Fees also continue to be eligible for UK
Tuition fees cover the cost of your government-backed Masters loans.
study with us. Fees can vary by course
and whether you’re classed as a UK/ Funding for international
EU or international student. (non-EU) students
We offer a range of scholarships
Funding for UK/EU students for international students, based
The following options are available to on academic merit, each with
help with tuition fees and living costs: specific deadlines. We recommend
▪▪ University scholarships for specific you apply to your chosen course as
subjects early as possible, as you’ll need to
hold an offer of study to be eligible
▪▪ UK government Masters loans of
for our scholarships. Some of our
up to £10,609.
scholarships are country-specific.
▪▪ Professional and Career A number of academic
Development Loans offered by departments also offer scholarships
banks at a reduced rate of interest. for international students; check
Note for EU students: the UK department web pages for further
government has confirmed that information.
EU students starting in 2019/20 The British Council has a
will continue to pay UK fees for the searchable scholarship database;
duration of their studies, even if you can contact your local office
the course concludes after the UK’s for advice.
exit from the EU.​EU students will britishcouncil.org

Completed an
Check the funding application deadlines. To be eligible you undergraduate
normally need to hold an offer of study. Start researching your degree at York?
funding options a year before applying to a course.
You could be eligible for a

10% discount
Work while you study – a part-time job or casual work could Masters fee
contribute towards your costs while studying, giving you the
opportunity to develop skills that are valued by employers and
strengthen your CV. Whatever your situation, our Careers and york.ac.uk/pgt-alumni-discount
Placements team can offer help and advice about working part-time
during your studies.
york.ac.uk/pgt-work Fees and expenses for taught courses
Funding for taught courses

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  The restaurant in the Piazza Building,
home to York International Pathway College,
serves aAtrium 
  Biology variety of world cuisines every day

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A step-by-step guide

Look at the entry

Course requirements
Typically you’ll need at least the equivalent of a UK upper
second-class (2:1) honours degree. However, some courses will
accept lower second-class (2:2) honours degrees combined with
Choose a relevant professional experience and/or vocational qualifications.

course Requirements may vary by course.

Language requirements
Explore what’s on offer and If your first language is not English, you’ll need to demonstrate
decide which course you would that you meet the level of English language proficiency required by
like to study. the course you are applying to.

york.ac.uk/pgt-courses york.ac.uk/pgt-english-requirements

Pre-Masters pathways
If you don’t meet the entry requirements, some of our Masters
courses offer you the opportunity to prepare for entry via an
international pre-Masters course in York or London. If you
successfully complete the course to the required level you will be
guaranteed a place on your chosen Masters at York.

Check the application deadline

Entry to many courses is competitive so apply as early as possible. In most cases
applications can be submitted throughout the year, but some departments have
recruitment rounds with set time periods.

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Explore your
funding options
There are various funding options available to help with tuition fees
and living costs.
If you’re applying for funding you normally need to hold an offer.
Be sure to check the funding application deadlines.
After you
We’ll acknowledge your
application by email. You
can then track the progress
of your application via You@

Complete your York. This also allows you to

upload additional supporting
application information and update your
contact details.
We’ll let you know which supporting documents you need at the
start of your online application. These documents can be uploaded
during your application and after you have submitted it.
You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can
start it, save it and finish it later.

If you have been successful with your application, you will receive an offer letter via email. You should read the terms and
conditions set out in this letter carefully before you accept your offer.
If you’re applying to one of the following courses, you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
(UCAS): MA in Social Work, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Nursing, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

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Explore the questions that drive your curiosity. Make
your contribution to human knowledge and gain skills
that can prepare you for a wide range of careers.

  Research into the biologically-inspired behaviours

of an interactive robotic swarm at York Robotics Laboratory 


Times Higher Education, 2017

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York Graduate Research School and make connections with I loved the Three
York Graduate Research School other researchers and potential
(YGRS) brings together the support collaborators. You can gain
Minute Thesis
you need to make the most of your presentation experience by competition (3MT).
research degree. explaining your research concisely Presenting your work
YGRS looks after our vibrant to a non-specialist audience
community of more than 2,000 through the Three Minute Thesis
clearly and concisely to
research students. Alongside your (3MT) competition. Or exhibit so many people is an
department, the School will help you your research at the PhD Research amazing opportunity.
to engage with our dynamic research Spotlight competition.
environment and all it has to offer. You can also find out I have become a much
You’ll receive high quality training about our latest discoveries better speaker and my
and supervision and get access to at YorkTalks, featuring York’s confidence has grown
workshops, courses, expert advice leading academics, as well as
and the latest funding information. departmental research events and hugely.”
our Open Lectures series. Jet, 3MT winner 2017
Events and competitions (PhD Psychology)
A variety of competitions and events
give you the chance to showcase
your work to a broad audience

My AHRC-funded thesis is a collaboration

between the Burrell Collection in Glasgow
and the University of York. I’m privileged to work
one-on-one with leading academics in the field while
exploring the culture of heraldic stained glass FIND OUT MORE
through Burrell’s renowned collection.”
Oliver, PhD History of Art

Our pioneering researchers collaborate across seven
interdisciplinary themes to address the great scientific,
social and environmental challenges of our times.
Bring your questions and passion to this rich
environment and take our research in new directions.

Creativity is a key driver of
modern, dynamic societies and
is at the centre of our research Our research crosses disciplines
excellence. Our research links to address the unprecedented
traditional arts and humanities global impacts of food, energy and
disciplines with science and climate change. By collaborating
engineering. We work with widely and providing the evidence
partners in the creative sector and base for policy makers, researchers
we study the impact of creativity at York are helping to shape a more
on our society and economy. sustainable future for us all.


From prehistory to the present,

our researchers explore every kind
of cultural activity, product and
practice, alongside every aspect of
communication. By developing new
intellectual tools to make sense
of human thought and behaviour,
they are advancing and challenging
how we understand the world.

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Technology is at the heart of
Our global reputation is built on human progress. Humanity has
excellent research that begins with advanced by shaping materials
understanding the fundamental into tools, accessing sources
underpinnings of health and of energy, cultivating plants,
disease. We draw on a wide range creating communication methods
of academic skills and disciplines, and transforming medicine
working together to discover, refine and healthcare. And now our
and apply new interventions to researchers are shaping the future
improve health and wellbeing. in many of these areas.


In an increasingly complex
world, our research is having
an impact on how decisions
on risk are made and how they are
shaped by technological, social and
cultural factors. By drawing on our
understanding of these factors,
we can provide government and
industry with better risk models
and help influence policy.


Fairness, inclusivity, equality and

welfare are policy fields where our
research sets the political agenda.
These areas also define our values
and approach to meeting the social
challenges of our time at national
and international levels.

Meet some of our research students who are working
with leading academics on innovative discoveries.


Comics and catastrophe:

exploring graphic narratives
of the Holocaust

My research focuses on the

representation of the
Holocaust in comic books and
graphic novels, and why writers are
drawn to represent traumatic
experiences in this way. As a
member of the Future of Holocaust
Memory Network, I work with
colleagues across disciplines, and
felt immediately at home working
with Dr Lisa Peschel in the
Department of Theatre, Film and
Television. Our conversations have
illuminated crucial new areas, such
as theatrical performance, enriching
the scope of my work.”
Michael, PhD Theatre, Film and Television

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International health challenges:

lessons from the past

My thesis has focused on the relationship

between medical mission and
international health in Ghana between 1919
and 1986. It’s been incredibly rewarding to
work with Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya,
whose unique perspective has expanded the
horizons of my research and academic career.
Joining his team, I’ve benefitted from a range
of contacts, enabling my project to flourish.
His supervision has been thought-provoking
and inspiring.”
Ben, PhD History


Making the case for marine


My project applies isotope analysis to

assess the historic and modern
effects of fishing on North Sea
ecosystems. As an Archaeology student,
working with Professor Callum Roberts
from the Environment Department has
offered an invaluable opportunity to
broaden my field research and focus more
heavily on marine conservation. His
breadth of knowledge and expertise has
assisted my research and inspired me in
pursuit of a conservation-based career.”
Rachelle, PhD Archaeology


Addressing social inequalities to

improve child health
My PhD project addresses research
gaps in our understanding of parents’
beliefs and attitudes towards their child’s
weight. I’ve been supported and inspired by
my supervisors, Professor Kate Pickett
(pictured) from the Department of Health
Sciences and Dr Rosie McEachan, Director
of the Born in Bradford study of the health
and wellbeing of 13,500 children. Working
with the Born in Bradford team, I’ve been
able to engage with extraordinary
researchers from a range of disciplines,
working to improve the health and
wellbeing of families living in Bradford.”
Marena, PhD Health Sciences


Immigration and professional women

Inspired by my own experiences as a
graduate who was unable to find
professional work after emigrating, I examine
the lived experiences of professional Nigerian
women before and after migration to
measure geopolitical impact. Under the
supervision of renowned scholar Professor
Stevi Jackson, I evaluate the impact of these
experiences on human security, family
relationships, health and social care.
Studying at York has exposed me not only to
the world of research but also to diverse
postgraduate enhancement programmes,
equipping me with skills for life.”
Joy, PhD Women’s Studies

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Risky decisions
My research focuses on the weekly
cycle of risk tolerance. Working with
Dr Rob Jenkins, I’ve shown that the day an
election is held could determine its
outcome. He’s been incredibly supportive,
providing both guidance and freedom in
pursuing novel ideas. The University has
facilitated my collaboration with Kyoto
University and secondment to Public Health
England to further my development as an
independent researcher. I could truly not
have wished for a better place to complete
my doctoral training.”
Jet, PhD Psychology


Transforming the treatment

of Parkinson’s
The current clinical assessment
techniques for Parkinson’s disease
result in a high rate of misdiagnosis. My
research focuses on early diagnosis and
monitoring – managing the treatment
relative to the development of the disease
can make a real impact on people’s lives.
Working under supervision of Professor
Stephen Smith, one of the world’s leading
scientists in this area, is not only a
rewarding experience but also an endless
learning ladder, pushing the limits of my
current knowledge and skills.”
Amir, PhD Electronic Engineering

Our world-class research environment
combines internationally renowned research
institutes, centres and facilities to promote
specialist and interdisciplinary research. By
working across disciplines, our researchers
are able to collaborate and inspire each
other to see their work from new angles.

Digital Creativity Labs provides The York Environmental

a centre of excellence in which Sustainability Institute
top researchers explore the delivers world-class research
rich space where games and on environmental sustainability
interactive media converge. through innovative partnerships
digitalcreativity.ac.uk between the social, physical and
life sciences.

The Humanities Research

Centre is the heart of York’s
investment in arts and York Plasma Institute brings
humanities, bringing together high-temperature plasma
our departments and centres studies for fusion energy under
to provide a spectacular the same roof as research into
environment for dynamic and low-temperature plasmas for
imaginative research. technological applications.
york.ac.uk/hrc/centres york.ac.uk/physics/ypi

Our Research Centre for Social York Cross-disciplinary Centre

Sciences provides a hub for for Systems Analysis draws EXPLORE OUR SEVEN
collaborations and postgraduate together expertise from a range RESEARCH THEMES
life, drawing together of departments to develop novel Be inspired to work
researchers from across our mathematical, computational across disciplines,
social science departments and and analytical tools for the discovering novel ways
research centres. modelling of complex systems. to approach research.
york.ac.uk/social-science york.ac.uk/yccsa york.ac.uk/research/themes

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I develop computational tools to study
the evolution of hepatitis B. Working at
YCCSA has introduced me to new ideas and
collaborations. Exploring the interface of
mathematics and biology with high profile
academics like Professor Reidun Twarock has FIND OUT MORE
Research at York
allowed me to move from biology to york.ac.uk/research
bioinformatics, expanding my skill set and Research units at York
opening doors for my career.”
Campus investment
Eva, PhD Biology, York Cross-disciplinary york.ac.uk/campus-investment
Centre for Systems Analysis

We’ll help you develop your professional skills and career profile
through a supportive, stimulating and structured environment.

I analyse voices, speech and audio

recordings as a part of criminal
investigations and forensic cases. The
skills I developed in phonetics and
varieties of spoken English during my
PhD are crucial to my role.”
Dr Jess Wormald (PhD Linguistics, 2016)
Forensic Casework Assistant, JP French Associates

At York I
analytical skills that York truly encouraged me to be
are invaluable to me an independent, self-motivated
as a researcher. My and collaborative musician. Without
studies remain a my PhD, I feel I would not have carried
source of inspiration on as a composer and may not have
for my work made it professionally, at least not to
designing the same level.”
Dr Kerry Andrew (PhD Composition, 2006)
nanostructured Award-winning composer, performer and writer
materials for
Dr Babatunde O Okesola
(PhD Chemistry, 2016)
Postdoctoral Research
Photo copyright © Urszula Soltys

Fellow, Queen Mary

University of London

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A PhD is about driving change, challenging the status
quo and applying novel thinking – utilising the core
skills of creativity, motivation, passion, leadership, self-
efficiency and optimism, while considering vision,
competition, value and user uptake. The same mindset and
approach as an entrepreneur.”
Buzz Palmer (PhD Medicine, 2008)
Chief Executive Officer
The Actuator – Australia’s National Medtech Accelerator


Whether you see your future career Teaching opportunities with established alumni from
in research, industry, or beyond, we’ll From laboratory demonstration across a range of sectors.
offer you the support you need to to leading seminars and marking, york.ac.uk/careers
achieve your ambitions. The skills you’ll many research students at York take
develop as a research student are highly advantage of the opportunity to Learn a language
valued in a wide variety of sectors. add valuable teaching experience to We offer free language and
their portfolio of skills. Teaching can intercultural courses to help you
Training for success improve your confidence and develop prepare for a period of work or study
Our award-winning Research your creativity as you learn to engage abroad. We also offer a number of
Excellence Training Team provide people with your disciplinary expertise. general and bespoke language courses,
a range of courses and workshops, from beginner to advanced level.
covering topics such as governance,
engagement, influence, impact, York Learning and
presentation skills, networking Teaching Award york.ac.uk/lfa
and project management. They’re If you’re offered a teaching
designed to equip you with the skills, position, we’ll provide you with
attributes and knowledge to thrive as the training and support to teach  LOBAL
an independent researcher. in an international research OPPORTUNITIES
york.ac.uk/pgr-skills environment. We also offer the Studying or working abroad is a
York Learning and Teaching life-changing opportunity that can
Professional Development Plan Award programme – a Masters- boost self-confidence, independence
You’ll be encouraged to produce a level programme accredited and ambition.
Professional Development Plan, by Advance HE to confer Depending on your area of
which will help you have constructive research, you may be able to apply
professional recognition as an
conversations with your supervisor and for a study or work placement at
Associate Fellow of the Higher one of our partner universities or
Thesis Advisory Panel about the skills Education Academy. host organisations. Or travel abroad
you want to develop. with other students to one of our
International Study Centres.

Career support york.ac.uk/globalyork
% OF YORK Our Careers and Placements
RESEARCH team provides advice and
STUDENTS support as well as access to
ENTER WORK OR top recruiters through careers
fairs and events on campus. York Alumni Association
Our enterprise team can offer yorkspace.net
guidance and help you find
OF COMPLETING THEIR PhD funding to start a business. With
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education
a rich programme of networking
Survey 2015/16 (HESA), UK/EU graduates events, you can make connections

I really like the atmosphere
here in York and the way
people think. The professors
constantly bring up new ways to
look at a question, but they also
give us plenty of freedom to
come up with our own answers.
They encourage us early on to
start thinking about the kinds of
projects and research we really
care about.”
Shipra, PhD Electronic Engineering

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A research degree gives you the opportunity to complete
a piece of original research with expert guidance from
world-class academics.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Course structure and for part-time students. These aim to
You’ll conduct a large-scale piece of assessment ensure you are making satisfactory
original research, written up in the Most courses start in October or progress with your research project
form of a thesis under the supervision January, but you can often start your and other parts of your PhD or MPhil
of an experienced academic. You’ll research at different times of the year. programme.
develop high-level transferable skills Assessment is based on the
and contribute to the development quality of your thesis and on your
Development opportunities
We offer a range of research skills
of knowledge in your chosen field. A performance at an oral examination
and training programmes, from
PhD usually takes three or four years (known as a viva). A minimum of two
Becoming an Effective Researcher to
full-time. examiners will assess your work and
Preparing for your Viva. You may have
at least one of the examiners will be
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) an expert from another university.
an opportunity to present papers and
An MPhil typically takes two years posters at conferences, or to have your
full-time. It puts less emphasis on How we support you work published in specialist journals.
developing original knowledge, but At York, you’ll receive the support
still promotes skills in research, you need to complete your research
Doctoral training programmes
These offer funding opportunities and
writing, analysis and critical thinking. degree to the highest standards. Your
integrate research with training and
supervisor will provide regular support
Master of Arts (MA) and and guidance through feedback and
interdisciplinary networking, building
Master of Science (MSc) supervision meetings. You’ll have a
valuable experience beyond your
by research Thesis Advisory Panel, which will meet
degree. See page 51.
A research Masters focuses more on to advise you on your research every
producing a dissertation and involves six months for full-time students, or
less coursework than a taught annually for part-time students.
Masters. You’ll work closely with All MPhil and PhD students
a supervisor and receive research have Formal Reviews of Progress
training and support. A Masters which take place annually for full- FIND OUT MORE
degree by research generally lasts one time students and every two years Read about life as a postgraduate
year full-time, although this may vary research student from our student
by department. blogger, Alice: york.ac.uk/pgr-life

You may be eligible to apply for a number of funding
sources to help with fees and living expenses.

Fees ▪▪ UK government loans of up to Funding for international

Tuition fees cover the cost of your £10,280 are available to MPhil or (non-EU) students
study with us. They can vary by MA/MSc by Research students York Graduate Research School
course and whether you’re classed as starting courses from 2018. provides a range of scholarships that
a UK/EU or international student. york.ac.uk/masters-loan recognise excellence by offering a
tuition fee discount. You may also be
Funding for UK/EU students ▪▪ If you’re intending to study a
able to apply for subject- or country-
The following options are available to PhD-level qualification in 2019/20
specific scholarships and funding.
help with tuition fees and living costs. you may be eligible for a £25,000
The British Council has a searchable
▪▪ UK research councils offer the doctoral loan.
scholarship database and you can
main external source of financial york.ac.uk/doctoral-loan contact your local office for advice.
support for UK and EU research Note for EU students: the UK britishcouncil.org
students. government has confirmed that
▪▪ Centres for Doctoral Training and EU students starting in 2019/20
Doctoral Training Partnerships will continue to pay UK fees for the
offer flagship doctoral training duration of their studies, even if
programmes and funding the course concludes after the UK’s
opportunities. An impressive range exit from the EU.​EU students will
of research council funding and also continue to be eligible for UK
studentships are available at York. government-backed Masters and FIND OUT MORE
▪▪ We also offer a number of doctoral loans.
Fees and expenses for research degrees
University scholarships and york.ac.uk/pgr-fees
bursaries for specific areas
Funding for research degrees
of research. york.ac.uk/pgr-funding

  The city centre is an easy

bike ride from campus 
Check funding application deadlines – to be eligible you normally
need to hold an offer of study. Start researching your funding
options a year before applying to a course.


A part-time job or casual work could contribute towards your living
costs, giving you the opportunity to develop skills that are valued
by employers and strengthen your CV. Whatever your situation,
our Careers and Placements team can offer help and advice about
working part-time during your studies.

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  The historic Shambles Market nestles
between modern high street stores and
independent shops in York’s city centre  

A step-by-step guide

Look at entry requirements

Course requirements
Typically you’ll need at least the equivalent of a UK upper second-class
(2:1) honours degree and, in some cases, a Masters degree.
Identify a Language requirements
research If your first language is not English, you’ll need to demonstrate that
area of you meet the level of English language proficiency required by the

department you are applying to.
Read extensively around your
subject and think how you
can best capitalise on your
skills. Visit our departmental
web pages to see if there is
an advertised project which Contact a potential
fits your interests. If you’re
generating your own research
project, seek guidance on its
Look at the staff lists in the departmental entries of this prospectus or
suitability and find out about
search the York Research Database for academics who work in your field.
funding opportunities.
Contact your potential supervisor to discuss the research area you’re
interested in.

Check the application deadline

In most cases applications can be submitted throughout the year. However, we
recommend you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.

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Complete your
Supporting documents can be uploaded during your application and
after submission. You don’t need to complete your application all at
once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

Research proposals
An integral part of the application process is your research proposal. After you
It must outline the topic of your proposed research and the questions
it addresses, as well as giving some indication of how you’ll carry out apply
your research. Our online guidance provides information on what to
We’ll acknowledge your
include, as well as department-specific advice about your proposal.
application by email. You can
york.ac.uk/proposals then track the progress of
your application via You@York.
This also allows you to upload
additional supporting
information and update your
contact details.

Explore your
funding options
In many cases you’ll need to have received an offer before you apply for
funding, so be sure you check the funding application deadlines. They
usually fall between January and March.

If you have been successful with your application, you will receive an offer letter via email. You should read the terms and
conditions set out in this letter carefully before you accept your offer.

My PhD uses cutting-edge
research to understand
how interactive machine
learning techniques in virtual
reality games can affect the
player experience. Thanks to the
broad range of expertise at
IGGI, I am able to tackle all the
challenges that emerge where
player psychology, virtual reality
and artificial intelligence
Carlos, PhD Computer Science, Intelligent
Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI)

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Tackle today’s evolving issues and future challenges via
one of our interdisciplinary doctoral training programmes.
They offer a package of funding, training, development and
networking opportunities.

Doctoral Training Partnerships Faculty of Social Sciences York leads this dynamic collaboration,
(DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral The White Rose Social Sciences working with Goldsmiths, University
Training (CDTs) provide an innovative Doctoral Training Partnership of London; Queen Mary, University of
training environment, with broader (WRDTP) is a collaboration across London; and the University of Essex.
development opportunities such as the social sciences at the Universities iggi.org.uk
research visits or placements. You’ll of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Manchester
receive technical and transferable Metropolitan, Sheffield, Sheffield Science and Technology of Fusion
skills training, build relationships Hallam and York. Energy
with researchers at other universities It was accredited by the Economic We lead this collaboration alongside
and forge lasting links with industrial and Social Research Council (ESRC) world-class institutes, industry
and cultural partners. in 2016 and offers 335 studentships to partners and the Universities of
Continuation of these programmes the value of £22.5m. This major centre Durham, Liverpool, Manchester and
is subject to ongoing funding by of expertise enables PhD students Oxford. The CDT provides access to
Research Councils. to participate in local, national and fusion devices across the world, with
york.ac.uk/pgr-funding international networks of non- research projects spanning plasma
academic partners, opinion formers, physics, materials science and related
Faculty of Arts and policymakers and leading academics. fusion technologies.
Humanities wrdtc.ac.uk fusion‑cdt.ac.uk
The White Rose College of the Arts
and Humanities is a collaboration Faculty of Sciences Other doctoral training
between the Universities of Leeds, We lead a Quantum Communications programmes
Sheffield and York founded in 2013 Hub and two pioneering Centres for In addition to these CDTs, we offer
and has been funded by the Arts and Doctoral Training that have been further training programmes funded
Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded by the Engineering and by the EPSRC, Biotechnology and
and the White Rose University Physical Sciences Research Council Biological Sciences Research Council
Consortium. Led by York, it provides (EPSRC). (BBSRC) and Natural Environment
training, development activities, Research Council (NERC).
public engagement opportunities Intelligent Games and Game
and partnership working outside Intelligence (IGGI)
academia to a community of more IGGI is training the next generation
than 250 doctoral researchers. of researchers, designers, developers
wrocah.ac.uk and entrepreneurs in digital games,
bringing PhD students together with
over 60 external industry partners.

Study flexibly, anywhere in the world, and receive a recognised
and respected qualification from a leading international university.


Taught courses and study without needing to
We offer a range of high quality, take time away from your job. RANGE OF SUBJECTS
research-informed distance learning
Support services Our distance learning and online courses
and online courses, combined with cover a huge range of subject areas
You’ll have access to the same support
personal academic support. Options including:
services, both academic and non-
include Postgraduate Certificates and ▪▪ Astronomy (page 138)
academic, as our on-campus learners.
Diplomas, as well as Masters courses. ▪▪ Church History and Heritage
This includes disability and wellbeing
Studying with us, you’ll be part of a (page 139)
support, and financial advice. See
collaborative learning community and ▪▪ Creative Writing (page 138)
page 13 for more details.
have access to excellent resources. ▪▪ English Building History (page 140)
You’ll leave us with a respected Professional development ▪▪ Geology (page 138)
qualification which will enhance your Our distance learning and online ▪▪ Health Economics (page 105)
career prospects and demonstrate courses offer opportunities for ▪▪ Health Professions Education
expertise in your chosen field. professional development within an (page 152)
international peer group. Through ▪▪ International Humanitarian Affairs
How our courses work
the course curriculum and shared (page 109)
All our courses are designed
professional experiences, you’ll gain ▪▪ International Development (page 190)
specifically for distance and online
insights, ideas, skills and good practice ▪▪ Management and Leadership
learners and are as academically
that you can apply immediately in your (page 144)
rigorous as campus-based equivalents.
current workplace. ▪▪ Mathematical Finance (page 147)
You’ll follow a structured learning
programme with access to York’s ▪▪ Public Administration (page 190)
PhD by distance learning
virtual learning environment (VLE), ▪▪ Public Policy and Management
We also offer PhDs by distance (page 190)
which serves as both an online learning in an increasing number of ▪▪ Railway Studies (page 139)
classroom and a comprehensive subjects. These PhDs involve some
resource centre. As well as receiving trips to York, but you’ll be able to PhD subjects for distance learning include:
expert academic support from your research and study in your specialist ▪▪ Archaeology
course tutors, you’ll interact with, area away from the campus. ▪▪ Computer Science
and learn from, your fellow students. ▪▪ Conservation Studies
Many of our online courses include How to apply ▪▪ Education
some real-time contact. For information on how to apply,
▪▪ History of Art
please see the individual course
Flexible study
pages. The application process for the
With our distance and online
majority of our distance learning and
courses you’ll have the freedom to
online courses follows the same steps
choose when and where to study,
as outlined on pages 30–31 (taught)
allowing you to combine work
and pages 48–49 (research).

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The accessibility of the online material has made fitting
study around other commitments far more manageable.
With the professionalism and expertise of the academic staff,
my experience as a distance learner has been
overwhelmingly positive."
Alison, MA Social and Public Policy


As part of our commitment to sustainability, our
Environment building includes a living green wall,
rainwater harvesting and solar panels to help with
power generation.
Archaeology Masters courses combine arts and science with critical skills in writing, logical
thinking, communication and presentation. Archaeological and heritage organisations based
in York provide opportunities through formal placements or informal work experience. Alumni
now work across the heritage sector, in national agencies, local government and museums.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Archaeology of Buildings FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr MA Stained Glass Conservation

MA Conservation Studies FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr and Heritage Management FT 2yr

MA Conservation Studies MSc Archaeological

(Historic Buildings) FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr Information Systems FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MSc Bioarchaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MA Cultural Heritage Management FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MSc Digital Heritage FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MA/MSc Early Prehistory
and Human Origins FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MA English Building History MSc Zooarchaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr

(by distance learning) PT 3yr MA Archaeological Studies
(by research) FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MA Field Archaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MA Conservation Studies (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MA/MSc Funerary Archaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MPhil Archaeology FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MA Historical Archaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
PhD Archaeology FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA/MSc Material Culture and
PhD Archaeology
Experimental Archaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
(by distance learning) FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Medieval Archaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MPhil Conservation Studies FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MA Mesolithic Studies FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
PhD Conservation Studies FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr PhD Conservation Studies
(by distance learning) FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Postgraduate Administrator IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with no less than 6.5 in Writing
york.ac.uk/archaeology and 6.0 in all other components
+44 (0)1904 323963 For MA Stained Glass Conservation, see page 117
For MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution, see page 151
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Archaeology has a worldwide prehistoric, medieval and historical archaeology, while
reputation as a vibrant centre of excellence in we specialise in areas such as archaeological computing,
both teaching and research. We were ranked bioarchaeology, heritage management, conservation,
fifth in the UK in the QS World University and building and landscape archaeology.
We are based in the unique and historic King’s
Rankings 2018.
Manor in York’s city centre. We also occupy part of
In the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the 2014
the state-of-the-art Environment Building on campus.
Research Excellence Framework results, we were in the
These facilities create a vibrant, stimulating and friendly
top five for research impact. Our core strengths cover
academic community.

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OUR COURSES MA Archaeology of Buildings
All postgraduate activities are co-ordinated through This course trains students in the theory and practice
the Graduate School of Archaeology which offers a of the archaeological investigation and interpretation
wide range of MA/MSc degrees designed to provide of historic buildings and structures in Britain and
training in research, scholarship and professional Western Europe. You will gain the necessary knowledge
enhancement. Research students have their own study and training to produce accurate records of standing
and computing area in the Department’s Graduate buildings, and to make archaeological analyses of them
School. Practical facilities include a dedicated IT based on stratigraphic principles. Practical work and site
suite, a laboratory for archaeological analysis and visits play a major part in teaching.
specialised drawing desks. The teaching system
at York is designed to give you detailed, in-depth MA Conservation Studies
knowledge and training, with a flexibility that
MA Conservation Studies
allows you to participate fully in the exciting and
diverse life of our broader research community.
(Historic Buildings)
Our Masters courses are available full‑time over The MA in Conservation Studies is a recognised leader
one year, or on a modular basis over two or three in international heritage conservation training and is
years. They all involve six months of taught courses the flagship for York’s Centre for Conservation Studies.
(including lectures, seminars and visits) during the With a focus on the built heritage, it equips students
Autumn and Spring Terms, with training in relevant with the theoretical understanding and practical
necessary skills through practical sessions or optional skills for developing a career in a range of heritage
placements. You will take modules specifically related conservation roles.
to your course during the first two terms, in addition to The MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings)
modules selected from a range offered by other courses. offers a specialised route for UK practitioners working
This choice enables you to tailor your studies to meet towards full professional membership of the Institute of
your own academic requirements and interests. You Historic Building Conservation.
will also choose from a variety of short research skills Strengths of both degree courses are the interaction
modules which lay the foundations for your independent with visiting expert practitioners, critical engagement
research. In the second half of your course you will write, with contemporary conservation debates, field visits
under supervision, a dissertation of up to 20,000 words and a work placement to enhance employability.
on an appropriate topic. The taught course elements
are weighted at 55 per cent and are assessed through MA Cultural Heritage Management
written assignments and reports. The dissertation is
This degree provides the practical and intellectual
weighted at 45 per cent and is submitted at the end
foundations for anyone intending to pursue a career
of August.
in the heritage sector. It can also serve as continuing
As an alternative to the usual MA/MSc route, you can
professional development for people wanting to develop
study for a Diploma. After the first six months of taught
their heritage career or to move in a new direction.
courses and assessments, you complete your study in
Particular strengths include contact with the profession
nine months by writing, under supervision, a long essay
through visiting lecturers and voluntary placements with
or project of no more than 5,000 words, submitted at
professional organisations.
the end of the Summer Term. A further alternative is to
study for a Certificate, which consists solely of taught
modules, and can be completed in six months. In this
MA/MSc Early Prehistory
model, you attend the core modules of your course
and Human Origins
in the Autumn and Spring Terms, as well as two skills In this course you will consider the origins of ‘humanity’
modules of your choice per term. from our earliest ancestors to the dawn of agriculture,
drawing on archaeological evidence and cognitive and
Your background
social perspectives to address the question of what
By its very nature, Archaeology draws on the strengths
makes us human. Students are encouraged to make use
of many disciplines and it has common ground in theory
of new and creative approaches and to develop their
and practice with aspects of the humanities, sciences
own perspectives on key issues.
and social sciences. For that reason, we welcome
applications from anyone with at least a 2:1 either in
Archaeology or in a related subject and/or with relevant
practical experience.
MA English Building History MA Mesolithic Studies
(by distance learning) This course offers lectures, seminars, field visits
For details of this course, offered by the Centre and hands-on practicals on all aspects of Mesolithic
for Lifelong Learning, see the entry for the Centre studies. In the context of the European Mesolithic,
on page 137. you will explore key topics such as technology,
consumption practices, death and burial, plants
MA Field Archaeology and animals, and settlement.
This course offers professional training at postgraduate
level. You are taught through a combination of MA Prehistoric Landscape Archaeology
workshops, lectures and seminars, personal study and This degree integrates the recording, interpretation,
practical exercises. Opportunities for practical training appreciation and conservation of archaeological
are available through a voluntary placement with a local landscapes in all their diversity, and helps students
archaeological organisation and project work. hone a range of practical skills relevant to the discipline.
Training in both theory and method is set against a
MA/MSc Funerary Archaeology background of research in prehistory and archaeological
This course focuses on the different approaches to, and science from a range of areas.
challenges of, studying death and burial in the past,
from prehistory onwards. Through lectures, seminars MA Stained Glass Conservation
and field visits, you will explore key topics, from
and Heritage Management
investigating funerary rites and interpreting the burial See the entry for the Department of
context, to analysing the human skeleton. To reflect the History of Art on page 117.
interdisciplinary nature of the course, both an MA and
MSc are offered. MSc Archaeological Information Systems
This degree provides a broad foundation in
MA Historical Archaeology archaeological information systems through lectures,
This course is designed for archaeologists, historians, tutorials, practicals and a placement in archaeological
anthropologists and others who wish to study the computing with a local institution or project. It will help
post-medieval world through its material culture and
landscapes. It adopts a global agenda, examining wide-
ranging themes such as modernity, industrialisation,
capitalism and colonialism. I was first drawn to heritage
studies through my MA in Cultural
MA/MSc Material Culture and
Experimental Archaeology Heritage Management here at York.
This course explores ethnoarchaeological and My PhD offers an exciting opportunity
experimental archaeological approaches to objects,
alongside functional analyses of a broad range of to further feed theory into practice
artefact types. Interweaving practical and theoretical within the heritage sector. Through
approaches to material culture, the course will enable
you to develop invaluable skills, from designing and my City of York Council placement
executing your own experimental archaeology project to
analysing microscopic wear and residue traces. As part
and community work I’ve enjoyed
of your assessment, you will make a short documentary establishing a mix of professional and
film for the heritage sector.
non-professional contacts. I also value
MA Medieval Archaeology the constructive conversations within
This course focuses on the study of artefacts, landscapes
and buildings within the social and cultural context of
the Department through chats,
medieval Britain and Western Europe. Through lectures, forums and social media.”
seminars and field visits, you will explore a wide range
of methodological and theoretical approaches to Katrina, PhD Archaeology
medieval material culture.

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you develop vocational skills in electronic publishing, of Conservation taught modules) to ensure they are
digital archiving and visualisation, and modelling. supported academically in their chosen field of research.
Candidates are assessed on submission of a dissertation
MSc Bioarchaeology of up to 30,000 words.
This degree is designed for those who are interested
in exploring the range of biological evidence that MPhil/PhD research degrees
can be used to understand the past. You will get the We offer four research degrees: MA by research, MPhil,
opportunity to work closely with leading scholars, PhD and PhD by distance learning.
and participate in a range of laboratory and practical Our academic staff have a wide range of research
analyses based on current groundbreaking research. interests, as indicated in our staff list. If you are interested
in studying for a research degree, please contact the
MSc Digital Heritage relevant staff member(s) to discuss your ideas.
This degree aims to train people who wish to We have dedicated study facilities for research
work in digital archiving, museums and education/ students which bring together postgraduate researchers
display and curation. It draws on existing strengths in a friendly and communal way. The research community
in Archaeological Information Systems and Cultural offers plenty of opportunities to get involved, from
Heritage Management, while also exploring the numerous special interest research groups to seminar
series and conferences.
relevance of new and mobile technologies in creating
A PhD by Distance Learning is offered in Archaeology
and consuming heritage information. You will have
or in Conservation Studies for students who require more
the opportunity for a voluntary work placement, and
flexible residence arrangements, studying away from York,
also benefit from the presence of the Archaeology
subject to agreeing feasibility and a plan of study.
Data Service, which has been the UK digital archive
For more information about research degrees at York,
for heritage data since 1997.
see page 32.
MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution
For details of this degree, offered by the
The Department has a number of bursaries available
Hull York Medical School, see the entry for the
to support home and overseas Masters students, and
Medical School on page 151.
several Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
and White Rose College of Arts and Humanities
MSc Zooarchaeology
(WRoCAH) grants for UK/EU Masters and PhD students.
This degree focuses on the theory and methods used Find out more at york.ac.uk/archaeology/pg-funding.
to analyse vertebrate animal remains in the context
of archaeology, and provides training in relevant
skills. The course explores the ways we can use animal
remains to model past human ecology, to assess the
role of animals in human lives, and to answer wider
palaeoenvironmental questions on global and local scales.

MA Archaeological Studies (by research)

This research-driven MA can be taken in any subject The Weald & Downland Living Museum in West
Sussex is well known for its collection of historic,
area, and is full-time for one year or on a modular or
carefully restored buildings, ranging from medieval
part-time basis over two or three years. Candidates are
to Victorian. A stimulating and varied programme
required to follow a ‘tailor-made’ tutorial programme to
of courses is taught by the best researchers and
ensure that they are properly equipped to pursue their
craftspeople in their fields, including two MSc
research topic. Candidates are assessed on submission
degree courses validated by the University of York:
of a thesis of up to 30,000 words.
▪▪ MSc Building Conservation
MA Conservation Studies (by research) ▪▪ MSc Timber Building Conservation.
This research-based MA in heritage conservation theory For more information contact
and practice is available full-time for one year or part- lucyhockley@wealddown.co.uk,
time over two or three years. Candidates are required +44 (0)1243 811028 and wealddown.co.uk.
to follow a tutorial programme (including elements

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Aleks McClain, PhD (York) – Medieval and buildings archaeology;
historic landscapes
Professor and Head of Department Sara Perry, PhD (Southampton) – Cultural and digital heritage;
John Schofield, PhD (Southampton), FSA, MCIfA – museums; archaeological representation; media studies
Cultural heritage management; archaeology of the
Steve Roskams, BA (Cambridge) – Roman and early medieval
contemporary past; conflict archaeology
archaeology; field research methods; Marxist analysis
Professors Penny Spikins, PhD (Cambridge) – Early prehistory;
Matthew Collins, PhD (Glasgow), FBA – Biochemical analysis cognitive and social evolution; hunter-gatherers
of bones, teeth and shells Stephanie Wynne-Jones, PhD (Cambridge) – Islamic and
Oliver Craig, PhD (Newcastle) – Biomolecular archaeology; medieval archaeology; archaeology of Africa and the
stable isotope studies; ceramic residue analysis and diet Indian Ocean region
Dawn Hadley, PhD (Birmingham), FSA – Medieval archaeology; Lecturers
Anglo-Saxon and Viking studies; gender and childhood; funerary Penny Bickle, PhD (Cardiff) – Prehistory; archaeology of death
practices and burial; landscape and identity
Nicky Milner, PhD (Cambridge), FSA – Mesolithic and Andre Colonese, PhD (Siena) – Biomolecular archaeology;
transition to agriculture in Europe coastal and environmental archaeology; New World and
Paul O’Higgins, PhD (Leeds), DSc, FLS, FHEA – Musculoskeletal Mediterranean archaeology
form, function and evolution; virtual anthropology; Louise Cooke, PhD (London) – Conservation and heritage
morphometrics; evolution studies; earth buildings; world archaeology; cultural landscapes
Julian D Richards, PhD (CNAA), FSA, MCIfA; Director, Malin Holst, MSc (Bradford), MCIfA – Excavation and analysis
Archaeology Data Service; Director, Centre for Digital Heritage; of human remains; palaeopathology
Director, White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities –
Anglo-Saxon and Viking archaeology; mortuary behaviour Aimée Little, PhD (Dublin) – Material culture studies;
and settlement evolution; computer applications lithic technology; microwear and residue analyses;
experimental archaeology; early prehistory
Professors Emeritus Colleen Morgan, PhD (Berkeley) – Digital archaeology;
Geoff Bailey, PhD (Cambridge), FSA, MCIfA – World prehistory; mixed reality and avatars; critical making and play
Palaeolithic period; shell middens; coastal archaeology; caves David Orton, PhD (Cambridge) – Zooarchaeology;
Martin Carver, BSc (UCL), FSA, MCIfA – Early medieval Neolithic Balkans and Anatolia; medieval fisheries and trade
archaeology; urban archaeology; field methods Daryl Stump, PhD (UCL) – Archaeological stratigraphy;
Mark Edmonds, PhD (Reading), FSA, FSA Scot – Later prehistory; development and sustainability of agricultural systems;
landscape and material culture; archaeology and the precolonial eastern Africa
visual/‌performing arts Nathan Wales, PhD (Connecticut) – Ancient DNA; plant
Terry O’Connor, PhD (London), FSA, FZS – Environmental domestication; palaeodiet
archaeology; zooarchaeology; upland landscape archaeology
Associate Lecturers
Reader Tom Fitton, PhD (York) – East Africa; maritime landscapes;
Jonathan Finch, PhD (UEA), FSA – Historic landscapes; Islam; geophysics
Caribbean archaeology; commemoration and memory Don Henson, PhD (York), FSA, MCIfA, FHEA – Public archaeology;
Kevin Walsh, PhD (Leicester) – Early medieval landscapes; heritage education; prehistory; lithics; audio-visual media
Mediterranean prehistory; archaeological methods Matthew Jenkins, PhD (York) – Buildings archaeology;
historical archaeology; archaeology of urban landscapes
Senior Lecturers
Andy Needham, PhD (York) – Early prehistory; Palaeolithic art;
Michelle Alexander, PhD (Durham) – Biomolecular
hunting and gathering societies; personhood
techniques (ancient DNA and isotopes); zooarchaeology;
medieval archaeology Dav Smith, PhD (York) – Buildings archaeology; buildings survey;
Steve Ashby, PhD (York), FSA – Medieval archaeology; Vikings;
material culture studies James Taylor, PhD (York) – Theory and methods;
digital methods; Egypt and Near East
Gill Chitty, PhD (Lancaster), FSA, MCIfA, IHBC – Conservation
philosophy and practice; John Ruskin; political economy Other staff
of heritage Helen Goodchild, PhD (Birmingham); Project and Fieldwork
Sam Cobb, PhD (UCL) – Craniofacial development, function Officer – Landscape archaeology; geophysical survey; CAD/GIS;
and evolution archaeological computing
Phil Cox, PhD (Cambridge) – Functional morphology; The Department has many other honorary fellows and associates
biomechanics; evolutionary biology who are practitioners in archaeology and conservation and who
Laura Fitton, PhD (Liverpool) – Human evolutionary anatomy; provide additional expertise, support and links to the profession.
virtual anthropology; functional morphology See our full staff list at york.ac.uk/archaeology/staff.
Kate Giles, DPhil (York), FSA; Acting Director, Humanities
Research Centre – Civic and ecclesiastical buildings in England

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Our students produce internationally recognised research, across the whole spectrum of modern
biology, in top-rated research groups with excellent facilities. A professional development
programme led by a dedicated Postgraduate Training Officer and careers guidance delivered by
an experienced Student Employability Team contribute to our high employability success rate.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystems FT 1yr

MSc Industrial Biotechnology FT 1yr
MSc Molecular Medicine FT 1yr
MSc Biology (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MPhil Biology FT 2yr, PT 4yr
PhD Biology FT 3yr, PT 6yr
PhD Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment FT 4yr, PT 8yr
PhD Mechanistic Biology FT 4yr, PT 8yr


Student and Academic Services IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with no less than 6.0
york.ac.uk/biology/postgraduate in each component
Taught degrees: For further details, see pages 30 and 48
+44 (0)1904 328548
Research degrees:
+44 (0)1904 328546

The Department of Biology is one of the We occupy purpose‑built teaching and research
UK’s most highly ranked biological sciences laboratories. The Department includes the innovative
departments for research and teaching. Technology Facility, housing £9m of equipment and
With 70 academic staff, we cover the spectrum providing services in imaging, proteomics, protein
interaction, bioinformatics and DNA/RNA analysis. Each
of contemporary biological sciences from
laboratory in the Technology Facility is headed by a
molecular aspects of cancer to field ecology.
specialist who provides training in the use of this state-
We have an integrated approach to Biology with
of‑the‑art technology.
no barriers between disciplines. Our cross‑disciplinary
Around 50 students complete a Masters degree in the
activity has increased in recent years and aims for
Department each year. We currently have around 130
a systems‑level understanding of biological research.
PhD students and approximately 40 students start their
We are committed to excellence with impact in our
PhD each year. Students receive extensive graduate
research, and to ensuring that our research informs
training in research and professional skills.
teaching and inspires students. In the Times Higher
The Department has an Athena SWAN Gold award for
Education’s ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence
its commitment to women in science, and values equally
Framework results, the Department was joint eighth
the talents and contributions of all students and staff.
for overall performance and first for research impact.
Our research has had major influence on environmental
policy, industry and health.

OUR COURSES MSc Molecular Medicine
The department offers three taught Masters courses Molecular medicine is a broad discipline that relates
and a range of research degrees. Each one incorporates to the study of the molecular mechanisms of disease
a Research and Professional Skills component that will and their application in developing therapies for the
enable you to develop a strong portfolio that is essential clinic. It is an exciting time to be a biomedical scientist,
both to complete the programme successfully and to with the forefront of healthcare research currently
enhance future career prospects. focused on personalised medicine, stem cells and the
prospect of gene editing. This taught Masters course
MSc Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystems aims to provide students with an in-depth grounding in
Understanding the links between biodiversity and contemporary molecular medicine. The Department of
ecosystem function is key to how we will respond to the Biology has considerable research expertise spanning
global challenges of climate change, conservation and several areas relevant to molecular medicine, including
food security in the future. This course delivers research- cancer, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience and
led teaching across a range of topics such as biodiversity parasitology. This course offers the opportunity to
assessment, the consequences for biodiversity of land learn how basic biomedical research is conducted and
management, and modern techniques for understanding translated by scientists in one of the UK’s top-ranked
biodiversity and ecosystems, including ‘big-data’ biological sciences departments.
approaches and analytical techniques. This Masters We will equip students with the key skills of the
degree provides a unique opportunity to explore the modern researcher, including critical thinking, data
theory underpinning ecology, the cutting-edge methods interpretation, statistics, programming, and the written,
to analyse processes, and how this knowledge can oral and graphical presentation of scientific data and
be used in existing ecosystem contexts. Students will ideas; these skills will enable students to pursue a PhD
have integrated training in biodiversity and ecosystem in biomedical research or another specialist career
function research, and will develop the skills to path within the healthcare/pharmaceutical sectors.
pursue research-led work relevant to biodiversity and
ecosystems, at PhD level or in relevant industries. 

Taught modules currently include:
▪▪ Biodiversity, Ecology and Ecosystems
▪▪ Data Analysis and Programming in the Biosciences
▪▪ o
 ption modules on topics such as conservation
ecology, the anthropocene, environmental
The most valuable aspects of my
microbiology, plant-soil Interactions programme are the emphasis
on interdisciplinary approaches and
MSc Industrial Biotechnology
This taught Masters prepares students for research the support to broaden my skill set.
and industry-based careers in biotechnology research My PhD involves working with several
and development. You will gain research experience
and interdisciplinary training in biomolecular and departments on a variety of projects.
biochemical techniques. Staff in the Centre for Novel The group lab project in the first term
Agriculture Products (CNAP) and Centre for Immunology
and Infection (CII) contribute teaching and research allowed me to develop new lab skills,
opportunities. Students will have integrated training in
modern recombinant DNA, fermentation and bioreactor
and in my lab rotation I constructed
technology, and will develop the skills to support a a computational model for the first
research or industry-based career across any area
of modern biotechnology. time. I can now pursue any research
Taught modules currently include: project that interests me, knowing
▪▪ Industrial Biotechnology
▪▪ Data Analysis and Programming in the Biosciences
the resources are there to help me.”
▪▪ o
 ption modules covering topics such as biocatalysis, Frances, PhD Biology
cell and tissue engineering, bioremediation

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Taught modules currently include: Your background
▪▪ Molecular Basis of Disease These programmes are suitable for students who have
▪▪ Data Analysis and Programming in the Biosciences a good honours degree (First or 2:1 or equivalent)
in any biological science subject, although there are
 ption modules covering areas such as cancer,
▪▪ o
also opportunities for students with backgrounds in
neuroscience, cell and tissue engineering,
other disciplines that may be appropriate to each
and microbiology
individual programme.
Research and transferable skills
All MSc students will undertake an independent study DOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES
module as a placement within the University. You will In addition to individual PhD and MSc by research
apply your new skills and knowledge to carry out a projects, we have two large Doctoral Training
project with a research group. Programmes (DTPs), funded by the Natural Environment
Research and transferable skills are delivered Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and
throughout the course and will cover the role of science Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), which
in industry and commerce, and intellectual property recruit a number of research students each year.
issues and ethics. You will be given the opportunity to
present your work in posters, oral presentations and in PhD Adapting to the Challenges
written papers. of a Changing Environment (ACCE) –
a NERC Doctoral Training Partnership
Your background
This prestigious NERC-funded doctoral training
These taught Masters courses are suitable for
partnership brings together the very best in
students who have a good honours degree (First or
environmental, ecological and evolutionary research
2:1 or equivalent) in any biological science subject,
across the Universities of York, Sheffield and Liverpool,
although there are also opportunities for students together with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
with backgrounds in other disciplines that may be and the Natural History Museum, London. You will
appropriate to each individual degree. benefit from a PhD training programme that has
interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The ACCE
MSc/MPhil/PhD research degrees programme produces multi-skilled researchers
The MSc, MPhil and PhD research degrees are higher equipped to tackle cutting-edge environmental science
degrees awarded for a thesis presenting original of global significance, embedded within a unique,
research that is a significant contribution to scientific supportive training environment. At York, the NERC-
knowledge. In the UK, a thesis is judged by two ACCE partnership brings together researchers from the
examiners for MPhil/PhD interviewing the student by Departments of Biology, Environment, Archaeology and
viva. The interview is based upon the submitted thesis Chemistry. All projects are co-supervised, most of them
document. The MSc is expected to be completed in one with supervisors in different ACCE institutions, in order
year, the MPhil in two years and the PhD in three years. to foster innovative science, collegiality and breadth
As a research student at York you can expect: of experience.
▪▪ a supervisor directing your research and training This four-year fully funded PhD programme in ACCE
offers projects aligned with the grand challenges in
▪▪ r egular mandated meetings and supervision with
environmental research: securing ecosystem services
your supervisor
and environmental resources; predicting and mitigating
▪▪ a
 training advisory panel of two other members impacts of climate change; and understanding
of staff to monitor progress and offer advice the dynamics of biodiversity and mechanisms of
▪▪ a
 progress meeting with your supervisor eight evolutionary change.
times a year Around six studentships are available each year and
▪▪ t raining advisory panel meetings in the initial three cover a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research
months, then every six months; you prepare a report Council rate (£14,777 for 2018/19), research costs, and
tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The studentships are
for these meetings
only available to UK and EU students who meet the UK
▪▪ w
 eekly seminars given by leading scientists from residency requirements.
around the world Students with, or expecting to gain, at least a 2:1
▪▪ t he regular opportunity to present your work honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.
through posters and departmental talks. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means

that we welcome applications from students with eligibility for BBSRC studentships can be found at
backgrounds in any relevant subject that provides the bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf.
necessary skills, knowledge and experience for the Your background
DTP, including environmental, biological, chemical,
Students with, or expecting to gain, at least a 2:1
mathematical, physical and social sciences.
honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.
The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means
PhD Mechanistic Biology – a BBSRC
that we welcome applications from students with
White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership
backgrounds in any biological, chemical, or physical
This prestigious BBSRC fully funded Doctoral Training science, or students with mathematical backgrounds
Partnership brings together the very best molecular, who are interested in using their skills to address
chemical and cellular bioscience research across the biological questions.
White Rose Consortium of Universities (Leeds, Sheffield
and York) which maps onto the research themes of the ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMES
BBSRC. You will benefit from a regional programme that
Information on self-funded MSc by Research, MPhil
has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is
and PhD can be found on our website at york.ac.uk/
to enable students to develop a range of research skills
in biological and biochemical areas as well as equip
them with core mathematical, data analysis and generic
professional skills that are necessary for bioscience
research in the coming decades. At York, the White
Rose Partnership brings together researchers from the
Departments of Biology and Chemistry.
This four-year fully funded PhD programme in
Mechanistic Biology offers projects aligned with the
BBSRC strategic priorities in food security, bioenergy
and industrial technology and world-class bioscience.
Eight studentships are available, covering a tax-free
annual stipend at the standard Research Council
rate (£14,777 for 2018/19), research costs, and tuition
fees at the UK/EU rate. The studentships are only
available to UK and EU students who meet the UK
residency requirements. Further information about

The following staff are happy to supervise PhD students. Paul Genever, PhD (Leeds) – Stem cell biology
See our web pages for a full, up-to-date list.
Ian A Graham, PhD (Edinburgh), FRS – Arabidopsis
sugar‑regulated control of storage oil breakdown
Professor and Head of Department
Jennifer Potts, PhD (Sydney) – Bacterial fibronectin-binding Sue Hartley, PhD (York) – Plant and herbivore interaction
proteins Jane Hill, PhD (Bangor) – Impacts of climate change
on biodiversity
Professors Ian Hitchcock, PhD (York) – Haematopoiesis and
Ian Bancroft, PhD (Lancaster) – Plant genome evolution haematological malignancies
and marker-trait association
Paul Kaye, PhD (London) – Effector and regulatory function
Neil Bruce, PhD (Kent) – Microbial degradation of cocaine of NK cells in experimental leishmaniasis
Nia Bryant, PhD (Edinburgh) – Intracellular membrane traffic Charles Lacey, MD (London) – Genitourinary medicine
Dawn Coverley, PhD (London) – Analysis of Ciz1 function Mark Leake, PhD (London) – Single-molecule cellular biophysics
Seth Davis, PhD (Wisconsin) – Plant circadian clocks Frans Maathuis, PhD (Groningen) – Plant nutrition and stress
Katherine Denby, DPhil (Oxford) – Plant disease resistance Simon McQueen-Mason, PhD (Penn State) – Novel lignocellulose
and crop improvement degrading enzymes from the marine environment
Calvin Dytham, PhD (Leeds) – Interaction modelling James Moir, PhD (Oxford) – Respiration in bacterial pathogen
on environmental gradients Neisseria meningitides

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Jeremy Mottram, PhD (Glasgow) – Molecular and cell biology Peter Mayhew, PhD (London) – Evolutionary explanations
of Leishmania for insect diversity
Deborah Smith OBE, PhD (Southampton) – Michael Plevin, PhD (UCL) – Structural biology of transient
Functional genomics of Leishmania species biomolecular interactions
Jenny Southgate, PhD (Leeds) – Calcium signalling Paul Pryor, PhD (Bath) – Phagolysosome biogenesis
and sensory function in bladder urothelium Elva Robinson, PhD (Sheffield) – Social insect behaviour
Chris Thomas, PhD (Austin, Texas), FRS – Changes to plant Nathalie Signoret, PhD (Aix-Marseille II) – Chemokine receptors
biodiversity in Britain and activation of monocytes
Gavin Thomas, PhD (Birmingham) – Bacterial solute Dani Ungar, PhD (Frankfurt) – Regulation of intra-Golgi
transporters and systems biology vesicle transport
Reidun Twarock, PhD (TU Clausthal) – Models for virus capsid
maturation based on symmetry constraints Lecturers
Robert White, PhD (NIMR) – Transcription by RNA polymerase III Christoph Baumann, PhD (Minnesota) – Single molecule
biophysics of DNA-dependent molecular machines
Miles Whittington, PhD (Bristol) – Physiology and
pathophysiology of brain dynamics Will Brackenbury, PhD (Imperial College London) –
Voltage‑gated sodium channels and cell migration
Readers Sangeeta Chawla, PhD (Cambridge) – Regulation
Daniella Barilla, PhD (Pavia) – Genome segregation in bacteria of transcription factors during synaptic plasticity
and archaea Han-Jou Chen, PhD (London) – Molecular pathogenesis
Dan Franks, PhD (Leeds) – Modelling the co-evolution of mechanisms underlying motor neurone degenerative disease
pathogens and aggregation in animal groups Chris Elliott, PhD (Oxford) – Parkinson’s disease modelled
Angela Hodge, PhD (Aberdeen) – Physiology and function of in Drosophila
plants and their symbiotic partners Ville-Petri Friman, PhD (Helsinki) – Experimental
Harv Isaacs, PhD (Open) – Functional characterisation of microbial evolution
targets of the FGF signalling pathway Darren Goffin, PhD (UCL) – Epigenetic control of brain function
Jon Pitchford, PhD (Leeds) – Mathematical ecology; in health and disease
stochastic processes; dynamical systems; uncertainty Andrea Harper, PhD (Birmingham) – Statistical genetics
Betsy Pownall, PhD (Virginia) – Vertebrate developmental approaches for understanding trait variations in plants
biology Michelle Hawkins, PhD (Nottingham) – Microbial DNA
Sean Sweeney, PhD (Cambridge) – Defining the pathological replication
signalling cascade in lysosomal storage disease James Hewitson, PhD (York) – Immunity to helminth parasites
Marjan van der Woude, PhD (FU Amsterdam) – Daniel Jeffares, PhD (Massey) – Microbial diversity; evolution
Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and quantitative genetics
Jamie Wood, PhD (Imperial College London) – Evolutionary Benjamin Lichman, PhD (UCL) – Evolution, biosynthesis and
modelling of bird flocking and predator–prey interactions synthetic biology of plant natural products

Senior Lecturers Luke Mackinder, PhD (Kiel) – Systems and synthetic biology
of algal carbon fixation
Colin Beale, PhD (Glasgow) – Biology of species range shifts
in birds Kelly Redeker, PhD (UC Irvine) – Soil–plant–environment
interactions; land management
Gonzalo Blanco, PhD (Seville) – Neuromuscular disease
and muscle hypertrophy Thierry Tonon, PhD (Bordeaux II) – Deciphering the pathways of
primary and secondary metabolism in marine microalgae
James Chong, PhD (Imperial Cancer Research Fund) –
Understanding proliferation in methanogens Pegine Walrad, PhD (Stony Brook) – Developmental regulators
of infectious Leishmania
Kanchon Dasmahapatra, PhD (Cambridge) –
Speciation ecology in tropical butterflies
Research Fellows
Gareth Evans, PhD (Dundee) – Src tyrosine kinases; Paul Fogg, PhD (Liverpool) – Gene transfer agents (GTAs)
cAMP signalling in cerebellar plasticity and their rule in bacterial evolution and pathogenesis
Julia Ferrari, PhD (London) – Plant herbivore interactions; Chris MacDonald, PhD (Glasgow) – Mechanisms of cell surface
evolution of speciation recycling pathways
Allison Green, PhD (St Andrews) – How the immune system
regulates autoaggressive cells
Thorunn Helgason, PhD (Edinburgh) – Diversity and host
specificity of Arbuscular mycorrhizas
Marika Kullberg, PhD (Stockholm) – Intestinal T regulatory
(Treg) cells
Dimitris Lagos, PhD (Sheffield) – RNA binding and expression

Outstanding facilities and world-leading academic staff make our Department the ideal place
to carry out postgraduate study. Excellence in research and teaching, plus industry-supported
projects, mean that our alumni have gone on to have successful careers in academia, industry,
government, NGOs and teaching.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc/PGDip/PGCert Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology FT 1yr

MSc Chemistry (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MPhil FT 2yr, PT 4yr
PhD FT 3yr, PT 6yr
PhD Biological Chemistry FT 4yr, PT 8yr


Chemistry Graduate Office IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in
york.ac.uk/chemistry/postgraduate other components, or equivalent, for taught degrees
+44 (0)1904 324544 IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component,
chemgrad@york.ac.uk or equivalent, for research degrees
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

Internationally recognised for both its teaching facilities for 100 researchers and we have outstanding
and research, York’s Department of Chemistry teaching facilities. The Centre of Excellence in Mass
has a large and active research school. Excellent Spectrometry and the Centre for Magnetic Resonance
facilities and consistently high standards of provide advanced support for multidisciplinary research,
as does the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic
teaching and research offer a diverse range of
Resonance Imaging. Other developments include the
opportunities to equip you with the skills you Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, the Wolfson
will need for your future career. Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory and a cryo-electron
The Graduate School has around 50 research-active microscopy facility.
staff and over 150 graduate students from around The Department encourages an interdisciplinary
the world studying for PhDs, MSc (by research) and and collegiate approach to research, with collaborative
taught Masters. projects offered across the discipline. Chemistry academic
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework staff work closely with those from other departments,
assessment, 94 per cent of the Department’s research and, as a Chemistry PhD student, you may have the
activity was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally opportunity to carry out cross-departmental research.
excellent’. The Department also has strong links with industry and
The research carried out in the Department covers a many students have the opportunity to work closely
broad spectrum across all the major fields of chemistry. with chemical companies during their studies.
Particular expertise is available in inorganic, organic, Embedded in the Department is an agenda
physical, analytical, environmental and green chemistry, promoting equality and diversity; we were the first to be
energy research, atmospheric chemistry, materials, awarded an Athena SWAN Gold award for commitment
and structural biology. The quality of our research and to women in science. We value equally the talents and
teaching has been recognised by numerous awards. contribution of all students and staff. The Chemical
In recent years, the University initiated a £35m InterActions society promotes international integration
redevelopment of the Department of Chemistry. The and diversity via activities open to all students and staff.
second stage of the Dorothy Hodgkin Building provides

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OUR COURSES  pplication of Green Chemistry, including Clean
▪▪ A
Synthesis, Chemical Engineering and Clean
Our research degree programmes include three- and
Technology, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Resources
four-year PhDs, two-year MPhil and one-year MSc (by
research) qualifications. It can be possible to study part-  ommercialisation, including Intellectual Property,
▪▪ C
time. All research students are part of our innovative Business Plan Development, Greener Products
Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC) which provides ▪▪ T
 ransferable skills, including literature seminars,
cohort-based training to enhance both your scientific IT skills, public awareness and outreach
and transferable skills as well as your employability.
A substantial research project component allows you
We are also part of three Doctoral Training
to work on real-life challenges faced by industry when
Partnerships (DTPs): BBSRC White Rose DTP and
developing environmentally friendly products and
NERC ACCE (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing
processes. A wide range of project areas is available
Environment) – for details, see pages 63–64; and NERC
to choose from; research is carried out in conjunction
SPHERES (Site for PhD training in Environmental
with larger research projects taking place in the Green
Research), in partnership with the University of
Chemistry Centre.
Leeds – for details see nercdtp.leeds.ac.uk. In addition,
You should normally have, or expect to obtain,
we are involved in a number of Innovative Training
at least a 2:2 honours degree or overseas equivalent
Networks (ITNs).
in Chemistry or a related discipline.
Our one-year full-time taught Masters degree
in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Available funding
Technology includes four taught modules and MSc Scholarships contribute towards tuition fees for
a substantial research project. students who pay fees at the ‘home’ rate. The Bridge
Scholarship offers £5,000 towards living expenses and
MSc/PGDip/PGCert Green Chemistry is open to home and international applicants. All awards
and Sustainable Industrial Technology will be made on the basis of academic merit. See our
Green Chemistry is an innovative field which focuses on website for information on how to apply, or email
developing sustainable chemical products and processes chemgrad@york.ac.uk.
with the aim of minimising the generation and use of
hazardous substances. Its application is transforming the
MSc Chemistry (by research)
world of chemical manufacturing and allied industries, Our MSc (by research) takes one year full-time or two
bringing about significant environmental and economic years part‑time, with a further three months to write
benefits. You will develop a deep knowledge of this field your thesis.
and skills in communication, team working, creativity You should indicate on your application form
and independence. This expertise will allow you to solve your preferred area of research and provide the
complex problems in implementing clean technologies names of the members of research staff with
that both industry and society need. whom you might like to work. A suitable project
This is the first course of its kind to be accredited will be agreed before an offer is made.
by the Royal Society of Chemistry. It is taught by MSc by research students follow the first year of
leading academics in the Department of Chemistry our iDTC programme (see below), so you will receive
and by external experts from other institutions and comprehensive training to help you maintain a broad
industry, using a variety of teaching delivery including view of chemistry and develop skills that will be relevant
lectures, workshops and practical lab work. Assessment to future study or employment.
methods include an examination, written assignments, You should normally have, or expect to receive,
presentations, posters and practical work as well as at least a 2:2 honours degree in Chemistry (or a
a large research project. The course prepares you Chemistry‑related subject) or its overseas equivalent.
for a range of careers including research, process
development, environmental services, manufacturing, PhD/MPhil research degrees
law, consultancy and government. The PhD and MPhil qualifications are awarded on
The course has four taught modules: successful examination of a thesis based on a research
▪▪ Principles of Green Chemistry, including project and a viva voce (oral) examination.
Environmental Impact, Catalysis, Alternative Your personal supervisor is responsible for overseeing
Reaction Media your progress on the research project. In addition,
an independent panel member (IPM) is appointed to

maintain an overview of your research work. You, your members of academic staff with whom you might
supervisor and IPM will meet formally at least twice a like to work.
year to review progress and make a realistic appraisal Analytical Chemistry Research Group
for the timetable of work to be undertaken. You will be
This group focuses on the development of analytical
required to satisfactorily complete annual progression
methods, principally centred on separations science
points. For further details of research degrees at York,
and mass spectrometry, and their application in
see page 32.
biomolecular and environmental research. Large,
Graduate training interdisciplinary collaborations are central to the
Our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC) research in this section.
programme supports development of essential scientific Biological Chemistry Research Group
and transferable skills for your future career. You will
Working in the York Structural Biology Laboratory
follow the iDTC programme for the duration of your
(YSBL), this group focuses on the fundamental bases
research, unless you are part of another scheme or
for biological and biochemical processes, the use of
DTP. Department-specific training is complemented by
small molecules to probe cellular biology, software and
central University graduate training opportunities.
methods development, and the exploitation of enzymes
Core training includes literature searching; time
in biocatalysis.
management and motivation; report, paper and thesis
writing; networking; preparing scientific posters and Green Chemistry Research Group
presentations; employability and professionalism; and This group aims to promote the development and
teaching assistance. Students for whom English is a implementation of green and sustainable chemistry
second language can take our chemistry-specific English into new products and processes. It develops strategic
language course designed to help improve speaking and research partnerships with global corporations and
presenting skills. The Department provides financial world-leading universities.
support to enable students to attend conferences and
you will have opportunities to attend and present your
research at seminars, meetings and conferences in the
UK and abroad.
Research-specific training supports your use of I love understanding the impact
equipment, understanding the science underpinning
your research, and problem-solving skills. ‘Hot and wider applicability of
topics’ cover cutting-edge chemistry in a number of chemistry research. I’ve had the chance
important areas and broaden knowledge of the latest
scientific developments. to experience many facets of the
Many research students have strong links with
industry and commerce and some industrial collaborators
subject and to integrate approaches
offer financial support to PhD students. In addition, they from different disciplines into my
may provide opportunities to work within the company
and gain experience of an industrial setting. research, from enzymology to policy.
The Department has a distinctive interdisciplinary I’ve met people from a range of
structure, built on strong sub-disciplines of chemistry,
led by world-renowned chemists and underpinning disciplines, and the Department has
our nine research themes. The following groups helped me to make the most of this
meet together on a regular basis to discuss research
developments of common interest, providing an network and get my initiative of a
excellent environment for the training of research
students. The Department runs a programme of
cross-departmental sustainability
research seminars throughout the year, featuring a group off the ground. It has given
range of academic speakers from around the world
and across disciplines: see york.ac.uk/chemistry/research me increased confidence in my
for details. career potential.”
When applying for a PhD or MPhil degree programme
please indicate on the application your preferred area Giulia, PhD Chemistry
of research, and provide the names of at least two

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Inorganic Chemistry Research Group AVAILABLE FUNDING
This group has strengths in organometallic, co- Many PhD degrees receive funding from an external
ordination and bioinorganic chemistry as well as funding body such as a Research Council, charity, the
catalysis, inorganic photochemistry, inorganic materials EU, an industrial company, or a combination of these.
and solar energy conversion. The Department also offers a number of Chemistry
Materials Chemistry Research Group Teaching Studentships. Funding is offered in one of
The Materials Chemistry group is primarily interested two ways. The first is where the academic member of
in molecular material based upon liquid crystals. There staff leading the research will have already received
are active industrial research contacts with more than funding prior to the research project being advertised.
ten companies. The second is where a project has been approved by
the Department and funding is subject to competition
Organic Chemistry Research Group
against all other projects. Funding normally covers
This group reflects the main strengths at York in student tuition fees as well as a maintenance grant for
contemporary synthetic and physical organic chemistry. living expenses. Your eligibility for funding depends on
Physical Chemistry Research Group your fee status; some funding bodies limit funding to
The main research themes of the Physical Chemistry UK nationals or EU residents.
group are atmospheric chemistry, theory and The University welcomes applications from
computation, spectroscopy and photochemistry, international students, and a number of scholarships are
and physical chemistry of materials. available annually. These awards provide a contribution
towards the cost of tuition fees.
Your background
Information about all sources of funding for research
You should normally have (or expect to receive) at degree programmes can be found on our website at
least a 2:1 degree in Chemistry (or a Chemistry-related york.ac.uk/chemistry/postgraduate.
subject) or its overseas equivalent. Progression on the
PhD is considered annually after a formal assessment Wild Fund Scholarships
meeting. This meeting reviews progress and makes a The Department is pleased to support self‑funding
realistic appraisal of your likely progress during the students from outside the UK to study for research
project over the remaining period of the degree. degrees in Chemistry at York by offering the opportunity
to apply for a Wild Fund Scholarship. Scholarships vary,
with awards up to a maximum value of full tuition fees
and a contribution towards living costs. Scholarship
applications are welcomed from those wishing to study
for MSc by research, MPhil or PhD. Scholarships are
awarded competitively, based on academic excellence
and financial need. For more information see our
website or contact chemgrad@york.ac.uk.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. James Clark, PhD (London) – Green and sustainable chemistry;
renewable resources; industrial applications
Professor and Head of Department Kevin Cowtan, DPhil (York) – X-ray crystallography;
Duncan Bruce, DSc (Liverpool) – Liquid crystals; ionic liquid computational methods; model building; data analysis
crystals and ionic liquids; LC OLED materials; materials
Gideon Davies, PhD (Bristol), FRS – Chemical glycobiology;
enzyme structure; neurodegeneration; biofuels
Professors Simon Duckett, DPhil (York) – NMR; MRI; catalysis;
Alfred Antson, PhD (Moscow) – Structural biology of nucleic hyperpolarisation; photolysis; mechanism; organometallic;
acid-processing machines metabolism
Marek Brzozowski, PhD (Lodz) – Structural biology of hormone Anne-Kathrin Duhme-Klair, Habil (Münster) – Metal ions
regulation: insulin/IGF-1; membrane proteins; protein in biology and medicine
crystallisation Mathew Evans, PhD (Cambridge) – Atmospheric chemistry
Lucy Carpenter, PhD (UEA) – Atmospheric chemistry; sea–air modelling
interactions; atmospheric monitoring and detection

Ian Fairlamb, PhD (Manchester Metropolitan) – Senior Lecturers
Catalysis; synthetic chemistry; chemical biology Martin Cockett, PhD (Southampton) – Gas-phase laser
Dame Pratibha Gai, PhD (Cambridge), FREng, FRS; JEOL spectroscopy; weak interactions; computational chemistry
Professor; Founding Co-Director, Nanocentre – Single atom EM; Richard Douthwaite, DPhil (Oxford) – Inorganic chemistry;
catalysts materials; photocatalysis; solar energy; organometallics;
Gideon Grogan, PhD (Exeter) – Applied biocatalysis; catalysis
structure, function and application of novel enzymes Avtar Matharu, PhD (Nottingham Trent) – Developing
Roderick Hubbard, DPhil (York) – Structure-based drug technological innovations for converting biomass into
discovery; protein structure and function; molecular modelling biobased products
Neil Hunt, PhD ( Cambridge) – Ultrafast two-dimensional Alison Parkin, DPhil (Oxford) – Wiring up a sustainable chemical
infrared spectroscopy of biomolecular and chemical reactions future; electrochemistry; metalloenzyme reactions; surface
Brendan Keely, PhD (Bristol) – Environmental organic chemistry modification
and geochemistry; analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry Anne Routledge, PhD (Otago) – Bio-organic chemistry; solid-
James Lee, PhD (Leeds) – Remote and urban atmospheric phase enabling technologies
gas‑phase oxidation chemistry Angelika Sebald, Habil (Munich) – Unconventional computation;
Alastair Lewis, PhD (Leeds) – Atmospheric chemistry; sensors; nuclear magnetic resonance; human-computer interface
pollution; environmental policy; chromatography John Slattery, PhD (Bristol) – Organometallic chemistry; main-
Michael North, DPhil (Oxford) – Catalysis; sustainable chemistry; group chemistry; fluorine chemistry; ionic liquids; computational
CO2 chemistry; green solvents chemistry
Peter O’Brien, PhD (Cambridge) – Development of new methods Moray Stark, DPhil (York) – Antioxidancy and degradation of
in synthesis and medicinal chemistry hydrocarbons; renewable alternatives for fuel
Robin Perutz, PhD (Cambridge), FRS – Organometallic Derek Wann, PhD (Edinburgh) – Electron diffraction;
photochemistry; small molecule activation; solar energy  ultrafast chemical processes; computational chemistry
David Smith, DPhil (Oxford) – Nanochemistry; supramolecular
chemistry; nanomedicine; dendrimers; self-assembled materials Alyssa-Jennifer Avestro, PhD (Northwestern University) –
Organic energy materials; supramacromolecular chemistry
Jane Thomas-Oates, PhD (London) – Mass spectrometry;
glycobiological, environmental and archaeological analysis Martin Bates, PhD (Southampton) – Liquid crystals;
computer simulation
Paul Walton, PhD (Nottingham) – Bioinorganic chemistry;
copper mono-oxygenases; spectroscopy Jamie Blaza, PhD (Cambridge) – Cryo-electron microscopy;
structural biology; biophysics; bacteriology
Anthony Wilkinson, PhD (London) – Protein structure function;
Leishmania; transcription; bacterial virulence Terry Dillon, PhD (Leeds) – Laser- / plasma-based kinetic
experiments to investigate atmospheric and biofuel chemistry
Keith Wilson, DPhil (Oxford) – Protein structure-function;
protein crystallography; enzymes Martin Fascione, PhD (Leeds) – Chemical medicine; chemical
glycobiology; bioconjugation of proteins; carbohydrates
Readers Meghan Halse, PhD (Victoria University of Wellington) – NMR;
David Carslaw, PhD (King’s College London) – Urban air low-field NMR; hyperpolarisation; physical chemistry
pollution; vehicle emissions; open source data analysis Aneurin Kennerley, PhD (Sheffield) – Hyperpolarised magnetic
Victor Chechik, PhD (St Petersburg) – Magnetic nanoparticles; resonance; optical spectroscopy functional imaging
EPR spectroscopy; reaction mechanisms; radicals Isabel Saez, PhD (Alcalá de Henares) – Liquid crystals;
Paul Clarke, PhD (Bath) – Organic chemistry; total synthesis dendrimers; nanoparticles; surface functionalisation;
of natural products; origins of life materials chemistry
Caroline Dessent, PhD (Yale) – Laser spectroscopy of ionic Seishi Shimizu, PhD (Tokyo) – Theoretical biophysics;
molecules and clusters statistical thermodynamics; liquid theory; protein stability
Jacqueline Hamilton, PhD (Leeds) – Atmospheric chemistry; Christopher Spicer, DPhil (Oxford) – Biomaterials; tissue
analytical chemistry; aerosols engineering; protein chemistry
Peter Karadakov, PhD (Sofia) – Quantum chemistry: valence Lianne Willems, PhD (Leiden) – Glycobiology; organic
bond theory and magnetic shielding maps chemistry; protein biochemistry; glycosylation disorders
Jason Lynam, DPhil (York) – Mechanistic, catalytic and
therapeutic applications of transition metal compounds
Duncan Macquarrie, PhD (Strathclyde) – Green chemistry;
mesoporous materials; conversion of biomass; catalysis
John Moore, PhD (London) – Spectroscopy; photochemistry;
dyes; liquid crystals; reaction mechanisms in solution
Kirsty Penkman, PhD (Newcastle) – Chromatography; protein;
amino acid geochronology; palaeoclimate; bioarchaeology

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Our fresh and forward-looking courses are informed by industry to ensure that our graduates
leave with sought after, highly developed skills which equip them for the workplace.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Advanced Computer Science FT 1yr PhD FT 3yr, PT 6yr

MSc Cyber Security FT 1yr PhD (by distance learning)  FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MSc Human-Centred Interactive Technologies FT 1yr PhD Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence FT 4yr
MSc Social Media and Interactive Technologies FT 1yr MSc/PGDip Safety Critical
MSc Computer Science (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr Systems Engineering FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr
MPhil FT 2yr, PT 4yr PGCert System Safety Engineering FT 1yr, PT 2yr


Eugene Campbell IELTS 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 6.0 in Writing
Postgraduate Admissions Administrator for MSc Social Media and Interactive Technologies
cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component
+44 (0)1904 325404 for other taught courses
IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component,
or equivalent, for research programmes
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Computer Science has a We emphasise a multidisciplinary approach to

strong international reputation for excellence research and there is significant collaboration with
in teaching and research. We have a major other departments at York and with researchers around
influence in the development of the subject and the world in both universities and industry. We drive
our teaching by our research and the topics we teach
on industrial practice.
are both fresh and forward looking. Our postgraduate
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)
taught courses are developed in collaboration with
assessment, 90 per cent of the Department’s research
industry and relevant professional bodies, ensuring
activity was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally
our courses remain dynamic and relevant.
excellent’. In the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the
The Department provides a friendly environment
2014 REF assessment, the Department was fifth in the
which supports and develops teaching and research.
UK for the impact on society of our research.
We are situated in purpose-built accommodation on
Our research activity centres on the Department’s
Campus East and teaching and research are supported
four research themes: Critical systems; People, health
by cutting-edge equipment and facilities. Research
and wellbeing; Analytics; and Beyond human vision.
students choose to work with one of our research
Our expertise and understanding of interdisciplinary
groups and enjoy all the facilities of the Department.
computer science research is also reflected in our
Postgraduate teaching includes core computing issues
participation in, or management of, four cross-
and advanced topics, and our courses differ in emphasis
department research centres: York Cross-disciplinary
to suit your interests and chosen career path. Details
Centre for Systems Analysis (YCCSA); Digital Creativity
about the courses, including individual modules, can be
Labs (DC Labs); Quantum Communications Hub; and the
found at cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate.
Assuring Autonomy I​nternational Programme.

OUR COURSES government agencies and related organisations with
security responsibilities.
The Department offers a range of taught and
The course educates in crucially important
research‑based postgraduate degrees.
cyber security areas:
Our taught Masters courses are studied over one
▪▪ identity, reputation and trust
year. They all involve six months of taught modules,
and in the second half of your course you undertake a ▪▪ cryptography theory and applications
research project, under supervision. ▪▪ computer forensics
Our research degree programmes comprise a
▪▪ network and distributed system security
three-year PhD, a two-year MPhil and a one-year MSc
(by research). When you take a degree by research in ▪▪ m
 alicious behaviours, malware and
Computer Science, you work closely with one of our intrusion detection
internationally respected research groups. You define ▪▪ s ecurity management, assurance and
an area of study and work with one of our world-leading risk assessment
academics as your supervisor.
▪▪ secure system development
MSc Advanced Computer Science Your background
The MSc in Advanced Computer Science is a full-time, Typically you will have achieved at least a 2:1 honours
one-year taught course, intended for those who would degree (or international equivalent) in Computer
like to develop a level of understanding and technical Science or a related discipline. We will also consider
skill at the leading edge of Computer Science. It applicants with appropriate work experience.
also provides ideal preparation for a PhD or other
research work.
You study a range of advanced topics in Computer
Science, taught by active researchers. You will then
undertake an individual project, attached to one of
our established research groups. You will gain an
in-depth knowledge of topics on the frontiers of
Computer Science in order to engage in research or
development and application of research findings.
This MSc covers four main themes: Research, Modules offered on my course
Software Engineering, Interactive Systems, focus on cutting-edge topics
and Cyber Security. You can either concentrate
your studies in one of these areas or choose related to Computer Science and are
from the broad range of modules. taught by leading academics. The staff
Your background
Typically you will have achieved at least a 2:1 honours
are knowledgeable and engaging, and
degree (or international equivalent) in Computer in the practical and lab sessions always
Science, with a strong mathematical content. We are
willing to consider your application if you do not fit this
take time to speak to you and discuss
profile, but you must satisfy us that your knowledge in your progress. My course has not
Computer Science is appropriate for advanced study.
only enhanced my skills in software
MSc Cyber Security development but also prepared me
Certified by GCHQ, as the National Technical Authority
for Information Assurance for a career in research and now
The MSc in Cyber Security is a full-time, one-year taught I’m planning to pursue a PhD in
course, targeted at those who need to make technically
informed cyber security decisions, or who wish to follow model‑driven engineering or my
a research career in this area. The skills and knowledge own research.”
of our graduates are highly sought after by companies
undertaking secure software and systems engineering, Jon, MSc Advanced Computer Science

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MSc Human-Centred Your background
Interactive Technologies Typically you will have achieved at least a 2:1 honours
This course is designed for you if you possess a degree, or equivalent. You are not required to have
strong background in computer science, design, or a Masters-level degree for direct entry to the PhD
information technology and want to gain expertise programme, but you will be expected to demonstrate
and industry-relevant practical skills in user-centred aptitude for research.
approaches for designing positive user experiences Available funding
(UX) with interactive technology. Each year we have a number of studentships available to
The course emphasises design that is driven from award competitively. These fund tuition fees and some
a deep understanding of users, through the use of cover living expenses. Visit cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate/
qualitative and quantitative research techniques research-degrees/phdstudentships for more details.
drawn from the diverse fields of cognitive psychology,
computer science, sociology and beyond. You will gain EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training
expertise and skills in eliciting and analysing the goals in Intelligent Games and
of potential users, designing usable and inclusive user Game Intelligence (IGGI)
journeys, and evaluating the quality of user experiences IGGI is a collaboration between the University of York,
with interactive technologies: all skills in demand in the University of Essex, Goldsmiths College, University
modern, UX-related careers or in postgraduate study. of London and Queen Mary, University of London. It
The course is also suitable if you are seeking to trains the next generation of researchers, designers,
develop a more research-based career, as it provides developers and entrepreneurs in digital games.
breadth in an expanding and thriving research field, and IGGI is a unique opportunity for you to undertake
the opportunity to specialise in particular areas through PhD research in collaboration with our 60 industrial
an independent research project. games partners and world-leading academics. The
programme combines practical skills training with
Your background
advanced teaching in cutting-edge research topics,
Typically, you will have achieved at least a 2:1 honours
industrial placements and the chance to contribute
degree (or international equivalent) in a computing
original research to a growing academic area.
discipline. We will also consider applicants with
appropriate work experience. Your background
Typically, you will have achieved at least a 2:1 honours
MSc Social Media and degree (or international equivalent) in a discipline
Interactive Technologies related to game design, development or analysis, as
well as having some basic knowledge of programming.
This course is organised and taught jointly with the
We will consider applicants with significant work
Department of Sociology, and is described on page 199.
experience, for example, working in game design.
MSc/MPhil/PhD research degrees Available funding
As a research student in the Department, you will Funded by the EPSRC, we have a number of
undertake research with your selected supervisor(s) and studentships available for each year of entry to
will be a member of your supervisor’s research group(s). cover tuition fees and include an annual stipend. IGGI is
Typically, applicants contact potential supervisors currently under consideration for renewal. Continuation
and develop a research proposal as part of the of the programme and funded studentships is subject
application process. Visit cs.york.ac.uk/postgraduate/ to the success of this renewal bid. Visit iggi.org.uk for
research-degrees/phd/researchtopics for potential more information.
supervisors. PhD, MPhil and MSc by research degrees
include formal and informal training for research and
MSc/PGDip Safety Critical
academia. Where appropriate, you can also attend
Systems Engineering
taught modules. PGCert System Safety Engineering
The PhD programme is three years of full-time study These full- or part-time courses are built on industrial
(six years part-time) and may be taken in distance- and academic collaboration in the railway, nuclear,
learning mode. The MPhil is two years (four years part- defence, civil aerospace, maritime and automotive
time). The MSc by research is a one-year programme domains. Participants have attended from Qinetiq,
(two years part-time). Thales, BAE Systems, TRW, Sellafield, Jaguar Land

Rover, EDF Energy, Lloyds Registry, Knorr-Bremse Rail, an MSc in Railway Risk and Safety Management, in
Eurocontrol, Siemens and Ricardo, among others. collaboration with the Railway Centre at the University
These courses enable you to take a leading role in the of Birmingham. If you work for Jaguar Land Rover,
design, assessment and support in operation of systems we can offer you the MSc in System Safety Engineering
with high safety impact. They do so by providing with Automotive Applications, in collaboration with
knowledge of appropriate techniques and methods, the Technical Accreditation Scheme.
placed within an organisational and process context. Your background
They also provide skills in applying these techniques
These courses are specifically directed at those with
and ways of thinking about system safety that allow
several years of industrial experience. An appropriate
good safety decisions to be made.
degree is desirable, but many applicants will have
They are designed to be taken part-time over two
reached degree-level knowledge through their
or three years, or full-time over one year.
work experience.
The Department also has a number of collaborations
in place to provide tailored versions of the course.
If you are working in the railway industry but have
relatively little knowledge in this domain we offer

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Susan Stepney, PhD (Cambridge), CEng, FBCS – Bio‑inspired
algorithms; unconventional computation; emergent properties;
Professor and Head of Department artificial life
Neil Audsley, DPhil (York) – Embedded real-time systems: Richard Wilson, DPhil (York) – Inexact graph matching;
architectures, memory; analysis programming; high performance structural pattern recognition; stereo and shape-from-shading
Jim Woodcock, PhD (Liverpool), FREng, FBCS, CITP, CEng –
Professors Formal methods and tools; semantics; concurrency;
James Austin, PhD (Brunel) – Neural networks; e-science and software engineering
grids; parallel computation; neuro-inspired computation
Samuel Braunstein, PhD (Caltech), CPhys, FInstP – Readers
Quantum information and computation; black holes Paul Cairns, DPhil (Oxford) – Digital gaming experience;
Alan Burns, DPhil (York), FREng, FIEEE, FBCS, FIET – Real‑time modelling user interactions; human–computer interaction
systems; resources scheduling; real-time programming Dan Franks, PhD (Leeds) – Complex networks; agent-based
languages; mixed criticality; cyber physical systems modelling; bio-inspired computing; swarm robotics
Ana Cavalcanti, DPhil (Oxford) – Software verification; Suresh Manandhar, PhD (Edinburgh) – Natural language
formal methods; real-time; concurrency; object-orientation processing; minimally supervised learning of syntax and semantics
Peter Cowling, DPhil (Oxford) – Artificial intelligence; Leandro Soares Indrusiak, Dr-Ing (TU Darmstadt) –
operational research; graph search; heuristics; games Real-time and low-power multi-processor systems
Anders Drachen, PhD (Macquaire, Sydney) – Games:
game analytics; business intelligence and user research Senior Lecturers
Tim Kelly, DPhil (York) – Development, modelling, Iain Bate, DPhil (York) – Real-time and critical systems design
analysis and certification of high-integrity systems and analysis; wireless sensor networks

Dimitris Kolovos, PhD (York) – Model-driven engineering; Radu Calinescu, DPhil (Oxford) – Self-adaptive software systems;
object-oriented design; software architecture; formal modelling and verification at run time
programming languages Chris Crispin-Bailey, PhD (Teesside) – Novel processors and
John McDermid OBE, PhD (Birmingham), FREng – Safety  arrays; code optimisation and translation; VLSI design
engineering; security; safety-critical software; large-scale James Cussens, PhD (London) – Machine learning;
software engineering probabilistic graphical models; discrete optimisation
Richard Paige, PhD (Toronto) – Model-driven engineering; Jeremy Jacob, DPhil (Oxford) – Mathematical modelling and
software engineering; enterprise systems; optimisation; security design of systems and languages with a focus on security
Helen Petrie, PhD (London) – Human–computer interaction; Dimitar Kazakov, PhD (Prague) – Artificial intelligence;
disabled and older users; psychological aspects of machine learning; computational linguistics; language origins
technology use Simon O’Keefe, DPhil (York) – Neural networks; binary
Stefano Pirandola, PhD (Camerino, Italy) – Information theory; correlation matrix memory; non-standard computation
quantum computation; quantum cryptography Nick Pears, PhD (Durham) – Computer vision and pattern
recognition; machine learning; 3D shape analysis/modelling

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Detlef Plump, Dr-Ing, Habil (Bremen) – Graph‑based Oleg Lisagor, PhD (York) – Safety engineering; analysis of
programming models; theoretical computer science software-intensive systems; model-based safety assessment
Christopher Power, PhD (Western Ontario) – Angus Marshall, BSc (Abertay), CEng – Human factors of
Human‑computer interaction; accessibility; user requirements; security; commercial forensic computing
evaluation methodologies David Pumfrey, DPhil (York) – Hazard identification;
William Smith, PhD (York) – Face recognition; risk assessment; system and software safety analysis
shape-from-shading; reflectance/appearance modelling Tommy Yuan, PhD (Leeds Met) – Argumentation; dialogue
systems; dependability arguments; autism software
Senior Lecturers (Teaching/Scholarships)
Steve King, DPhil (Oxford) – Formal software development; Senior Research Fellow
provably-correct software; safety-critical software Rob Davis, DPhil (York) – Real-time systems;
Mark Nicholson, DPhil (York) – System safety engineering; scheduling analysis; industrial applications
data safety; systems engineering; statistical analysis Richard Hawkins, PhD (York) – Software safety assurance;
assurance cases
Rob Alexander, PhD (York) – Safety of autonomous robots;
search-based testing; empirical safety engineering
Adrian Bors, PhD (Thessaloniki) – Image processing;
computational intelligence; motion estimation;
digital watermarking
Javier Camara Moreno, PhD (Málaga) – Self-adaptive software
systems; software architecture, formal modelling and verification
Wanli Chang, Dr.-Ing. (TU Munich) – Resource-aware and trusted
cyber-physical systems; interdisciplinary research applying
optimisation algorithms and deep learning
Ian Gray, PhD (York) – Programming languages for embedded
systems; custom hardware; real-time constraints
Ibrahim Habli, PhD (York) – Software architectures; product-line
development; software safety; safety cases
Daniel Kudenko, PhD (Rutgers) – Artificial intelligence
for games; machine learning; user modelling
Joanna Iacovides, PhD (IET, Open University) – Human–
computer interaction; digital games
Nicholas Matrakgas, PhD (York) – Software engineering; model-
driven engineering; software analytics; software quality; critical
Peter Nightingale, PhD (St Andrews) – Artificial intelligence;
discrete optimisation; machine learning; algorithm selection
Siamak Shahandashti, PhD (Wollongong) – Cyber security and
privacy; applied cryptography; design and analysis of electronic
voting and biometric authentication systems
Vasileios Vasilakis, PhD (Patras, Greece) – Network security;
wireless networks and Internet of Things
Steven Wright, PhD (Warwick) – High performance computing;
computational science; parallel architectures

Lecturers (Teaching/Scholarships)
Katrina Attwood, PhD (Leeds) – System safety engineering;
requirements engineering; language of safety; organisational
safety; safety cases
Lilian Blot, PhD (UEA) – Volumetric data; medical and
biological image analysis and 3D representation
Christian Fairburn, PhD (York) – Human factors in
safety-related systems
Mike Freeman, PhD (York) – Hardware architecture for
high-speed text and vector processing

Graduates from our postgraduate courses are employed in a wide range of institutions around
the world. Working as economists or finance experts in financial institutions, world public
bodies such as the IMF or national governments, our graduates find that they can use their
leading‑edge skills with success in the world job market.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Development Economics MSc Project Analysis, Finance and Investment FT 1yr
and Emerging Markets FT 1yr PGCert Health Economics for Health Care
MSc Econometrics and Economics FT 1yr Professionals (by distance learning) PT 1–2yr
MSc Economics FT 1yr PGDip Health Economics for Health Care
Professionals (by distance learning) PT 1–2yr
MSc Economics and Finance FT 1yr
MSc Economic Evaluation for Health
MSc Economics and Public Policy FT 1yr
Technology Assessment (HTA)
MSc Finance FT 1yr (by distance learning) PT 1–2yr
MSc Finance and Econometrics FT 1yr MPhil FT 2yr
MSc Financial Engineering FT 1yr PhD FT 3yr
MSc Health Economics FT 1yr MA Social Research: see page 194
See also Health Economics on page 104.


york.ac.uk/economics IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component,
+44 (0)1904 323788 or equivalent
econ-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk For MSc Financial Engineering, see page 146
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department has one of the largest Economics at York

concentrations of expertise in economics and ▪▪ In the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the
related areas in UK universities. We offer one-year 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment,
MSc courses as well as research degrees. the Department was joint eighth for the impact of
Pioneering work in new fields such as health and its research.
experimental economics established York as a world ▪▪ One of only three UK institutions to receive five stars
leader in these areas while, at the same time, it has from the Centre of Higher Education Development
developed an international reputation in a number of for postgraduate economics.
areas of economics, econometrics and finance. ▪▪ The institution which pioneered health economics.
We are a large, vibrant department with a wide ▪▪ R
 esearch students are actively encouraged to
range of MSc degree courses and a large community participate in national and international conferences.
of research students. Our high quality research directly
▪▪ E
 ach research student is a member of one of the
informs our teaching, and we are proud of the impact
seven research clusters in the Department. MSc and
and influence of our research in society, and of our
PhD students have access to fully equipped study
contribution to scholarship. areas within the Department.
Our taught MSc courses cover economics, finance,
▪▪ A
 bout 25 teaching fellowships are available each
econometrics, development and health. Our staff have
year to help with undergraduate teaching.
wide-ranging expertise and supervise PhD students with
similar interests.

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Our graduate programme provides flexible entry to The course is intended for students who wish to acquire
postgraduate study depending on your background. graduate-level skills in economic analysis and relevant
We offer a main one-year MSc pathway and research quantitative techniques. It is designed for careers in
degrees at the MPhil level (two years full-time) and PhD research agencies, consultancy firms and economic
level (three years full-time). We also offer a background advisory services of governments, banks or international
refresher Summer Session in economics and quantitative organisations, or as university teachers or researchers.
methods, and a free two-week pre-sessional programme The course provides opportunities for studying various
in mathematics and statistics. The Department, in economic subjects in depth and for gradual transition
collaboration with the University’s Centre for English to undertaking research.
Language Teaching, provides English language
support for overseas students. Over 250 new students MSc Economics and Finance
started taught MSc courses last year and around 40 The aim of this course is to take students with a prior
others are working towards MPhil or PhD degrees. knowledge of economics and give them a thorough
Your background grounding in theoretical and applied finance. The
You will normally be expected to have the equivalent course provides the essential postgraduate skills to
of a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject. those wishing to follow careers in areas associated
with finance and economics, as well as those wishing
TAUGHT MASTERS DEGREES to pursue further research.
These have a common pattern of nine months spent on
MSc Economics and Public Policy
100 credits of advanced coursework and examinations,
and three months spent preparing a 10,000-word This course offers a thorough training in core areas of
dissertation. The coursework generally has core economics used in the evaluation of public policy. It is
compulsory modules in key areas for the MSc in question designed for students who wish to develop their abilities
(typically Micro- and/or Macroeconomics, Econometrics, in policy analysis and provides a solid foundation for
Finance or Quantitative Methods) and a range of careers in government, international organisations,
optional modules in either specialised theory or applied research centres, consultancy firms and universities.
areas. Details of the structure and modules can be found
at york.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/taught-masters. MSc Finance
The aim of this course is to take students with a prior
MSc Development Economics knowledge of economics or the natural sciences and
and Emerging Markets
This is a vibrant, intellectually challenging and exciting
course. You will acquire sound theoretical and applied
training and will be given the opportunity to pursue The MSc at York offers the kind of
interests in areas at the frontiers of development
economics with leading researchers in these fields, modules that fit my career and
including specialist pathways in health and finance. research interests, and allow me to
MSc Econometrics and Economics enrich my understanding of financial
The course provides intensive one-year training in markets, emerging markets, social
using advanced micro- and macroeconomics theory
and cutting-edge statistical and econometric methods. policy and economic models.
Our training will enable you to investigate emerging,
The course provides solid foundations
complex and ever-changing ‘real work’ economic
problems and to produce quantitative forecasting for a future career in financial services
and counterfactual analysis, which will form valuable
information for decision makers. The course will also
or for a research degree in economics
serve as ideal preparation for those who want to or finance."
progress to relevant research programmes.
Lutonadio, MSc Economics and Finance


give them a thorough grounding in theoretical and HEALTH ECONOMICS BY
applied finance. The course provides the essential DISTANCE LEARNING
postgraduate skills to those wishing to follow careers in
applied or quantitative finance, as well as those wishing PGCert/PGDip Health Economics
to pursue further research. for Health Care Professionals
MSc Economic Evaluation for Health
MSc Finance and Econometrics Technology Assessment (HTA)
The aim of this course is to take students with a prior
These courses are designed for those in the healthcare
knowledge of economics and/or mathematics and give
sector wishing to gain an accredited qualification
them a thorough grounding in theoretical and applied
in health economics, but who are unable to study
finance. The course provides the essential postgraduate
full-time. All students apply for the Postgraduate
skills to those wishing to follow careers in applied or
Certificate in the first instance and progression to the
quantitative finance, as well as those wishing to pursue
Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is dependent upon
further research.
satisfactory performance at earlier levels.
The Postgraduate Certificate covers the basic
MSc Financial Engineering
principles and tools of health economics.
The MSc in Financial Engineering provides a high The Postgraduate Diploma covers these same basic
quality graduate-level course that combines methods tools and deepens knowledge in specific areas.
of applied and computational mathematics with those The MSc aims to further students’ knowledge and
of econometrics and quantitative finance. Graduates of understanding of basic and advanced issues in the
this course have the technical, analytical and problem- economic evaluation of health technology assessment
solving skills required to undertake roles in quantitative through high quality training in relevant theoretical
finance in investment banks and other financial and practical issues.
institutions. The MSc also qualifies graduates for roles in For further information see the entry for Health
fund management, insurance, the actuarial profession, Economics on page 104. Full details can be found at
taxation, or for continued study to PhD level. For further york.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/distance_learning.
information see the entry for Mathematics on page 146.

MSc Health Economics

The MSc in Health Economics offers high-level courses I came to York because I was
and access to a network of economists and healthcare attracted by the stimulating
professionals for summer research placements. The
objective of the course is to produce well-trained research environment and the
economists with the ability to apply their skills to opportunity to work alongside top
important issues in the field of health economics.
This Masters course involves staff from the Centre for academics in a world-renowned
Health Economics (CHE). For further information
see the Centre’s entry on page 104.
institution. My experience has definitely
met my expectations. My supervisors
MSc Project Analysis, Finance 
and Investment have created a friendly and supportive
This MSc degree is designed for those interested in environment and I’m excited about the
attaining or developing analytical skills in economics
and finance which are relevant to successful careers in
interesting research collaborations
the fields of investment, finance and project appraisal. we’ve established. Opportunities to
These areas offer scope for career development as
investment analysts, financial advisers or consultants present at international conferences
in investment and commercial banks and other have built up my confidence and given
financial institutions, consultancy firms, government
departments and international agencies. me vital skills for my future career.”
Valentina, PhD Economics

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The MPhil and PhD research degrees provide the The Department itself funds some PhD scholarships.
opportunity to undertake a sustained supervised For 2019/20 we will have some three-year scholarships
research effort culminating in a thesis. The research available, worth up to £18,500 each (out of which fees
degree programmes in York are very large in size (there at the appropriate rate are payable). PhD students
are around 40 research students and a similar number may also apply for teaching scholarships, which offer
of staff involved in supervision). Many of the staff are additional money (up to about £3,500) in return for
leading researchers in their area and the Department teaching undergraduate seminars. Applicants to the
provides an extensive set of assessed PhD-level courses Department are also eligible to apply for the White
Rose ESRC studentships.
for its research students. Many York graduates are now
Additionally, for MSc students we have seven NIHR
senior academics in universities in this country and
studentships which are open to UK and EU students on
overseas. Others work in IGOs, central banks or major
the MSc in Health Economics.
international banks and as economists for governments.
Details of available funding can be found on our
website york.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/funding.
The 1+3 programme
Initially, you are enrolled in one of the MSc degree ECONOMICS SUMMER SESSION
courses. After one year you can start a three-year PhD The Department of Economics and Related Studies
programme (see details below), admission to which is offers the Economics Summer Session, both
contingent on obtaining a satisfactory average mark in for students who have the ability to complete a one-
the assessed MSc examinations and on presentation of year MSc but whose background is inappropriate but
a satisfactory research proposal. relevant, and for other graduate students who want
to enhance their economic and quantitative skills.
The three-year PhD programme The course consists of lectures and tutorials in two
Students who already have an appropriate modules, an Economics Module (50 per cent) and
postgraduate qualification in Economics can be a Quantitative Module (50 per cent). This course
admitted to the three-year PhD programme. During the is delivered by distance learning plus a one-week
first two years of research you are required to attend residential workshop; further details can be found at
research training by taking 30 credits of assessed PhD, york.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/msc‑summers.
MSc or other advanced courses. In the second year of
research, you are also required to present a workshop to
fellow students and staff. The programme is completed
by the submission of a thesis after three years of
research, which must contain an original contribution to
knowledge or understanding. The recommended length
is 30,000 words.

The MPhil is a two-year programme. It is similar in
structure to the PhD, except that it is one year shorter
and the thesis requirement is reduced accordingly,
both in length and in originality. You are only
required to take 20 credits of assessed courses
in your first year.


See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Giacomo De Luca, PhD (Namur) – Development economics;
political economy; microeconomics
Professor and Head of Department Adam Golinski, PhD (Imperial College London) – Financial
Jo Swaffield, PhD (Warwick) – Labour economics; econometrics; financial economics; asset pricing; term structure
applied econometrics models; long memory processes
Alan Krause, PhD (UC Riverside) – Microeconomic theory;
Professors welfare economics; public economics
Sue Bowden, PhD (LSE) – Long-run growth; long-run
demographic change; economic and social history Paulo Monteiro Santos, PhD (Brussels) – Macroeconomics

Subir Chattopadhyay, PhD (SUNY, Stony Brook) – Matthias Morys, PhD (LSE) – Economic history and
Dynamic general equilibrium international finance

Karl Claxton, DPhil (York) – Health economics; Vanessa Smith, PhD (Nottingham) – Macroeconomics;
decision analysis panel data econometrics; empirical finance

Thomas Cornelissen, PhD (Hanover) – Labour economics; Michael Thornton, PhD (Essex) – Aggregation in econometrics;
applied econometrics continuous time econometric modelling; modelling 
seasonal series
Andrew Jones, DPhil (York) – Health economics;
applied microeconomics; econometrics Lecturers
Yuan Ju, PhD (Tilburg) – Game theory; microeconomics Anindya Bhattacharya, PhD (Indian Statistical Institute) –
Karen Mumford, PhD (ANU) – Labour economics; Game theory; political economy; microeconomic issues of
applied microeconomics and macroeconomics less-developed economies
Cheti Nicoletti, PhD (Florence) – Labour economics Marianne Bruins, PhD (Yale) – Labour economics, public
economics and econometrics
Gulcin Ozkan, DPhil (York) – Macroeconomics;
monetary economics; international finance Bipasa Datta, PhD (Virginia Tech) – Microeconomic theory;
game theory; industrial organisation
Neil Rankin, DPhil (Oxford) – Macroeconomic and
monetary theory Martin Forster, DPhil (York) – Health economics
Nigel Rice, PhD (Keele) – Health economics and Maria Elena Garcia Reyes, PhD (York) – Income polarisation;
applied microeconometrics inequality; poverty; income distribution; criminology
Yongcheol Shin, PhD (Michigan State) – Applied and Michal Horvath, PhD (St Andrews) – Macroeconomics; monetary
theoretical econometrics and fiscal policy interactions; heterogeneity in macroeconomics
Luigi Siciliani, Laurea, PhD (York) – Health economics; William Jackson, PhD (Warwick) – Population ageing;
industrial organisation; economics of regulation; public sector economics
applied microeconomics Jorgen Kratz, PhD (Lund) – Microeconomic theory; mechanism
Peter N Smith, PhD (Southampton) – Macroeconomics; design
finance; applied econometrics Joao Madeira, PhD (Boston) – Business cycle fluctuations;
Emma Tominey, PhD (UCL) – Labour economics; monetary policy; labour market rigidities; asset pricing
applied econometrics Mathilde Péron, PhD (PSL, Paris Dauphine) – Health economics
Takashi Yamagata, PhD (Manchester) – Econometrics; finance Dominic Spengler, PhD (York) – Economic theory
Zaifu Yang, PhD (Tilburg) – Microeconomics; mechanism design; Peter Wagner, PhD (Toronto) – Microeconomic theory; industrial
auction theory; game theory; financial economics organisation and financial economics
Paola Zerilli, PhD (Massachusetts) – Asset and derivative pricing;
Readers financial econometrics; corporate finance
Francesco Bravo, PhD (Southampton) – Econometric theory
Andrew Pickering, PhD (Exeter) – Applied macroeconomics;
political economics; natural resource economics
Makoto Shimoji, PhD (UC San Diego) – Microeconomics;
game theory

Senior Lecturers
John Bone, MSc (Southampton) – Individual and collective
choice; experimental economics
Jia Chen, PhD (Zhejiang) – Nonlinear time series; panel data
econometrics; nonparametric and semiparametric modelling
Laura Coroneo, PhD (Brussels) – Finance; econometrics

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Our courses are designed to develop critical understanding of disciplines relevant to education
in contexts around the world, and also serve as excellent introductions to research. Our students
secure or already hold teaching posts in state and independent schools across the UK and
internationally, as well as posts in many other fields.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) FT 1yr MSc Psychology in Education FT 1yr

MA Education (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Education FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Education FT 1yr PhD Education (by distance learning) FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Global and International PhD Applied Linguistics FT 3yr, PT 6yr
Citizenship Education FT 1yr PhD Teaching English to Speakers
MA Social Justice and Education FT 1yr of Other Languages (TESOL) FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching FT 1yr MPhil Language and Communication FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MA Applied Linguistics for PhD Language and Communication FT 3yr, PT 6yr
English Language Teaching FT 1yr MA Social Research : see page 194
MA Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages (TESOL) FT 1yr


Graduate School of Education IELTS 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 6.0 in each
york.ac.uk/education/postgraduate component for the MA courses in Applied Linguistics
+44 (0)1904 323460 IELTS 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 6.0 in
educ15@york.ac.uk Listening and Speaking, 6.5 in Reading and Writing
for PhD in TESOL and PhD in Applied Linguistics
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with a minimum of 6.5 in
Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
for the MA in TESOL
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with no less than 6.0 in each
component for all other courses
For Language and Communication, see page 125
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Education is a thriving, departments. Our high quality research focuses on our
friendly academic community that values four research centres: Education and Social Justice;
research and teaching with a strong Language Learning and Use; Science Education; and
international dimension. Psychology in Education.
The Department’s teaching and research are We encourage studies involving a range of research
held in high regard nationally and internationally. approaches, including innovation and change in
Education at York is ranked in the UK top 20 (Complete education settings in the UK and overseas in high
University Guide, 2019) and our courses have excellent and low income countries. Our excellence in research
employability success rates (Longitudinal Education methods training is recognised by the Economic and
Outcomes, 2017). Social Research Council (ESRC). The Department is a
In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework member of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral
assessment, we had the ninth highest proportion of Training Partnership, one of the UK’s biggest doctoral
research designated as ‘world-leading’ among Education training centres for postgraduate researchers in the
social sciences.

OUR COURSES teaching placements. The programme also incorporates
study leading to the award of 60 credits at Masters level.
Our courses are designed to offer you the opportunity to
In its most recent assessment the Office for Standards
thrive in your chosen field of study. All taught Masters
in Education (Ofsted) awarded the PGCE programme a
courses are offered full-time and consist of 180 credits.
Grade 2: Good.
These are made up of compulsory (core) modules,
Applications are particularly welcome from
option modules in specialist areas, and a 12,000-word
candidates with some experience of working with
dissertation reporting a piece of research you have
young people, although this is not compulsory. Further
designed and carried out. This gives you considerable
details are available at york.ac.uk/education/pgce.
flexibility to select a pathway that suits your personal
Applications should be made as early as possible in the
interests and needs. You will be formally assessed via
academic year.
examinations, assignments and the dissertation. The MA
Education by research is offered as a one-year full-time
MA Education (by research)
course or part-time over two years.
All our Masters degrees also aim to provide a basis This programme offers an opportunity for study
for those wishing to go on to study for a PhD, either full-time over one year, or part-time over two years,
immediately after completing or at a later stage. We offer wholly by supervision, leading to the production of a
PhD programmes for students wishing to carry out a dissertation of about 25,000 words. Students of current
practice and developments in education are particularly
substantial piece of research.
welcome. We welcome applications from students from
English language and academic skills courses are
areas outside schools, such as nurse education, prison
provided for students by the University’s Centre for
education and further education. You are expected to
English Language Teaching.
have a clear idea of the topic area you wish to explore
The Centre also offers the Trinity Certificate in
and to submit a research proposal of around 800 words.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Students on this course are offered the opportunity to
(CertTESOL). This is an internationally recognised
join a research methods module in the Autumn Term,
professional teaching qualification approved by the
or will undertake guided reading on research methods.
British Council as an initial Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages (TESOL) or Teaching English as a
Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification. It is primarily
designed to offer York students the skills and knowledge
needed to take up a first post as a teacher of English
as a second/foreign language. The qualification may be
taken alongside studying for an academic course. Spaces
are strictly limited on this very intensive programme and I’ve learned that doing a PhD
entry onto the course is a highly competitive process. is not just about becoming an
Your background
expert in my field but also about
You should normally have (or expect to receive)
at least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. developing myself as a researcher
Postgraduate Certificate
and becoming part of an academic
in Education (PGCE) community. My supervisors and the
This is a one-year programme of study designed for Department have given me all the
students who wish to become effective teachers at
secondary school level (age range 11–16) and leads to training and support I need for this
Qualified Teacher Status. We offer Core PGCE and School
Direct PGCE programmes in partnership with Pathfinder
process. I really enjoy the Education
Teaching School Alliance, Yorkshire Teaching School Research Group seminars where you
Alliance and All Saints Roman Catholic School/Diocese of
Middlesbrough Teaching School Alliance. Subjects offered
can share your knowledge with
are: English, History, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics colleagues from all around the world.”
and Modern Foreign Languages. Students will experience
taught sessions at University and will spend substantial Paulina, PhD Education
periods of time in different secondary schools on

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MA Education concerns. The course offers advanced enquiry into the
processes of second language learning and teaching,
This course will provide you with a broad choice of
and runs alongside the MA in Applied Linguistics for
modules and areas of research for your dissertation. The
English Language Teaching. Applicants must have the
main focus is on enabling you to study a wide range of
equivalent of at least one year’s full-time teaching
educational issues and then focus on a topic of interest
experience and an undergraduate degree in a language-
to you for your dissertation. Such dissertation studies
related subject, linguistics or education. Students on
can focus on current developments in education or an
the course have a wide range of teaching experience,
educational issue of personal concern. Studies have
including the teaching of languages other than English,
looked at diverse topics such as bullying in schools,
to different age groups and proficiencies, and come
collaborative learning, and pupil motivation. You can
from a variety of contexts. One aim of the course is to
conduct your study in the UK or overseas.
enable students to make more informed decisions in
their own educational contexts. Students can select
MA Global and International assignments and design small‑scale studies to match
Citizenship Education their own concerns and interests.
Globalisation is a driving force of modern education
systems. This course explores what it means to be a MA Applied Linguistics for
citizen in a global world; what could and should be done English Language Teaching
by educators to respond to the needs of individuals This course will appeal to all those with an interest in
and groups in nation states; and how educators can English language teaching. It provides a broad-based
contribute to the new global society. MA in teaching English as a second or foreign language
This course will be attractive to those who have an and runs alongside the MA in Applied Linguistics for
interest in political and ideological education, moral Language Teaching. Applicants must have the equivalent
education and education to encourage diversity. It of at least one year’s full-time teaching experience
explores how to help people understand society and and an undergraduate degree in a language-related
develop the skills to take part in it. This includes subject, linguistics or education. Students on the course
investigations of European citizenship and global have a wide range of English teaching experience,
citizenship education and focuses on learning and with different age groups and proficiencies, and come
teaching methods. This MA will be of interest to current from a variety of countries and contexts.
or future teachers, researchers or policymakers.
MA Teaching English to Speakers
MA Social Justice and Education of Other Languages (TESOL)
Social justice is a vitally important goal for every This course is ideal for students who plan to teach
member of society. Educational policymakers, English as a second or foreign language with or without
researchers and teachers recognise that social justice teaching experience, or who plan to do research on the
is at the very heart of all their work in education. On teaching, learning or assessment of English as a second
this course, students will understand the fundamental, or foreign language. The course aims to
philosophical meanings of social justice in education (i) provide in-depth study of current issues and key
and be able to discuss and debate relevant issues. The trends in English language learning/teaching in a
course will investigate the pedagogical and professional global context;
issues related to social justice, asking what sorts of (ii) develop students’ knowledge of TESOL methodology
practices are fair. All of these matters will be informed and Applied Linguistics in order to facilitate principled,
by research. research-led approaches to language teaching;
This MA will be attractive to those with an interest (iii) provide research skills that students will need in
in diversity, inclusion, equality and a fair and decent order to engage critically with the literature to carry
society, who wish to explore what this means in relation out their own research project in a TESOL-related area.
to education. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in an
English language-related subject, linguistics or education.
MA Applied Linguistics for
Language Teaching MSc Psychology in Education
This course provides a broadly based MA in second and This British Psychological Society-accredited (BPS)
foreign language education, including languages other conversion course covers the core domains of
than English. It is informed by theoretical and practical psychology for students who did not study the discipline

as undergraduates. Successful graduates will be awarded We are interested in receiving applications in a wide
the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the BPS, the range of research topics, but especially within one of
gateway requirement for professional training in clinical, the following four research areas: Language Learning
educational, counselling, occupational, health or forensic and Use; Psychology in Education; Science Education;
psychology in the UK. Our graduates may also progress and Education and Social Justice. You can find details
to careers in research, teaching, youth work, policy concerning the research interests of staff on our
or data analysis. departmental web pages: york.‌ac.uk/education.
In core modules you will develop knowledge and Many of our overseas students have chosen to conduct
understanding of psychological topics including studies which involve collecting fieldwork data in their
memory, language, personality, intelligence, social home country and this is welcomed as an approach.
relationships and research methods. You will also have
the opportunity to develop more specialist expertise PhD Education (by distance learning)
via an optional module and your dissertation project. This PhD is intended for students with commitments
which prevent them from travelling to York. Students will
PhD research degrees be able to conduct research overseas while still receiving
Our PhD programmes can be taken full-time over three support and training online and by video-conferencing.
years, part-time over six years or by mixed mode of Registration is possible on a full- or part-time basis.
registration. These PhD degrees are based on submission Students are required to spend a minimum of two
of a research thesis of about 85,000 words. They are weeks on campus in each academic year (this may be
designed to support cutting-edge research and to one two-week or two one-week visits). Visits to campus
develop specialist knowledge and research skills through will coincide with registration and induction, training
academic study and research training. We support activities, annual progression meetings, and the viva voce
you to research a topic you are interested in. You exam. Costs related to the annual visits (including travel
need to submit a 1,500 word research proposal. It will and accommodation) are to be covered by the student.
strengthen your application if you can name a preferred Please note that access to an internet connection
supervisor and have checked that your research and relevant library is essential.
topic aligns closely with their research interests.
The Department organises research training PhD Applied Linguistics
workshops and convenes regular meetings. Meetings of Our PhD in Applied Linguistics, run jointly by the
the Education Research Group provide an informal setting Department of Education and the Department
at which research students can make presentations. of Language and Linguistic Science (see page 129),
The University runs an extensive programme of research is suitable for all those interested in exploring how
training and personal development workshops. linguistic knowledge can be applied to everyday real-life
Our postgraduate students can work across phenomena such as language learning, language policy
disciplines and institutions within the White Rose Social or language processing. The course emphasises research
Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership, receiving first- methodology appropriate for conducting linguistic
class training, collaborating with other postgraduate research projects, using a wide range of linguistic
researchers across Yorkshire and enjoying opportunities research methods.
to develop interdisciplinary networks and expertise. We are interested in hearing from students with
Entry requirements for each PhD programme are projects in: Second language acquisition; Language
stated on our departmental web pages: york.ac.uk/ learning; Discourse studies and discourse analysis;
education/postgraduate/phd. Students who wish to apply Psycholinguistics; Syntax; Semantics; Phonology; Lexis;
for an ESRC 1+3 PhD Studentship Award or an ESRC +3 Sociolinguistics; Language policy; Language for specific
PhD Award are advised to apply for the MA in Social purposes (eg academic, professional); Forensic linguistics.
Research (see page 194).
PhD Teaching English to Speakers
PhD Education of Other Languages (TESOL)
This programme will enable students to achieve a critical This programme is specifically designed for teachers
understanding of their field of study and to obtain solid of English as a second or foreign language, teacher
grounding in research methodology appropriate for educators, professional development administrators,
conducting research. curriculum developers, and researchers and academics
interested in enhancing their specialised knowledge
through academic study and research.

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The programme emphasises state-of-the-art MPhil/PhD Language and Communication
second language research and practice. It aims
The Department also participates in an interdisciplinary
to help students achieve a critical understanding
MPhil/doctoral programme in Language and
of pedagogical issues and current language
Communication. For more information see page 125.
learning and teaching theories. It provides a solid
grounding in research methodology appropriate for
undertaking research in professional contexts.
For up-to-date information about scholarships available,
see york.ac.uk/education/postgraduate/scholarships.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Danijela Trenkic, PhD (Cambridge) – Psycholinguistics;
language, literacy and academic attainment; international
Professor and Head of Department students in higher education
Paul Wakeling, PhD (Manchester) – Sociology of education;
higher education; quantitative research methods Lecturers
Jeremy Airey, PhD (Cambridge) – Learning in science (biology);
Professors informal learning; teacher professional development
Judith Bennett, PhD (London) – Attitudes to science; evaluation Cylcia Bolibaugh, PhD (Surrey) – Second language acquisition;
of educational interventions; systematic research reviews formulaic language; implicit learning
Ian Davies, PhD (York) – Citizenship education; history Eleanor Brown, PhD (Nottingham) – Development education;
education; global education; social studies education global citizenship; transformative learning; critical pedagogies
Robert Klassen, PhD (Simon Fraser) – Psychology in education; Lynda Dunlop, PhD (Ulster) – Science education and
motivation; teacher engagement engagement and philosophy for children
Chris Kyriacou, PhD (Cambridge) – Educational psychology; Lucy Foulkes, PhD (London) – Adolescence (social cognition;
teacher stress; effective teaching in schools social reward; mental health)
Emma Marsden, PhD (Southampton) – Foreign language Sally Hancock, PhD (Imperial College London) – Higher
education; second language acquisition education research; education policy; sociology of education
Leah Roberts, PhD (Essex) – Second language acquisition and John Issitt, PhD (Open) – The history and presentation of
processing; real-time comprehension of syntax and discourse knowledge; sociology of education
Vanita Sundaram, PhD (Copenhagen) – Gender and sexuality; Kerry Knox, PhD (Bristol) – Teaching and learning science;
equity in education; inclusion; sociology of education interdisciplinary training

Senior Lecturers Irena Kuzborska, PhD (Essex) – Learning and teaching

L2 reading and writing; English for specific purposes
Kathryn Asbury, PhD (King’s College London) – Psychology
in education; genetic influence on early development Ursula Lanvers, PhD (Exeter) – Psychology of language learning
(eg motivation, identity, affect); language education policy
Clementine Beauvais, PhD (Cambridge) – Cultural, literary
and philosophical approaches to childhood and education Hugues Lortie-Forgues, PhD (Québec à Montréal) –
Mathematical understanding; learning arithmetic
Claudine Bowyer-Crane, PhD (York) – Psychology in education;
reading; literacy Elpis Pavlidou, PhD (Edinburgh) – Reading; developmental
dyslexia; implicit/statistical learning
Zoe Handley, PhD (Manchester) – Technology-enhanced
(language) learning; second language learning; speech Nadia Mifka-Profozic, PhD (Auckland) – Second language
acquisition; feedback; classroom interaction
Jan Hardman, PhD (Birmingham) – Discourse analysis;
second language writing; language curriculum evaluation Catherine Shawyer, BA (Kent) – English teaching; drama
education; speaking and listening skills; subject leadership
Poppy Nash, PhD (Southampton) – Intervention research
in schools; resiliency; coping with disadvantage Bill Soden, PhD (York) – English for academic purposes; teaching
and assessing writing skills; English Language Teaching training
Amanda Naylor, PhD (York) – Teaching of literature and poetry;
student experiences of Sixth Form study; digital pedagogy Umar Toseeb, PhD (Bradford) – Behavioural and mental
health difficulties in schools; early life predictors of later
Sarah Olive, PhD (Birmingham) – Shakespeare in education;
psychopathology; developmental language disorder
teaching early modern literature; theatre and museum education
Claire Smith, PhD (Calgary) – History education; initial teacher
training; mentoring and coaching; hermeneutic approaches to

Housed in the beautiful and historic King’s Manor, the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
is widely recognised as the leading centre in the English-speaking world for interdisciplinary
research in the long 18th century. Our staff are drawn from four departments and have
published extensively in the period. Our frequent conferences and seminars provide
opportunities to network with internationally renowned scholars.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Eighteenth Century Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MA Literature of the Romantic Period, 1775–1832 FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MPhil FT 2yr, PT 4yr
PhD FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Brittany Scowcroft IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking,
york.ac.uk/inst/cecs 6.5 in Reading and 7.0 in Writing, or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 324980 For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies country and beyond. We encourage our students to
(CECS) provides a rich and stimulating organise their own activities for the community. CECS
environment for all forms of interdisciplinary students have run highly successful conferences, and
have established a popular Postgraduate Forum which
study. Our staff provide specialist supervision
provides MA and PhD students with valuable peer
in Archaeology, English Literature, History and
support for their research. CECS is regularly home to
History of Art. major funded research projects, and welcomes visiting
All of the principal contributing departments postdoctoral fellows from other countries.
were ranked in the top five for their subject in the We are housed in the historic King’s Manor in central
Times Higher Education’s ranking of the 2014 Research York, one of England’s most beautiful cities and an
Excellence Framework, the most authoritative exceptionally good place to study the 18th century.
assessment of research quality in the UK. The Arts York has a wealth of Georgian architecture, notably the
and Humanities at York have been ranked eighth Assembly Rooms and the Georgian museum at Fairfax
in the UK (Times Higher Education World University House, and offers easy access to the 18th-century houses
Rankings, 2018). Together with our doctoral and and landscape gardens of Yorkshire, including Castle
Masters students, we have created a lively research Howard, Harewood House and Burton Constable.
community where you will be able, individually and We have close working partnerships with these and
collaboratively, to pursue your interests in the politics, other heritage institutions, including the Richmond
culture, literature, art and society of the period. Theatre, the best-preserved Georgian playhouse in
Our fortnightly research seminars welcome visiting Britain, and Shandy Hall, home of Laurence Sterne.
speakers from Europe and North America as well as A range of internship opportunities with museums,
from across Britain; they are sociable occasions where film companies and other partners are available to
you will meet and talk informally with staff and other our students. Our alumni have gone on to successful
students. Our regular conferences and one-day symposia careers in higher education, publishing, law, the media,
are particularly geared to the interests of our graduate arts administration, teaching and the film industry.
community while also attracting delegates from this

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OUR COURSES MA Eighteenth Century Studies
CECS offers two taught MA degrees, the interdisciplinary This is a fully interdisciplinary degree course, involving
MA in Eighteenth Century Studies and the MA in the Departments of Archaeology, English, History
Literature of the Romantic Period 1775–1832. These and History of Art. It offers you the opportunity to
courses are taught by members of the University’s study the culture and cultural history of the long 18th
academic staff, and you can take them either full-time century (c1650–1850) from new perspectives, or to lay
over one academic year or on a part-time basis over the foundations for a higher degree within the various
two years. disciplines. We do not, however, expect you to have
On each MA, you take the core module and three previous experience in more than one discipline.
option modules, chosen from a wide range of options The principal focus is set by the core module in
shared by the different CECS degree courses. These the first term, which will introduce you to some of the
are fully described on our website. The course content most important themes, debates and sources in the
is designed to be as flexible as possible to enable you period. How did writers, artists and others attempt
to pursue your individual interests. You take the core to explain changes in the structure and value of their
module and one option module in the Autumn Term, societies, as these impinged on such issues as the
and two option modules in the Spring Term. Each revolution in France, the status and function of the
module is taught by weekly seminars and is assessed by arts, the relationship between the sexes, the authority
a term paper of up to 4,500 words. You also produce a of the aristocracy and the advantages, responsibilities
dissertation of 14,000 to 16,000 words, researched and and effects of Empire? You will study these questions
written over the Summer Term and vacation. A research mainly in relation to Britain, but with attention also
training course is included, running throughout the to how they were being addressed elsewhere, and
three terms. through a range of literary, visual and material sources.
You will be introduced to staff specialisms in subjects
EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY RESOURCES such as gender, the body and women’s writing; empire,
Almost all the major online databases for research exploration and the cultural history of warfare; reading
into the 18th and early 19th centuries – including communities and literary networks; science and
ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online), EEBO medicine; landscape and visual culture; and fashion,
(Early English Books Online), the British Periodicals material culture and consumption.
Collection, the 19th-century British Library Newspaper
Collection and the 17th- and 18th-century Burney MA Literature of the Romantic Period,
Newspaper Collection – are available at all workstations 1775–1832
in the University. All students have access to the The Romantic movement has traditionally been
extensive resources of libraries on the Heslington seen to dominate the aesthetic and literary output
campus, including special collections of rare books, of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but recent
the comprehensive collection of more than 12,000 critical and historical scholarship has emphasised the
reels of microfilmed 18th-century books and ephemera, range and diversity of contemporary literary styles
and the unique and extensive archival resources of of writing within the period. This MA degree offers
the Borthwick Institute for Archives. King’s Manor you an opportunity to explore the thrilling diversity
Library has a large collection of 18th-century resources, of writing between the outbreak of the American
including microfilm collections of prints, images, War of Independence and the Reform Act of 1832.
periodicals and newspapers. King’s Manor is next door You will have the chance to read the Romantic canon
to the York City Art Gallery and York City Archives, and and think about the very different poetics of, for
a few minutes from the major 18th-century collections example, Wordsworth and Byron, and enjoy some of
at York Minster Library. York’s excellent resources are the innovative and experimental prose of the time by
backed up by the presence of the British Library at writers such as Anna Barbauld, Mary Wollstonecraft
Boston Spa, easily accessible using the University’s free and William Blake. You will also encounter a range of
minibus service. works which complicate traditional notions of Romantic
writing. The core module surveys the major literary and
cultural developments of the period, as formulated by
contemporaries and by recent critics and theorists.


Option modules Many of our graduate students have gone on to study
The wide range of option modules on offer, taught for higher degrees in Britain and the USA. Others have
by staff from all contributing departments, will allow successful careers in publishing, the law, the media, arts
you to tailor your MA according to your own interests. administration, teaching and the film industry.
Examples of the options currently offered by CECS
staff are: MA/MPhil/PhD research degrees
▪▪ British Orientalisms in the Long 18th Century We invite applications from graduates from the UK
▪▪ Changes of Meaning, Narratives of Change and overseas who wish to read for research degrees
in Archaeology, English, History or History of Art.
▪▪ Empires of Improvement in the Long 18th Century Both interdisciplinary and single disciplinary topics
▪▪ E
 xotic Animals in Europe, 1650–1850: within the relevant chronological period (1650–1850)
Exhibition, Education and Entertainment are welcomed. The interests of members of CECS are
▪▪ E
 xperiencing and Remembering the French Wars, very extensive and supervision can be offered on an
1790–1918 extremely wide range of research topics. See york.ac.uk/
eighteenth-century-studies/our-staff for full details of our
▪▪ F
 ashion and Material Culture in 18th-Century staff research interests.
Literature You are welcome to contact potential supervisors
▪▪ F
 rom Wollstonecraft to Jane Austen: informally to discuss your research proposal. We
Femininity and Literary Culture encourage joint and interdisciplinary supervision.
All our research students are supported by the
▪▪ F
 rom Body Beautiful to Body Politic:
Graduate Research School. The School co-ordinates
The Politics of the Body in England c1600–1700
training and development, careers and administrative
▪▪ Gender, Enlightenment and Revolution, c1700–1800 support. It ensures your supervision and training are
▪▪ Gendering the Exotic and Exoticising Gender of the highest quality and that you receive fair and
consistent treatment.
▪▪ Landscape Painting in Britain c1750–1850
 iterature, Medicine and Revolution:
▪▪ L
Electricity from Franklin to Frankenstein
▪▪ Making the Nation in the Long 18th Century
▪▪ Print Culture in the 1790s I was drawn to postgraduate
▪▪ Public History placement study with CECS by the calibre
▪▪ Rebels, Riots and Religion in the 1840s and expertise of the staff. Not only
▪▪ Representing the City, 1750–1850 am I challenged to be a better
▪▪ R
 epresenting Women in 18th-Century Britain:
Ideas, Images and Texts
academic and scholar by my fellow
▪▪ Romantic Texts and Contexts peers and faculty, but my ideas are
▪▪ S
 peculation: Culture, Knowledge and Finance taken seriously and my supervisors
in England, 1650–1850
are incredibly supportive. No other
 tudents are welcome to take an elective module
from other periods or other departments, subject graduate centre that I’ve come
to availability and timetabling. across can boast the rigour
Your background
We normally welcome applications for MA courses from
of scholarship found at CECS,
holders of 2:1 honours degrees in appropriate subjects. matched with a convivial and
We will also consider your application sympathetically
if you are a mature candidate seeking specialist
encouraging atmosphere in
qualifications after professional experience (such as which to conduct doctoral study.”
in-service teaching) or if you wish to return after an
interval to continue your education, whether or not you Jessica, PhD English
have recent and conventional qualifications.

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CECS is proud to form an international community, We offer several postgraduate scholarships of up to
with a strong representation of students from overseas. £1,000 for applicants to the MA in Eighteenth Century
Past students have found that they forge fruitful Studies. For information on funding visit york.‌ac.uk/cecs/
and long-lasting contacts with fellow students and pg-funding.
academics, and that time spent at CECS, because of its
established reputation, enhances their career prospects
back home. The University offers strong welfare support
and language support where these are required.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Senior Lecturers
Helen Cowie, PhD (Warwick) – History: History of animals,
Centre Director history of natural history, history of collecting
Catriona Kennedy, PhD (York) – History: 18th- and 19th-century
Mary Fairclough, PhD (York) – English: 18th-century and
British and Irish history; gender, war and revolution
Romantic literature and science, politics, print culture
Professors Jonathan Finch, PhD (UEA) – Archaeology: Estate and
Matthew Campbell, PhD (Cambridge) – English: Poetry from the designed landscapes; hunting and field sports
late 18th century up to the present day Natasha Glaisyer, PhD (Cambridge) – History: Cultural history
Jason Edwards, PhD (Cambridge) – History of Art: British of commerce in the 17th and 18th centuries
sculpture in its global contexts; Victorian and Modernist art Hannah Greig, PhD (Royal Holloway) – History: Social,
Anthony Geraghty, PhD (Cambridge) – History of Art: English political and material history of Britain, c1688–1830
Baroque architecture Joanna de Groot, DPhil (Oxford) – History: Histories of race,
Jon Mee, PhD (Cambridge) – English: Long 18th-century print empire and ethnicity; women’s and gender histories
culture; sociability and networks; book history and material Emma Major, PhD (York) – English: Religion, gender and
culture; 1790s; popular radicalism; Blake national identity, c1700–1900
Miles Taylor, PhD (Cambridge) – History: 19th-century Chartism Alison O’Byrne, PhD (York) – English: Representations of the
and radical politics; parliamentary representation in the UK; city in the ‘long’ 18th century
impact of empire; historiography and heritage of Victorian James Watt, PhD (Cambridge) – English: Britain and empire
political and cultural life 1750–1840; British Orientalisms; Gothic; travel and tourism
Gillian Russell, PhD (Cambridge) – English: 18th- and 19th- Chloe Wigston Smith, PhD (Virginia) – English: Literature and
century Irish and British literature and culture, especially theatre, culture of the ‘long’ 18th century; history of the novel; gender
war, sociability, gender studies; visual and material culture and the Atlantic world

Readers Lecturers
Geoffrey Cubitt, PhD (Cambridge) – History: Political and Jasper Heinzen, PhD (Cambridge) – History: History of modern
cultural history of modern France; social memory and European nationalism; the Napoleonic wars; prisoners of war
Richard Johns, PhD (York) – History of Art: British art 1650–1850;
Mark Jenner, DPhil (Oxford) – History: Early modern painted interiors; landscape and marine painting
English history; medicine (social); the body
Associate Lecturer
Matthew Jenkins, PhD (York) – Archaeology: Historical
archaeology, especially buildings and landscapes


Electronic Engineering at York is underpinned by internationally acclaimed research, excellent
facilities and outstanding students and staff. Through our strong links with industry partners,
large-scale projects which reflect industry practices and access to industry-standard tools,
our research and taught Masters degrees inspire and train the next generation of leaders who
will transform technology.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Audio and Music Technology FT 1yr MSc Electronic Engineering

MSc Communications Engineering FT 1yr (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MSc Digital Systems Engineering FT 1yr MSc Music Technology (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MSc Embedded Wireless Systems FT 1yr MPhil Electronic Engineering FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MSc Engineering Management FT 1yr PhD Electronic Engineering FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MSc Intelligent Robotics FT 1yr MPhil Music Technology FT 2yr, PT 4yr
PhD Music Technology FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Professor Stephen Smith IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component,
Director, Electronic Engineering Graduate School or equivalent
york.ac.uk/electronic-engineering For further details, see pages 30 and 48
+44 (0)1904 324485

Electronic engineers hold the keys to the and wireless sensor networks, often applied to
future. Our research groups and postgraduate unconventional or difficult scenarios involving networks,
programmes link theory, practice and creativity, aerial platforms and underwater situations. This is
complemented by innovative research into electronic
equipping students to design the devices,
systems hardware, including new microwave and
applications, systems and networks of the future.
optical communications devices, and electromagnetic
The Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience research
interference and its interaction with biological systems.
group focuses on the interaction between biological
The Audio Lab, which includes an anechoic chamber, an
and electronic systems. We also undertake fundamental interactive multi-channel loudspeaker listening room
research into the next generation of nanoelectronic and three professional recording studios, supports
hardware including biomolecular electronics, spin-based our research into virtual acoustics modelling and
electron devices and electron microscopy. Our research auralisation, the human perception of sound, human
is used in a wide range of applications including voice production and interactive sonification.
autonomous intelligent vehicles, artificial immune In Engineering Management and Education, research
systems, evolvable hardware for adaptive engineering, is undertaken in the education process, skills needed and
neural system modelling and electronic systems their assessment.
for healthcare. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
The Communication Technologies research group assessment, 87 per cent of the Department’s research
applies its internationally recognised expertise in activity was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally
MIMO research, signal processing and coding, resource excellent’. The Department holds an Athena SWAN
assignment and access control to wireless systems. Bronze award for its commitment to supporting
Particular areas of interest include co-operative women in science and engineering.
communications, cognitive and green communications,

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OUR COURSES MSc Communications Engineering
The Department offers both taught and research-based Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
postgraduate degrees. The MSc in Communications Engineering focuses
The taught MSc is a one-year full-time degree. on modern digital communication systems, with an
Each course combines advanced taught modules with emphasis on mobile communications and the internet.
a substantial project, mostly undertaken by students It is taught by internationally leading experts from our
in groups, employing design, test and integration well-established Communication Technologies Research
procedures that adhere to industrial quality standards. Group. It provides students with an understanding of
All our taught Masters courses follow the principles modern communications systems, with an emphasis
of a carefully designed Professional Development on wireless communications. Students will obtain a
Framework, created in consultation with our sound theoretical and practical knowledge of radio
Departmental External Advisory Board and key communication techniques, signal processing, and
contributors from industry, research and academia. network protocols, and will be able to design and
The aim of the framework is to equip you to graduate optimise communication networks. Students will also
as a more effective, better prepared and well rounded be able to learn new techniques and technologies as
potential employee, ensuring that you will stand out they are developed and will gain experience of using
from the crowd. industry-standard tools, making them attractive
Research degrees are offered at MSc, MPhil and PhD candidates for employers throughout the field of
modern communications.
level in Electronic Engineering and Music Technology.
Studying for these degrees at York will allow you
MSc Digital Systems Engineering
to work with some of the leading researchers in
these areas. Information regarding current research Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
projects can be found on the following staff list and The MSc in Digital Systems Engineering provides
on the Department’s web pages: york.ac.uk/electronic- advanced knowledge and transferable skills in the
engineering/postgraduate/research_degrees. You should design, modelling, implementation and evaluation of
consult these before applying for a research degree. state-of-the-art digital systems, enabling graduates
to contribute effectively to the increasingly complex
Your background and rapidly evolving technologies that are prevalent
You will be expected to hold (or expect to gain) an in industry and research. The course aims to develop
honours degree at 2:1 (or equivalent) standard, in academic and professional excellence, both for newly
Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer qualified engineers and for practising engineers who
Science, Mathematics or a related subject. Visit our web wish to extend their professional expertise in digital
pages for individual course entry requirements. systems design using FPGAs as a hardware platform
and VHDL as a design language. Students will learn new
MSc Audio and Music Technology techniques to keep up to date with new developments in
Audio and Music Technology combines science, an industrial and/or research setting, and will have hands-
technology and creativity to develop innovative audio on experience of the different stages of the design of a
applications for music making, recording, analysis modern digital system, culminating in the construction of
and reproduction. Recent advances in digital audio a complex device in a group project.
technology have seen increased interest in surround
sound for home entertainment and virtual reality,
MSc Embedded Wireless Systems
voice recognition and synthesis applications, as well Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)
as environmental and architectural acoustics. Wireless communication and mobile computing are
The MSc in Audio and Music Technology is taught currently the largest growth sectors in electronics, and
by leading experts in audio research and incorporates are expected to continue growing, with applications
a wide range of teaching styles, including lectures, ranging from mobile phones and self-driving cars to
small group seminars, practical laboratory work and the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming pervasive in
fieldwork. The Department has excellent facilities to consumer electronics, society and industry. This MSc
support teaching and research, including a number of provides you with the tools and skills necessary to
become a leader in this expanding sector. It covers
fully equipped recording studios, a bespoke 50-channel
theoretical and practical electronic design, sensors,
loudspeaker array, a fully anechoic chamber and a newly
instrumentation systems, communications and
updated Apple iMac computer suite.

embedded computing from core principles to cutting- MSc (by research)
edge research.
The Department offers the MSc by research in Electronic
A major feature is the teaching of industry-standard Engineering and in Music Technology. These are
embedded systems using ARM processors, which are one-year programmes based on a research project
currently in over 90 per cent of all mobile phones. supervised by a member of academic staff from one
The MSc culminates in a major group project involving of the Department’s research groups. The award of the
the design and practical implementation of a wireless degree is made following submission and examination
sensor network to solve a real-world problem such as of a thesis.
distributed environmental monitoring. The project is
closely linked with research in the Department and MPhil and PhD
often involves collaboration with other departments The MPhil and PhD degree programmes enable in-depth
and industry. study of a chosen specialisation with leading researchers
from the Department of Electronic Engineering. These
MSc Engineering Management degrees are awarded in either Electronic Engineering or
Accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Music Technology following the successful submission
The MSc in Engineering Management enables of a thesis and subsequent oral examination. Students
ambitious technically qualified graduates to become regularly present their work at UK and overseas
more effective as managers within engineering firms, conferences and publish in international journals.
through the development of their innovation skills and Research degrees may also be taken part-time, over
their ability to assess the engineering and business extended registration periods.
implications of ideas and effectively convert them
into commercial successes.
The MSc is taught by internationally leading
experts and practising managers to ensure that
students master not only the theory of management
tools and techniques but also how they are applied
in real engineering situations. Graduates of this
course will have developed a thorough grounding I have amazing support from my
in aspects of management relevant to the technical supervisor. He helped me get
manager, creative and innovative thinking, and a deep
understanding of how to apply management thinking involved in an industrial project which
to technology issues.
is very rewarding. The Department
MSc Intelligent Robotics offers lots of opportunities to teach
Robotics and intelligent systems are an increasing
part of daily life and offer new opportunities such as
and demonstrate on undergraduate
driverless cars, domestic and healthcare assistance and modules, present work at conferences,
environmental applications. This MSc provides a strong
grounding in practical, hands-on techniques applied to
and organise events. Internal and
intelligent robotic systems, equipping you with the skills external speakers are invited to present
required to work in robotics research and development.
You will have access to a dedicated robotics laboratory their current research in weekly
providing support for the course. seminars, so we can broaden our
You will gain experience in:
▪▪ control systems engineering for autonomous research interests. The Department
and intelligent robotic systems of Electronic Engineering really is a
▪▪ e
 mbedded systems programming for the
development of intelligent robotic systems
fantastic place for me to prepare for
▪▪ multi-robot and swarm robotic systems my career in academia.”
▪▪ micro-robotic systems for biomedicine Jialu, PhD Electronic Engineering
▪▪ group project working

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electromagnetic codes, we aim to develop this into
a technique that has medical, biological and safety
applications and leads to a better understanding of
Communication Technologies: Virtual Acoustic the interactions between electromagnetic waves and
Simulation for Auralisation the body.
Auralisation is the audio equivalent of visualisation – the Engineering Management: Skills for
accurate rendering of an acoustic environment so that Projects and Internships
the listener perceives the result as being natural or real – Our research focuses on the skills needed to be effective
and is founded on the development of accurate sound in project work, internships and employability, and on
propagation algorithms. Although a number of methods ways to improve student preparation and support and
exist, none as yet provides a complete solution for the maximise the benefits gained from these experiences.
whole audio spectrum in real time, so this project will Based on quantitative research methods, the research
research new methods for simulating an acoustic field aims to build a better understanding of the hierarchical
for real-time, walk-through, auralisation. Recent research nature of generic skills, inform the optimisation of
has explored how enhanced spatial audio, virtual reality the education process, and develop the notion of
and interactive performance (singing into the virtual ‘graduateness’ of engineering students.
space) can improve our sense of immersion and the
Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience:
realism of the virtual environment we are placed within. Microelectronics Design
How might these algorithms be used in the prediction
Our research in microelectronics aims to develop
and design of acoustic environments, either inside
understanding of how stochastic variability will affect
(eg concert hall design) or outside (eg environmental
circuit design in deep sub-micron processes and to
noise assessment)?
propose novel design methodologies to overcome these
Communication Technologies: intrinsic variations. Our research involves the design and
Intelligent Green Communications fabrication of a novel reconfigurable variability tolerant
for Ultra-high Capacity Density Scenarios architecture, which allows variability aware design
The requirement to deliver ultra-high capacity density and rapid prototyping by exploiting the configuration
scenarios (>100 Gbps/km2) will become commonplace in options of the architecture. These are vital steps towards
large cities over the next decade. To achieve this, novel the next generation of FPGA architectures.
network architectures of small cells, often with wireless Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience:
backhaul to the core network, are being studied; they Bioelectronics
need to be both cost-effective and energy efficient. Our research is focused on the integration, detection
Researchers in this project are investigating a number and manipulation of biological materials, such as DNA,
of areas, including advanced MIMO physical layers, peptides and proteins, with nanoelectronic devices. Our
both co-operative techniques and network coding, goal is to develop bioelectronic devices that merge the
along with cognitive resource assignment using functions and properties of biological systems such as
reinforcement learning techniques, and intelligent chemical synthesis, mechanical motion and molecular
topology management to turn base stations on and off recognition with the world of electronics. This requires
depending on spatial and temporal traffic fluctuations, a highly multidisciplinary approach to research and we
in order to reduce energy consumption significantly. collaborate closely with scientists and engineers from
Communication Technologies: Electromagnetic within physics, chemistry, molecular biology and the
Dosimetry in a Reverberant Environment clinical sciences. Ultimately, our research will underpin
The aim is to assess how much power is absorbed the next generation of healthcare technologies.
in the human body from exposure to radiation from Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience:
mobile phones, hand-held radios and other microwave Spintronic Devices
sources. At York we have recently developed a new Our research in spintronics aims to develop new
approach to measuring the relevant parameter, the material and device concepts which will revolutionise
specific absorption rate (SAR). Our novel method the efficiency of next-generation memory operation.
is applicable to reverberant environments, such as This will reduce the power consumption of the memory
aircraft, trains and lifts (elevators), where owing to be implemented in next-generation logic circuits.
to highly reflective surfaces the waves can reach This involves atomically-controlled growth, nanoscale-
the body from all directions. Using state-of-the-art device fabrication and highly sensitive characterisation
microwave test equipment, together with computational of their atomic structures and transport properties.

Ultimately, our research will lead to the development AVAILABLE FUNDING
of energy-efficient nanoelectronic devices.
Funding opportunities are available for both taught
and research postgraduate degrees: visit york.ac.uk/
electronic-engineering/pg-funding for full details.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Senior Lecturers
Eugene Avrutin, PhD (Ioffe), MIET, MIEEE – Theory and
Professor and Head of Department numerical modelling and design of photonic devices and
Andy Tyrrell, PhD (Aston), CEng, FIET, Senior MIEEE – subsystems
Evolvable hardware; FPGA/reconfigurable systems;
David Chesmore, DPhil (York), CEnv, FIAgrE, FRES, FIOA –
artificial immune systems; microelectronics design
Computational bioacoustics; automated species identification;
instrumentation and precision agriculture
Alister Burr, PhD (Bristol), CEng, MIET, MIEEE – Wireless John Dawson, DPhil (York), CEng, MIET, MIEEE –
communications; turbo codes; MIMO; wireless network coding Electromagnetic compatibility; shielding; reverberation
new waveforms chambers; computational modelling; circuit effects; antennas

Jeremy Everard, PhD (Cambridge), CEng, MIET, MIEEE – RF/ Steven Johnson, DPhil (York) – Molecular and biomolecular
microwaves; compact atomic clocks; low phase noise oscillators; electronics; nanoelectronic devices; nanofabrication
ultra-fast opto‑electronics Gavin Kearney, PhD (Trinity College Dublin), FHEA, MAES –
David Grace, DPhil (York), MIET, Senior MIEEE – Cognitive Spatial audio; music technology; interactive audio systems;
radio; radio resource management; communications from audio for virtual reality
high‑altitude platforms Paul Mitchell, PhD (York), MIET, Senior MIEEE, FHEA – Wireless
Atsufumi Hirohata, PhD (Cambridge), Senior MIEEE – communications; resource management; terrestrial radio
Spintronics; nanoscale and quantum magnetism; systems; underwater acoustic networks
nanoelectronics Andy Pomfret, PhD (York) – Control system design; distributed
Damian Murphy, DPhil (York), FHEA – Virtual acoustic artificial intelligence; digital engineering for control
modelling; auralisation; spatial audio; music technology Stuart Porter, DPhil (York), AMIET, MIEEE – Computational
John Robinson, PhD (Essex), FIET, Senior MIEEE – Image and electromagnetics; antenna design; RF MEMS
video processing; pattern analysis bioelectromagnetics

Stephen Smith, PhD (Kent), CEng, FBCS, MIEEE – Evolutionary Martin Robinson, PhD (Bristol), MIPEM, MInstP – Medical
computation; medical applications; rich media technologies applications of electromagnetic waves; dielectrics; interference;
Jon Timmis, PhD (Wales), PGCHE, Senior MIEEE – Artificial
immune systems; computational immunology; swarm robotics; Martin Trefzer, PhD (Heidelberg), Senior MIEEE – Bio‑inspired
self-healing systems hardware; fault tolerance; nanodevices; autonomous
adaptive systems
Tony Ward, MBA (Open), CEng, MIET, MIEEE – Engineering
education; virtual learning; workforce planning; Lecturers
education and enterprise
Kanapathippillai Cumanan, PhD (Loughborough), MIEE, MIET –
Yongbing Xu, PhD (Leeds), MIET, MIoNanotech – 5G networks, Internet of Things (IoT); physical layer security;
Nanotechnology; spintronics; magnetic nanomaterials; cognitive radio networks; non-orthogonal multiple access; MIMO
nanodevice and nanofabrication
Helena Daffern, PhD (York) – Singing science and pedagogy;
voice and musical performance analysis and perception
David Halliday, PhD (Glasgow) – Computational neuroscience; Research Fellows
spiking neural networks; neural signal processing
Simon Bale, PhD (York), MIEEE – Microelectronics design;
Adar Pelah, ScMEE, PhD (Cambridge) – Biomedical engineering; bio-inspired hardware; RF/microwaves; low phase noise
virtual environments; human vision and locomotion; 3D displays oscillators
Gianluca Tempesti, MSE, PhD (EPFL), MIEEE – Bio-inspired
hardware; fault tolerance; adaptive and reconfigurable systems;
many‑core systems
Yuriy Zakharov, PhD (Moscow), Senior MIEEE –
Signal processing for communications and acoustics

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Studying English at York will enable you to develop your literary knowledge and critical and
creative skills at a world-leading centre for literary study. We are a world top 30 English
department (QS World Rankings 2018), with the highest proportion of world-leading 4* research
in the UK (REF 2014). Our postgraduate English community is one of the UK’s largest. Many
alumni pursue careers in journalism, law, theatre and film, publishing and academia.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Poetry and Poetics FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Modern and Contemporary

MA Film and Literature FT 1yr, PT 2yr Literature and Culture FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA English Literary Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Medieval Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Global Literature and Culture FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Renaissance and Early Modern Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Medieval Literatures and Languages FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Eighteenth Century Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Renaissance Literature, 1500–1700 FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Culture and Thought after 1945 FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Literature of the Romantic Period, MA Medical History and Humanities FT 1yr, PT 2yr
1775–1832 FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA English (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Victorian Literature and Culture FT 1yr, PT 2yr MPhil FT 2yr, PT 4yr
PhD FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Sarah Pickwell IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in Listening and Speaking,
Graduate Administrator 6.5 in Reading and 7.0 in Writing, or equivalent
york.ac.uk/english Pre‑sessional courses in English Language skills
+44 (0)1904 323369 may be recommended or required. See york.ac.uk/
english-enquiries@york.ac.uk english/postgraduate/apply
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of English and Related Our wide-ranging interests cover the literature
Literature is one of the most outstanding in and culture of all periods, both in English and in other
Britain for research and teaching. Our high languages (including Anglo-Saxon, Classical and Modern
ranking in international league tables confirms Greek, French, Italian, Latin, Old Norse and Spanish).
We offer taught Masters degree courses within and
our position at the forefront of literary research,
across all periods, from medieval to contemporary
but the Department is also distinctive for its
literature, and we specialise in small group teaching and
warm and welcoming character, and for its individually supervised dissertations. Masters students
global outlook, with our staff and students have their own personal supervisor in addition to
hailing from all over the world. specialised tutors, while research students’ progress
Research is central to our teaching, and our staff is assisted by a Thesis Advisory Panel.
find it an enormous privilege to share their thoughts Postgraduate research is organised into four major
and findings with our students, and especially to see areas, each represented by a research school – the
students’ research flourish in tandem with their own. As Medieval, the Renaissance, the Eighteenth Century
a postgraduate student in the Department, you will have and Romantic, and the Modern.
access to outstanding research resources, including the A number of prominent journals and book series are
Humanities Research Centre and several interdisciplinary edited from the Department, including Studies in the
research centres. Early Middle Ages, Shakespeare Quarterly and the Journal
of Victorian Culture.


OUR COURSES This MA would suit those who enjoy studying film
and literature, separately and/or in combination, and
Our taught Masters degree courses can be taken either
who wish to go on to doctoral study or to work in
full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years).
teaching, publishing and journalism, arts and festival
All students write four assessed essays, each of up to 4,500
management, or the creative and cultural industries.
words, during the period of their course, followed by a
dissertation of 14,000–16,000 words. The dissertation,
MA English Literary Studies
which is supervised by regular consultations with a
member of staff, is submitted in September. Students are Our MA in English Literary Studies is the most flexible
also expected to give regular seminar presentations and of all our MAs, and the only one that allows you to
attend Department day conferences. Our graduate training select modules from across the whole range offered
programme for most MAs, entitled Postgraduate Life in by the Department. There are no compulsory modules
Practice, provides a high-level introduction to research on this MA: you simply choose the two which interest
methods and resources, and is designed to prepare you most of those available in each of the Autumn and
students for a range of avenues beyond the Masters Spring Terms. It thus provides exceptional opportunities
programmes, including doctoral work. if you want to work across different literary periods and
genres, for example following modules on poetry or
MA Poetry and Poetics drama from the medieval to the modern, or modules on
This MA offers an exciting opportunity for specialised gender or space from the Renaissance through to the
study of poetry across history and within specific historical postmodern. Or you could choose some of our modules
periods. The core module opens with a seminar on on film or postcolonial studies, or, in some cases, select
historical poetics in a contemporary context, and then a module from another department – such as History,
offers an introduction to key poems and accounts of Women’s Studies, History of Art or Philosophy – and
poetry by poets from the classical period to the present, enrich your options even further. Occasionally, we may
with seminars devoted to Medieval, Renaissance, have to restrict access to some of the core modules if
Romantic, Modernist and Contemporary Lyric poetry. numbers are high, but the aim of this MA is freedom
In addition, students choose three from the wide array of choice, diversity of modules and interdisciplinary
of option modules on offer, enabling you to construct breadth. It is ideally suited to those with wide
a distinct, individually tailored programme of study of intellectual appetites!
poetry throughout the year. You also have the opportunity
to take a module on poetry writing, the assessment for
which involves submitting your own poetry. I chose York because I was so
The MA represents an equally suitable foundation
for students who wish to pursue doctoral research in impressed by the welcoming and
poetry or related areas, as well as those who want to be
poets or teachers of poetry. It also offers a springboard
innovative research community here.
for those aspiring to careers in related areas such as The Humanities Research Centre, a light,
teaching, publishing and journalism, as well as those with
enthusiasm for poetry but no clear career direction as yet.
modern work space, encourages a
thriving intellectual exchange between
MA Film and Literature
The MA in Film and Literature examines the relationship staff and postgraduates. Chance
between the written word and film as it has manifested conversations are constantly providing
itself in processes of adaptation, transmediation and
appropriation; as an interdisciplinary course, it provides me with new avenues for reading
the opportunity to combine work in both fields of study. and research. The Department and
Modules on offer currently include the study of British
cinema; American film (film noir and the Western); interdisciplinary centres also support
film, literature and critical theory in the Cold War;
contemporary political cinema; avant-garde theatre; and
and organise an incredible array of
a full range of options drawn from the Department’s guest lectures, events and forums.”
innovative MA programme. Students are free to
determine the particular film/literature balance of the Sarah, PhD English
degree according to their interests.

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MA Global Literature and Culture to present your research in a series of workshops. You
will be offered the opportunity to study palaeography,
This MA offers unusually wide-ranging exploration of
techniques for working with early printed books,
the literary and cultural responses to colonial conquest,
research methods, Latin and modern languages.
anticolonial resistance, postcolonial struggles, and
globalisation. You will have the opportunity to study
MA Literature of the Romantic Period,
these interconnected histories from the beginnings of
European imperialism to the present day and to choose
from modules offered in the Departments of English, This exciting and popular course is designed for students
History, Politics and History of Art and in the Centre for with interests in the Romantic period and in late 18th-
Eighteenth Century Studies. Diverse modules explore century literature. It provides an excellent foundation
for PhD work; former students have also progressed
the complexities of imperial rule and globalisation,
to successful careers in professions such as publishing,
encouraging a comparative approach to African, Asian,
research and education. You will follow an innovative
Irish, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Pacific responses
core programme which explores the critical history
to colonisation and its residues.
of Romanticism as a literary and cultural movement
and introduces you to a variety of critical approaches
MA Medieval Literatures and Languages
for studying this period at postgraduate level. You
The MA in Medieval Literatures and Languages offers will also study three optional modules. These may be
an intensive and exciting opportunity to study the chosen from those offered within the Department
literary culture of medieval England (c700–c1500) in of English and Related Literature and from among
its European and multilingual contexts. You can choose the many interdisciplinary options available at the
from an exceptionally wide array of option modules world-leading Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies,
across the languages, literatures and chronological at the historic King’s Manor in the centre of York.
periods of the Middle Ages, including Old and Middle
English, Old Norse, medieval Italian, French and Latin, MA Victorian Literature and Culture
enabling you to construct a distinct, individually
Victorian literature and culture has been a particularly
tailored programme of study throughout the year.
dynamic field over recent years and this Masters
These modules are supported by specialist skills
degree reflects this in both its structure and its range
training in medieval languages and/or palaeography. of modules. It explores the engagement of 19th-century
Option modules are each assessed by a research essay, literature with a wide range of political, social and
and your developing skills as a researcher are then aesthetic issues, its variety of styles and genres, and
brought to bear on a substantial dissertation on a topic both contemporary and modern critical perspectives.
of your own choosing. In all these tasks you are taught The core programme surveys the major literary and
and supervised by world-leading scholars, working in cultural developments in the period and the central
one of the largest research centres in medieval literature preoccupations of Victorian writing, as formulated by
in the UK. contemporaries and by recent critics and theorists.
It introduces key thematic areas and problems in the
MA Renaissance Literature, 1500–1700 interpretation of 19th-century writing across a broad
This stimulating MA engages in novel ways with the range of genres. The option modules allow for more
diverse and exciting literature of the Renaissance. specialised study of particular authors and genres,
You will get to grips with early printed books and and of their historical, social and political contexts.
manuscripts in the York Minster Library and University A distinctive feature of this MA is the flexibility it gives
Special Collections, and grapple with unfamiliar texts you to specialise strongly in the Victorian period or
and challenging ideas across a range of modules taught to explore a range of research interests across the
by leading scholars. Our core programme provides the long 19th century, including modules on the 18th
practical skills and the intellectual and methodological and 20th centuries and interdisciplinary options
tools to equip you for dissertation study. Research-led from departments such as History and History of Art.
option modules reflect staff interests in areas ranging
from dramatic performance to materiality, editing to MA Modern and Contemporary
feminist theory, religion and science to space and travel. Literature and Culture
You will be encouraged to attend the regular This MA offers an intensive and exciting survey of the
workshops, conferences and seminars organised by the literary culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. The
Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and core module, Reading Modernity, introduces you to


key authors, texts, ideas and critical methods from MA/MPhil/PhD research degrees
the period, while the wide array of option modules –
Applications will be considered from candidates
which can range from Henry James to the 21st-
proposing a thesis in any field of literature. When
century novel and from modern theatre to narrative
applying, you are asked to make your proposal as
theory – enable you to construct a distinct, individually
specific as possible, and to send in a piece of written
tailored programme of study throughout the year.
work relevant to the proposed field of study. It is
The MA represents an equally suitable foundation
possible to take research degrees on a part-time basis.
for students who wish to pursue doctoral research in
modern literature, those aspiring to careers in related Your background
areas such as teaching, publishing and journalism, Applicants for MA degree courses would normally be
and those with enthusiasm for English literature but expected to have a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent
no clear career direction as yet. Throughout the year in an appropriate subject. For doctoral research,
the MA programme is supported by a rich schedule of we would generally expect you to have an MA in
seminars, conferences and reading groups in modern a relevant subject.
literature and culture, and as a postgraduate student
you will play an important role in the wider research AVAILABLE FUNDING
culture of the Department of English and the Centre The AHRC is the main source of funding for EU and
for Modern Studies. UK students. Other awards may be available: visit
MA Medieval Studies
See the entry for the Centre for Medieval Studies VISITING STUDENTS
on page 155. We welcome applications from postgraduate students,
registered at universities abroad, who may wish to
MA Renaissance and Early Modern Studies spend from one to three terms in the Department as
See the entry for the Centre for Renaissance visiting students. Please contact us if you are interested.
and Early Modern Studies on page 186.
MA Eighteenth Century Studies The Raymond Burton Library for Humanities Research
See the entry for the Centre for provides a dedicated building for humanities research
Eighteenth Century Studies on page 86. adjoining the main University Library. The resources
available include Early English Books Online and the
MA Culture and Thought after 1945 18th-century microfilm collection. The University has
See the entry for the Centre for Modern Studies on also invested heavily in resources for the medieval and
page 159. modern periods. The adjoining Borthwick Institute
for Archives is one of the major archive repositories
MA Medical History and Humanities in Britain, while the Samuel Storey Trust funds a
substantial, rapidly developing collection of playwrights’
See the entry for the Department of History on page 112.
manuscripts and other printed material. York Minster
Library, King’s Manor Library and the nearby British
Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa offer
valuable additional resources for York students.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. John Bowen, PhD (Birmingham) – 19th-century fiction,
particularly Dickens, Collins, Brontës, Trollope; literary theory
Professor and Head of Department
Judith Buchanan, DPhil (Oxford) – Cinematic literary adaptation;
Helen Smith, PhD (York) – Renaissance literature; cinematic authorship; self-reflexive cinema; cinematic genres
feminism; book history
Matthew Campbell, PhD (Cambridge) – Irish literature; Victorian
Professors literature; British and Irish poetry from 1789 to the present
David Attwell, PhD (Texas) – African literatures; JM Coetzee; Brian Cummings, PhD (Cambridge) – Shakespeare; literature
postcolonial studies 1500–1700, Renaissance philosophy; European humanism

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Hugh Haughton, MA (Oxford) – T S Eliot; modernism; Emma Major, PhD (York) – Religion, gender and national
modern poetry; Irish writing; war; nonsense identity, c1740–1860
Kevin Killeen, PhD (London) – Early modern cultural, Stephen Minta, DPhil (Sussex) – Byron; comparative literature
religious and intellectual history (French, Spanish, Greek); literature and politics
Jon Mee, PhD (Cambridge) – Long 18th-century print culture; Emilie Morin, PhD (Queen’s Belfast) – British and Irish drama,
sociability; 1790s; popular radicalism; Blake 1880 to the present; European modernism
Lawrence Rainey, PhD (Chicago) – Modernism Alison O’Byrne, PhD (York) – Representations of the city in
Gillian Russell, PhD (Cambridge) – Eighteenth-century theatre; the ‘long’ 18th century
war and culture; sociability; ephemera studies Richard Rowland, DPhil (Oxford) – Ancient and Renaissance
Elizabeth Tyler, DPhil (Oxford) – Anglo-Saxon and early drama, and modern reinventions of both
Anglo-Norman literature Erica Sheen, AGSM, PhD (London) – Shakespeare; film history
Geoffrey Wall, BPhil (Oxford) – Biography; translation; and theory; the cultural politics of cinema
travel writing; social history of medicine, especially French Freya Sierhuis, PhD (EUI) – English and Dutch Renaissance
literature; history of the emotions; Fulke Greville; Vondel
Professors Emeritus James Watt, PhD (Cambridge) – Empire and identity, 1750–1840;
Derek Attridge, PhD (Cambridge) – Literary theory; British Orientalisms; Gothic
poetic form; Irish and South African fiction
Claire Westall, PhD (Warwick) – Postcolonial literature and
John Barrell, PhD (Essex) – English literature, art and history theory; Caribbean literature; Englishness and national identity
of the 18th and early 19th centuries
Chloe Wigston Smith, PhD (Virginia) – Long 18th century;
S A J Bradley, MA (Oxford), FSA – Impact of Anglo-Saxon culture material culture; women’s writing; transatlantic novels
upon the life work of Dane N F S Grundtvig (1783–1872)
Harriet Guest, PhD (Cambridge) – 18th-century and Romantic Lecturers
literature; women’s writing; exploration voyages, especially Cook Nicoletta Asciuto, PhD (Durham) – Modernism; history of
Nicholas Havely, BPhil (Oxford) – Chaucer; Dante; technology; comparative literature; translation; film
reception of Dante up to the present Jonathan Brockbank, MPhil (Cambridge) – 19th-century
A David Moody, MA (New Zealand and Oxford), FEA – literature; social realism; science fiction; traditional music
T S Eliot; Ezra Pound; 20th-century American poetry Alice Hall, PhD (Cambridge) – Literature and disability;
Graham Parry, PhD (Columbia), FSA – 17th-century poetry, contemporary literature; ageing; short fiction; global literature
prose, politics, religion and art Holly James-Maddocks, PhD (York) – Late medieval English
Felicity Riddy, BPhil (Oxford), FRSE – Late medieval narrative; palaeography and codicology; book history; Chaucer
Older Scots; urban culture and private life Alexandra Kingston-Reese, PhD (Sydney) – Contemporary
John Roe, PhD (Harvard) – Petrarch; Machiavelli; fiction; women’s writing; visual culture; affect
Shakespeare; English and Italian literature Michael McCluskey, PhD (UCL) – British and American
Nicole Ward-Jouve, Lic ès-L, Dip et Sup – Psycho-genealogy modernism; film history; documentary; cultural geography
and family history; eco-construction and self-construction Bryan Radley, PhD (York) – 20th-century fiction; comedy;
interwar writing; Irish literature; John Banville
Readers Jane Raisch, PhD (UC Berkeley) – Early modern literature and
Trev Broughton, DPhil (York) – Life-writing and letters; intellectual history; classical reception (Greek); material culture
19th-century prose; gender
Hannah Roche, PhD (Leeds) – Queer literature and cultural
Matthew Townend, DPhil (Oxford) – Old English and Old Norse; history; transatlantic modernism
philology; Victorian medievalism
J T Welsch, PhD (Manchester) – Creative industries and
Richard Walsh, PhD (Cambridge) - Narrative theory and fiction; contemporary poetry culture; modernism; creative writing
narrative across media; narrative and cognition
James Williams, PhD (Cambridge) – 19th- and 20th-century
Senior Lecturers writing, especially poetry
Michele Campopiano, PhD (Pisa) – Medieval Latin literature; George Younge, PhD (Cambridge) – Old and early Middle
philology; historiography; classical literature English literature
Claire Chambers, PhD (Leeds) – British and South Asian
literature; religion; Muslims; migration
Kenneth Clarke, DPhil (Oxford) – Medieval Italian literature;
Dante; Boccaccio; Chaucer; manuscripts; word and image
Victoria Coulson, PhD (Cambridge) – 19th-century narrative
representation and material cultures; Henry James
Mary Fairclough, PhD (York) – 18th-century and Romantic
literature and science, politics, print culture
Adam Kelly, PhD (University College Dublin) – American
literature; contemporary fiction; critical theory; history of ideas
Nicola McDonald, DPhil (Oxford) – Medieval romance;
practice of fiction; women’s social games; Chaucer; Gower


Develop the skills you need to tackle environmental issues at local, regional and global levels.
Our unique interdisciplinary ethos, coupled with our reputation for excellence and innovation,
puts us at the forefront of environmental research and will prepare you for a wide range of
careers in the environmental sector.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Corporate Sustainability and MPhil Environmental Science FT 2yr

Environmental Management FT 1yr PhD Environmental Science FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MSc Environmental Economics MPhil Environmental Geography FT 2yr, PT 4yr
and Environmental Management FT 1yr
PhD Environmental Geography FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MSc Environmental 
Science and Management FT 1yr PhD Environment and Politics FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MSc Marine Environmental Management FT 1yr MPhil Human Geography
and Environment FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MSc Environment (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
PhD Human Geography
MPhil Environmental Economics and and Environment FT 3yr, PT 6yr
Environmental Management FT 2yr
MA Social Research: see page 194
PhD Environmental Economics and
Environmental Management FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Maroula Hill IELTS 6.5 (6.0 for research programmes) with no
Postgraduate Administrator less than 6.0 (5.5 for research) in each component,
york.ac.uk/environment/postgraduate or equivalent; additionally, 6.5 in Writing for MSc
+44 (0)1904 322999 Marine Environmental Management and MSc Corporate
environment@york.ac.uk Sustainability and Environmental Management
IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component
for PhD Environment and Politics
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

Environment’s graduate school is cosmopolitan Our teaching and research portfolios span the natural,
and international. Our exciting interdisciplinary social and economic sciences in a fully integrated
research and teaching community focuses on and holistic way. We have international expertise in
global environmental issues and is located in environmental science, physical and human geography,
environmental law and policy, and environmental and
a purpose-built £12.5m building.
natural resource economics. We host the internationally
We pride ourselves on our dynamic and friendly
renowned Stockholm Environmental Institute.
engagement with our postgraduate students, who are
Postgraduate teaching is informed by our research,
drawn from all around the world and come to York to
which includes work in areas as diverse as coral reefs,
develop the skills and frameworks needed by successful
tropical rainforests, atmospheric science, pollution,
environmental managers and scientists.
biodiversity conservation and wildlife management.
The Department was established in recognition of
Our teaching and curricula are consistently rated
the need for environmental policymakers, scientists
extremely highly by students and external advisory
and managers to be equipped to take on the
boards. You will find staff highly knowledgeable and
pressing environmental challenges facing the world.
approachable and enjoy the intellectual challenge of our
This interdisciplinary ethos is unique among UK university
research-led teaching.
departments and we have a reputation for excellence and
innovation at the forefront of environmental research.

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OUR COURSES advisers to CEOs and policymakers, providing the
practical skills needed to develop realistic solutions
Our taught Masters courses are designed to provide
that enable a healthier environment. It is suitable
vocational training for jobs in environmental research,
for students and professionals with a business or
consultancy, academia or business, and in governmental
environmental background who wish to pursue a
and non-governmental organisations. They also
career in sustainability management in the private and/
provide a solid foundation for studying for a PhD. The
or public sectors.
Department incorporates the Stockholm Environment
Institute at York and has close links with industry,
MSc Environmental Economics
providing placement opportunities as part of our
and Environmental Management
dissertation projects and forging links with potential
future employers. The MSc in Environmental Economics and
You will be responsible for the living and travel costs Environmental Management is for those of you who
associated with your placement, but your research want to understand the links between the ecology
costs will be covered by the placement provider. For of the planet and the impacts of the exploitation of
its natural resources. It is an interdisciplinary degree
compulsory field trips, transport costs are covered by the
which covers the functioning and monitoring of
Department. In addition, the Department covers the cost
ecological systems, the utilisation and management
of food and accommodation for compulsory residential
of finite resources and the political and economic
field trips. Optional field trips are not paid for, and you
structures which affect environmental decision
will be asked to contribute to the cost of these.
making. Using a wide range of Masters-level courses
Your background within the Environment Department, it will train you
You will be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree, or to understand how we manage the environment and
equivalent, in a subject relevant to your chosen degree. natural resources, as well as why we manage them
We will also consider you if you have a 2:2 honours in the way we do. Lecture series, practicals and field
degree if you have additional relevant experience. trips offer a wide range of teaching experiences,
If you are applying for Environmental Economics and guest lecturers from a variety of external
and Environmental Management, basic skills in environmental organisations provide an applied view
mathematics and statistics are essential. If you do not on the current state of environmental management.
have a background in economics you may be asked
to attend the Summer Session in the Department of MSc Environmental Science
Economics and Related Studies described on page 79. and Management
For Environmental Science and Management, you will This course provides a firm grounding in the
normally have studied a science or engineering subject; fundamental principles of environmental science
if you have limited knowledge of environmental science that underpin environmental management. It is
and chemistry, we recommend some pre-course study. particularly suited to those who plan a career in the
For Marine Environmental Management, you should environmental consultancy and business sectors, in
ideally have studied some elements of ecology and/or government and non-governmental organisations and
environmental management. in environmental research, either in the UK or overseas.
A choice of option modules allows you to structure
MSc Corporate Sustainability and your degree according to your own specific interests
Environmental Management in environmental science, ecology and conservation,
Corporate sustainability and environmental and environmental policy and economics. Through
management are key issues for many businesses and its emphasis on research, environmental assessment
organisations, both in the UK and overseas. There is methods and the application of critical thinking to
a growing need for skilled professionals to be able to specific case studies, this course equips you with the
resolve operational and competitive challenges, using skills to tackle the complex problems that characterise
socially and environmentally friendly technologies. environmental management. Great emphasis is
The context for this Masters degree is international, placed on problem solving, particularly on issues
reflecting the increasing trend towards globalisation currently being investigated by research staff within
of businesses and the transnational nature of many the Environment Department and the Stockholm
environmental problems. This interdisciplinary course Environmental Institute at York.
is delivered jointly with the York Management School
and aims to train future managers, as well as strategic

MSc in Marine Environmental MPhil/PhD in Human Geography and Environment
Management (which focuses on how humans interact with
environment across places and spaces).
This course equips you for a career in marine
Those who have been awarded an ESRC-funded PhD
conservation/resource management: future employers
studentship through our White Rose Social Sciences DTP
might include a non-governmental conservation
can register for one of the above PhD programmes.
organisation, an environmental consultancy or a
If your research interests include a significant
governmental agency in conservation, fisheries or the
element of political sciences, we offer the joint degree
environment. The course also provides a firm foundation
PhD in Environment and Politics. Details of this
from which to pursue a PhD.
programme are given on page 179.
At its core, it emphasises the importance of
PhD students are supervised either solely or jointly
understanding marine ecosystem structure, function
by Environment staff. Joint supervision may also include
and processes and how these are influenced by human
staff from other departments or research institutes,
activities, global change and socio-economic factors. government departments, the private sector or industry.
You will gain practical skills in statistics, spatial analysis For more information about research degrees at York,
and fieldwork. You also carry out two dissertation see page 32.
projects, the first within the University of York and the We have a highly cosmopolitan cohort of 60–80
second at an external institution which might be an PhD students working in a wide variety of fields and
NGO, government agency, research institute or another countries. Visit our web pages to see the profiles of our
university. Finally, there is an optional overseas diving current PhD students and read about their work.
field trip; past locations for this have included Egypt and
the Maldives.
Your background
Applicants to the MPhil/PhD programmes should
MSc Environment (by research) normally have at least a 2:1 degree in a relevant
discipline. Preference may be given to those with a
This degree (one year full-time; two years part-time)
Masters degree, but this is not an essential requirement.
involves carrying out independent research and writing
a Masters thesis under the supervision of a current
member of academic staff on a topic to be agreed
with them.
The course normally starts in late September to
take in the Research Skills and Statistical Methods
module (compulsory) as well as any other Masters-level
modules prescribed by your supervisor. The thesis should
demonstrate a good understanding of an environmental
science and/or environmental management topic I chose to do this MSc straight
currently considered to be at the forefront of the
academic discipline. You should be able to provide after my BSc as I wanted to learn
critical evaluation of the material under study as well
as carrying out the practical research required. For more
more about our oceans and how
information about research degrees at York, see page 32. we can conserve marine life. The
MPhil/PhD research degrees supervisors are extremely supportive
We offer MPhil and PhD research opportunities and it was amazing to meet
which reflect the wide range of research interests
of our Environment Department staff. The research
like‑minded students on the course.
degrees offered are the MPhil/PhD in Environmental This MSc has opened doors for me
Economics and Environmental Management (suitable
for those wishing to carry out interdisciplinary research
and I look forward to pursuing a
bridging the natural and social sciences); MPhil/PhD career in marine conservation.”
in Environmental Science (for those whose research
interests are primarily science-based); the MPhil/PhD Kayleigh, MSc Marine Environmental
in Environmental Georgraphy (for research specialising Management
in earth systems and environmental change) and the

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Prospective PhD students from the UK or EU can apply
for support from a variety of schemes. Highly qualified
overseas applicants can compete for the University’s
Overseas Research Students (ORS) Awards Scheme.
The University and the Department also offer specific
PhD scholarships funded through external partners.
For more information on funding visit york.ac.uk/

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Karen Parkhill, PhD (Cardiff) – Energy geographies;
geographies of risk
Professor and Head of Department David Rippin, PhD (Cambridge) – Dynamics of glaciers
Mark Hodson, PhD (Edinburgh) – Biogeochemistry of soils and ice sheets
and contaminated environments
Katherine Selby, PhD (Coventry) – Sea-level change;
coastal geomorphology; palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
Alistair Boxall, PhD (Sheffield) – Exposure and risk assessment; Samarthia Thankappan, PhD (Aberystwyth) – Globalisation
fate and effects of pharmaceuticals and biocides and development; sustainable food chains

Colin Brown, PhD (Newcastle) – Organic chemicals; soil solute Karen Thorpe, PhD (Brunel) – Aquatic ecotoxicology;
transport; agrichemicals; mathematical modelling endocrine disruption

Lisa Emberson, PhD (Imperial College London) – Ozone impacts; Julia Touza Montero, PhD (York) – Ecological and
air pollution environmental economics; biodiversity conservation

Roland Gehrels, PhD (Maine) – Sea-level change; Quaternary Lecturers

environments; coastal environments
Bryce Beukers-Stewart, PhD (James Cook) – Fisheries ecology;
Robert Marchant, PhD (Hull) – Vegetation dynamics and marine conservation
ecosystem change; biogeography
Katherine Brookfield, PhD (Southampton) – Environmental
Callum Roberts, PhD (York) – Marine reserves; fisheries; justice; the built environment; mobility; ageing
marine conservation biology; biodiversity
Matthew Cotton, PhD (UEA) – Environmental justice;
Piran White, PhD (Bristol) – Wildlife management; geographies of risk
ecosystem services; environmental inequalities
Fiona Dickson (Solicitor) – Corporate sustainability; law and
Nicola Carslaw, PhD (UEA) – Atmospheric chemistry; indoor Richard Friend, PhD (Bath) – International development;
air pollution social and environmental change
Jon Hill, PhD (Edinburgh) – Ocean and sedimentological
Senior Lecturers modelling; tsunami and landslide risk; palaeo-oceanography
Kathryn Arnold, PhD (Queensland) – Avian ecology; Joshua Kirshner, PhD (Cornell) – Development geography;
wildlife ecotoxicology; animal behaviour international development planning
Roman Ashauer, PhD (York) – Aquatic ecotoxicology; Richard Payne, PhD (Queen Mary) – Palaeoecology;
environmental pollution climate change and pollution; peatlands
Julie Hawkins, PhD (York) – Marine reserves; Marco Sakai, PhD (Leeds) – Ecological economics; links between
marine conservation climate, resource consumption, the economy and development
Claire Hughes, PhD (UEA) – Marine biogeochemistry; Sylvia Toet, PhD (Utrecht) – Systems ecology;
trace gas emissions carbon, nutrient and pollutant cycling in ecosystems
Jasper Kenter, PhD (Aberdeen), Ecological economics Dean Waters, PhD (Bristol) – Zoology; bat biology;
Colin McClean, PhD (Durham) – Geographical conservation; bioacoustics
information systems
Andy Marshall, PhD (York) – Wildlife conservation;
vertebrate ecology

York is at the forefront of health economics research, teaching and policy analysis. Graduates
from the MSc courses work in government departments, research units, national health services,
healthcare organisations and the pharmaceutical industry. PhD graduates have secured
employment in academic posts in the UK and beyond. Our PhD students are integrated into a
research team and participate fully in the intellectual life of the Centre.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

PGCert Health Economics for Health Care Professionals (by distance learning) PT 1–2yr
PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals (by distance learning) PT 1–2yr
MSc Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) (by distance learning) PT 1–2yr

MSc Health Economics FT 1yr

PhD FT 3yr


Kerry Atkinson, Administrator IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component,
york.ac.uk/che/postgraduate or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 321401 For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Centre for Health Economics (CHE) is ▪▪ p

 roductivity: we undertake methodological and
one of the world’s leading health economics applied research on the measurement of productivity
research centres. You will join a dynamic group of the health system, regions and hospitals
of researchers who place high value on research ▪▪ h
 ealthcare finance: we develop methods for the
excellence with a strong and enduring policy allocation of healthcare funds
impact both nationally and internationally. ▪▪ p
 opulation health: we evaluate public health
Established in 1983, CHE undertakes high quality interventions and measure health outcomes,
research on economic aspects of healthcare and with a particular focus on health inequalities
determinants of health capable of application across
▪▪ h
 ealth econometrics: we apply advanced
a range of social, institutional and healthcare settings.
econometric techniques to problems of health
The Centre is at the forefront of applied research,
and healthcare.
teaching and policy applications of health economics,
with a national and international reputation. CHE has a team of over 60 economists who are in
Our research combines methodological advances constant demand at conferences around the world and
to practical applicability across settings including who regularly advise governments and policymakers
low and middle income countries. Areas where CHE in the UK and internationally. In the most recent
excels include: Research Excellence Framework assessment, 83 per cent
▪▪ economic evaluation in health: our work assessing of our submission was designated ‘world-leading’ or
benefits and costs has been influential in changing ‘internationally excellent’. We ranked equal seventh for
the landscape of healthcare research and policy research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary
Care, including equal seventh for research impact and
▪▪ p
 erformance assessment: we spearhead efforts
equal first for research environment (Times Higher
to measure and compare the performance of
Education’s assessment of REF 2014).
health institutions

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OUR COURSES students to understand the workplace situations they
encounter from an economic perspective and apply
Health economics is a major branch of economics that
basic economic concepts in their work.
has enabled researchers to influence the way we think
The Postgraduate Diploma covers the same areas
about the determinants of health and wellbeing, and
as the Postgraduate Certificate and develops deeper
how we approach the organisation and delivery of
knowledge in specific areas.
healthcare. It is, however, not just another academic
The MSc provides training in the theoretical and
discipline – it represents an extension of the intellectual
practical issues of relevance in economic evaluation
toolkit. It is designed for those concerned with the
for HTA. Building on earlier modules, the MSc modules
delivery, management and planning of the health
bring the student up to date on recent developments
system, including clinicians, hospital managers and
in research methods. Students are provided with the
policy analysts. In short, health economics shapes the
skills necessary to contribute to pharmacoeconomics
way we think about health and healthcare, how we
and outcomes research to a level consistent with
make difficult decisions about priorities and how we peer‑reviewed journal publication.
promote longer and healthier lives. The courses are based around learning modules.
Postgraduate training in health economics has Each Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma
been a strong feature at York and we offer four taught module has been designed around a workbook written by
courses. The MSc in Health Economics, based in health economists in York and is supplemented by online
the Department of Economics and Related Studies, learning support for distance learners. Each MSc module
offers high-level courses and access to a network of is delivered using narrative slides which are available
economists and healthcare professionals. The objective online and in the accompanying workbook. Modules are
is to produce well-trained economists with the ability assessed at the end of the 12-week study period.
to apply their skills to important issues in the field of The Postgraduate Certificate currently comprises:
health economics. The three distance learning courses ▪▪ Module 1: Basic Economic Concepts
offer a more flexible way to study, designed for those
▪▪ Module 2: Health Economics: Concepts and Analysis
working in the healthcare sector and unable to study
full-time. In addition to these taught courses, the Centre ▪▪ Module 3: Introduction to Health Care Evaluation
for Health Economics has a thriving graduate research The Postgraduate Diploma currently comprises:
programme offering the opportunity for research ▪▪ Module 4: The Economics of Health Care Systems
leading to a PhD. Topics are aligned to the interests of
▪▪ Module 5: Statistics for Health Economics
the research teams within the Centre.
▪▪ Module 6: Further Topics in Economic Evaluation
DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES The MSc currently comprises:
 odule 7: Assessing the Impact of Medical
▪▪ M
PGCert/PGDip Health Economics
Technologies on Health
for Health Care Professionals
▪▪ Module 8: Outcome Measurement and Valuation
MSc Economic Evaluation for Health
Technology Assessment (HTA) ▪▪ M
 odule 9: Decision Analysis for Health
Together with the Department of Economics and Technology Assessment
Related Studies and York Health Economics Consortium, Full details can be found at york.ac.uk/economics/
the Centre for Health Economics runs the Health postgrad/distance_learning.
Economics for Health Care Professionals Postgraduate Your background
Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma by distance
We require an honours degree at 2:1 or higher, or
learning and the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health
qualifications and/or experience deemed by the
Technology Assessment (HTA) by distance learning. University to be of an equivalent standard.
These courses are designed for those working in
the healthcare sector who wish to gain an accredited
qualification in health economics, but who are unable to
study full-time. Students will be able to enrol in the MSc
once they have achieved the Postgraduate Certificate
and Postgraduate Diploma qualifications.
The Postgraduate Certificate covers the basic
principles and tools of health economics to enable


MSc Health Economics informal seminar series, for example in quantitative
health economics and economic evaluation.
The MSc in Health Economics is provided by the
While supervised and located within the Centre, you
Department of Economics and Related Studies.
will be registered within the Department of Economics
It provides a comprehensive training in the theory and
and Related Studies or the Department of Health
practice of health economics and gives students the
Sciences depending on the exact nature of your studies.
experience and skills needed for research and health
There are opportunities to study for a PhD in any of
service decision making. Graduates go on to work in
the Centre’s areas of research interests and we welcome
government departments, research units, universities,
informal enquiries from potential students.
national health services, healthcare organisations and
Details can be found at york.ac.uk/che/postgraduate.
the pharmaceutical industry.
The MSc lasts for one year full-time. Coursework Your background
runs from late September to May. The compulsory core We would normally expect you to have an appropriate
elements are double modules in each of the following: postgraduate qualification in Economics.
Health Economics; Evaluation of Health Care; either
Econometrics 1 and Applied Microeconometrics, or AVAILABLE FUNDING
Econometrics 1 and 2, or Statistics and Econometrics,
Home and EU students may be eligible to apply for
or Econometric Methods for Research; either Advanced
ESRC studentships for the PhD programme and for the
Microeconomics or Applied Microeconomics 1 and
Department of Health studentships available for the
Applied Microeconomics 2; Clinical Decision Analysis;
MSc in Health Economics. The Graduate School in the
plus one additional optional module (for example,
Department of Economics and Related Studies has a
Health and Development; Evaluation of Health Policy).
number of teaching fellowships available which provide
Most students on the MSc in Health Economics
financial support.
choose to do a summer research placement. This covers
For more information on funding visit york.ac.uk/
three months, mid-June to mid-September, and is
spent preparing a dissertation under the supervision
of an experienced health economist. The placements
involve the co‑operation of many different institutions
including academic research units, the NHS and
pharmaceutical companies.
The normal entry requirement for the MSc is a 2:1
honours degree in Economics or equivalent. However,
many students have other qualifications, including
My favourite part about working
Pharmacy, Medicine, and related disciplines. at the Centre for Health
The Department of Economics and Related Studies
provides a five-week Summer Session in microeconomics
Economics is the people. I work with
and quantitative methods for non-economists internationally renowned experts in the
(see york.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/msc-summers).
Full details can be found at york.ac.uk/study/ field who are always available to give
postgraduate-taught/courses/msc-health-economics. advice and feedback on my research.
PhD research degree This inspires me to work at a high
The Centre has a thriving PhD research programme standard myself. I’m continually
with candidates from a number of countries studying
a range of issues in health economics. Your studies will encouraged to contribute, through
be supervised by a senior researcher within CHE. You seminars, teaching and social events,
will enjoy the benefits of being physically located within
the Centre, facilitating collaborations with a wide group which is great for developing
of researchers and access to computing and research
infrastructures, together with remote access to a high-
transferable skills for my future career.
performance computing cluster which holds a range I always feel that I’m part of the team.”
of proprietary software. The Centre runs a number of
Dina, PhD Health Economics

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The following staff are happy to supervise PhD students. Research Fellows
See our web pages for a full, up-to-date list. Rita Faria, MSc (York) – Decision modelling; health and
social care; observational data
Professor and Head of Centre
Nils Gutacker, PhD (York) – Healthcare markets; provider
Maria Goddard, MSc (York) – Performance measurement;
incentives; patient-reported outcomes; performance assessment
incentives; commissioning; regulation; equity of access
Sebastian Hinde, MSc (York) – Economic evaluation;
Professors decision modelling; lung cancer; model calibration
Martin Chalkley, PhD (Warwick) – Contracts for health services; Panos Kasteridis, PhD (Tennessee) – Quality of primary care;
information and incentives; economics of health integrated care; mental health
Richard Cookson, DPhil (York) – Equity in health and healthcare; Noemi Krief, PhD (LSHTM) – Economic evaluation and impact
competition; pay for performance; public health evaluation in global health; econometric methods
Hugh Gravelle, PhD (London) – Primary care research; Andrew Mirelman, PhD (Johns Hopkins) – Health systems;
performance measurement; quality incentives; resource economic evaluation; development; chronic disease;
allocation; equity immunisation
Rowena Jacobs, PhD (York) – Mental health; economics; Rita Santos, MSc (Coimbra) – Primary care; quality;
performance measurement; financial incentives; policy physicians' practice patterns; spatial econometrics
Andrea Manca, PhD (York) – Statistical methods in economic Simon Walker, MSc (York) – Economic evaluation;
evaluation; evidence synthesis; multi-centre trials decision modelling; uncertainty
Stephen Palmer, MSc (York) – Decision-analytic modelling;
Bayesian analysis; evaluation of healthcare technologies
Nigel Rice, PhD (Keele) – Microeconometric methods;
inequality and inequity; health and lifestyles
Gerry Richardson, PhD (York) – Cost-effectiveness; self-
management; trade-off of health versus non-health outcomes
Mark Sculpher, PhD (Brunel) – Economic evaluation of
medical technologies and drug therapies; decision analysis
Marc Suhrcke, PhD (Hamburg) – Socioeconomic determinants
of health; economics of health behaviour; global health

Rodrigo Moreno-Serra, PhD (York) – Evaluation of health
policies and programmes in transition and developing countries

Senior Research Fellows

Laura Bojke, PhD (York) – Decision modelling;
evidence synthesis; uncertainty; expert elicitation
Adriana Castelli, PhD (York) – Health policy; health system
performance and productivity
Susan Griffin, PhD (York) – Economic evaluation of medical
and public health interventions; decision analysis
Claire Rothery, PhD (Queen’s Belfast) – Decision
modelling; uncertainty; value of information analysis;
mathematical programming
Marta Soares, MSc (Lisbon) – Economic evidence synthesis;
evaluation; decision modelling; value of information analysis
Helen Weatherly, MSc (York) – Economic evaluation;
health technology appraisal; social care; public health
Beth Woods, MSc (City) – Decision modelling;
evidence synthesis; value of information


Graduates from our postgraduate courses leave with a wide range of discipline-specific
and transferable skills, providing them with an excellent platform from which to pursue their
chosen careers. Our graduates go on to find employment in public health and health service
sectors across the world.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice PT 3yr PGDip with Professional Registration

PGDip Advanced Clinical Practice PT 2yr in Nursing (Adult) FT 2yr
MSc Applied Health Research FT 1yr, PT 2yr PGCert in Health Research and Statistics FT 1yr, PT 2yr
Master of Public Health (MPH) FT 1yr, PT 2yr MPhil Health Sciences FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MSc International Humanitarian Affairs (MIHA) PhD Health Sciences FT 3yr, PT 6yr
(by distance learning) PT 2yr MA Social Research: see page 194


Dr Mona Kanaan IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in writing and no less
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor than 6.0 in all other components, for taught degrees
york.ac.uk/healthsciences/gradschool IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each component,
+44 (0)1904 321321 or equivalent, for research degrees
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Health Sciences is a vibrant, Our core philosophy is that our teaching and
multidisciplinary department rated seventh research should improve health and healthcare
nationally in Public Health, Health Services and through the application of evidence-based practice.
Primary Care in the Times Higher Education’s The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award
for our commitment to women in science.
ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence
Our graduate school offers a diverse range of full-
Framework. The research carried out in the
and part-time taught and research-based postgraduate
Department is multidisciplinary and covers a degrees designed for those wishing to develop and
broad spectrum across many different health- follow a career in public health, health services research
related areas, including Cancer Epidemiology; and other health-related areas. Postgraduate students
Cardiovascular Health; Health Services and work closely with our world-leading academics and our
Policy; Mental Health and Addiction; Public vibrant intellectual community is further enhanced by
Health and Society; Trials and Statistics; weekly seminars and discussion groups. PhD students
Nursing and Midwifery. are embedded in one of our research groups and enjoy
all the facilities of the Department.

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OUR COURSES statistics, epidemiology, systematic reviews, qualitative
research, health economics and randomised controlled
The Department offers taught and research
trials. It is designed to equip you with the skills and
postgraduate degrees. Our taught Masters courses
knowledge required to design and conduct high quality
include a number of specialist pathways tailored to
health research and critically appraise and interpret
reflect students’ interests. They are offered on a full-
research evidence, alongside a broad understanding of
time (one-year) or a part-time (two-year or three-year)
the methodologies used. In addition, you will conduct
basis. Our research degrees comprise a three-year PhD
an independent research project.
or a two-year MPhil, both of which are available on a
After completing the course, you will be well
part‑time basis.
equipped for careers within the multidisciplinary and
Your background multiprofessional field of health and will be able to apply
For the Masters degree courses, you will normally need the skills and competencies acquired across any disease
at least a 2:1 honours degree or in some instances areas, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
equivalent work experience. Each applicant’s suitability
will be assessed on an individual basis and may involve Master of Public Health (MPH)
an interview (telephone, Skype or face-to-face) or the This course focuses on developing the knowledge and
submission of a short written piece of work. skills essential to public health: to prevent disease,
promote health and prolong life. It is concerned with
MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice whole system approaches and is relevant to people
This course will provide you with the competencies from a wide variety of backgrounds, including health
required to practise as an advanced clinical practitioner. professionals and those working in environmental
You will also develop your leadership skills and your health, public policy, law and social sciences.
ability to work collaboratively to improve quality of care Core training includes epidemiology, research
and influence healthcare practice. methods, statistics, public health foundations, and an
Year 1 is frontloaded with the acquisition of understanding of the epidemiology of infection, disease
knowledge and skills, in order that you can practise and injury. In addition, you will have the opportunity to
safely and effectively and begin to take on the advanced select modules that align with your interests and future
practitioner role. In Year 2 you explore professional career plans. Potential careers include working in the
issues faced by advanced clinical practitioners, learning NHS, local authorities, government ministries of health
to manage risk and gaining resilience as a practitioner; overseas, the World Health Organisation and other
you will also examine the broad context of health, non‑governmental organisations or charities.
including public health, and how you can influence
health outcomes in the healthcare context. You will MSc International Humanitarian Affairs
complete a service improvement project within your (MIHA) (by distance learning)
clinical area, to develop skills in managing a process of This is a unique interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary
change which will bring benefit to your service. course, delivered exclusively online. It will provide you
After completing the course, you will have the with in-depth knowledge of theory, policy and practice,
generic clinical skills to practise as an advanced clinical monitoring and evaluation, and an understanding of the
practitioner. You will also gain transferable skills which different methods of humanitarian delivery, as well as
you can apply in education, research or clinical leadership. research skills. In Year 2 you will also design and carry
out an independent project.
Postgraduate Diploma in MIHA provides an academic setting for professionals
Advanced Clinical Practice to develop how you understand and respond to
This course is identical to the MSc, but excludes the humanitarian needs in complex operational contexts
service improvement project. such as violent conflict, natural hazards and political
crises; to examine and analyse contemporary issues,
MSc Applied Health Research challenges and dilemmas using social, political, cultural,
This multidisciplinary taught degree course is economic and environmental perspectives; to study lived
particularly relevant for science and social science experiences of crisis-affected communities and changing
graduates interested in a career in health services policy debates, as well as the technical approaches of
research and health professionals who wish to develop the main humanitarian sectors. Students gain advanced
their research skills. The course offers excellent academic and policy skills, and understand how to use
grounding in core health methodologies including theory to maintain good practice.


Postgraduate Diploma with Professional You will be supported by a Thesis Advisory Panel and
Registration in Nursing (Adult) your progression will be monitored on an annual basis.
You will be invited to attend all Departmental seminars
This innovative, two-year, full-time course for graduate
and you will have the opportunity to present your own
entrants enables you to ‘fast-track’ to professional nurse
research to fellow students and staff during your time
registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council. Created
with us. There may also be opportunities to attend
in close collaboration with health service partners and
national and international conferences.
users, this course combines theoretical modules with
clinical placements to prepare graduates for future roles Your background
as adult nurses. Applicants for research degrees must have a minimum
Our course supports students to become exceptional of a 2:1 honours degree and you must be able to
registered nurses working in partnership with the public demonstrate a strong interest in your chosen field.
to promote health and provide sensitive, evidence-based Please indicate on your application your preferred area
care to patients and their carers. of research and names of academic staff with whom
The Postgraduate Diploma is applicable to those who you would like to work.
already possess an honours degree and have experience
of working or volunteering in a health and social AVAILABLE FUNDING
care‑related context. Funding opportunities are offered through the
For details see our website at york.ac.uk/ Department and will be advertised at: york.ac.uk/
healthsciences/nursing/pg-diploma. healthsciences/gradschool/funding.

PGCert in Health Research and Statistics

This course combines face-to-face and online learning
and provides basic training in health research
methods. It aims to equip you with the basic skills
required to design and conduct high quality health
research using appropriate methods and study
designs. It comprises a portfolio of modules including
Statistics, Epidemiology, Systematic Reviews, Health
Economics and Randomised Controlled Trials, and
is specifically designed to allow you to develop
advanced skills in statistical methods, or to develop a
broader skill base across a range of study designs.

MPhil/PhD research degrees I have a thirst for medical

Our vision is to be a world-class centre undertaking
research on current and emerging challenges to health knowledge and greater
and healthcare provision. Undertaking a research understanding, so York is the ideal place
degree with us will allow you to make an original
contribution to knowledge in your chosen area. We for me. The Department ranks high in the
organise our research activity around seven core themes global league tables and has renowned
and you will be supervised by leading academic staff
in one of these areas: Cardiovascular Health; Cancer research groups. My studies here will
Epidemiology; Mental Health and Addiction; Health
Services and Policy; Trials and Statistics; Public Health
enable me to become a knowledgeable
and Society; Nursing and Midwifery. and trusted cardiovascular prevention
You will have the flexibility to tailor your studies
to pursue your own research interests, and a bespoke and rehabilitation specialist, providing
training programme will be designed in conjunction evidence-based intervention
with your supervisory team to support the development
of essential subject-specific and transferable skills for programmes.”
your future career.
Ahmad, PhD Health Sciences

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See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Senior Lecturers
Peter Coventry, PhD (Manchester) – Trials of complex
Professor and Head of Department interventions; evidence synthesis; mental health problems
Karl Atkin, DPhil (York) – Healthcare in multicultural societies;
Kate Flemming, PhD (York) – Palliative and end-of-life care;
social experience of longstanding conditions
smoking in pregnancy; qualitative research; mixed methods
Professors Lorna Fraser, PhD (Leeds) – Data linkage; chronic/life-limiting
Karen Bloor, PhD (York) – Medical labour markets; disease in children; paediatric palliative care
productivity of hospital specialists; hospital performance Janaka Jayawickrama, PhD (Northumbria) – Humanitarian
Tracey Bywater, PhD (Bangor) – Family and child wellbeing; affairs; disaster risk reduction; conflict transformation
trials; early intervention; implementation science Mona Kanaan, PhD (Open) – Advanced quantitative elements;
Patrick Doherty, PhD (Manchester) – Cardiovascular disease stepped wedge trials; spatial statistics
prevention and rehabilitation; patient self-management Peter Knapp, PhD (Leeds) – Patient information; risks to support
Tim Doran, MD (Liverpool) – Health inequalities; decisions or consent; instructions in relation to inequalities
quality improvement; financial incentives in healthcare Amanda Mason-Jones, PhD (Nottingham) – Child and
Steve Ersser, PhD (King’s College London) – Skin health; adolescent health; sexual and reproductive health
complex intervention development in nursing; advanced practice Steven Oliver, PhD (Bristol) – Cancer epidemiology;
Paul Galdas, PhD (Leeds) – Men’s health; gender and evaluation of cancer services
health behaviour Amanda Perry, PhD (York) – Suicide and self-harm,
Simon Gilbody, DPhil (York) – Smoking cessation; psychological therapies and drug treatments in prisoners
improving health and care of people with mental ill health Elena Ratschen, PhD (Nottingham) – Smoking and mental
Catherine Hewitt, PhD (York) – Randomised controlled trials; illness; tobacco control; smoking/health inequalities
statistics; systematic and diagnostic reviews; meta-analysis Najma Siddiqi, PhD (Leeds) – Physical/mental illness
Tracy Lightfoot, PhD (Sheffield) – Cancer epidemiology; comorbidity; diabetes and mental illness; care home delirium
childhood cancer; haematological malignancies Duncan Stewart, PhD (King’s College London) –
Jim McCambridge, PhD (King’s College London) – Addictive behaviours; acute psychiatry; dual diagnosis
Addictive behaviours; alcohol; public health
Rob Newton, DPhil (Oxford) – Cancer epidemiology;
Ada Keding, MSc (Sheffield) - Medical statistics; randomised
chronic disease in Africa
controlled trials, surgical trials; practitioner effects
Kate Pickett, PhD (Berkeley) – Social determinants of health;
Jo Rose, PhD (Northumbria) – Humanitarian affairs;
health inequalities
disaster risk reduction; climate change adaptation
Eve Roman, PhD (London) – Epidemiology of haematological
Jo Taylor, PhD (York) - Multi-morbidity; mental health;
malignancies; cancers of children and young adults
paediatric palliative care; patient decision-making and
Kamran Siddiqi, PhD (Leeds) – Lung health; tobacco control; self‑management
David Torgerson, PhD (Aberdeen) – Methodology of
randomised trials
Ian Watt, ChB (Manchester), FFPHM – Patient safety; primary
care; evidenced-based healthcare; communication in healthcare
Barry Wright, MD (London) – Children and young people’s
mental health

Rhian Gabe, PhD (Queen Mary) – Randomised controlled trials;
epidemiology; cancer screening; imaging
Lina Gega, PhD (King’s College London) – Children and young
people’s mental health; digital technologies
Dean McMillan, PhD (London) – Low-intensity psychosocial
interventions; systematic reviews; psychological measures
Steve Parrott, MSc (York) – Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness
of smoking, drinking and illicit drug interventions
Paul Tiffin, MD (Newcastle) – Psychometrics;
healthcare staff selection, assessment and regulation


Graduate students in the Department of History join an intellectually exciting, friendly and
wide-ranging academic community. Whether you hope to pursue a career in academia or gain
additional skills before starting your career, our postgraduate degrees can offer you critical skills,
knowledge and intellectual development.
Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Medieval History FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Renaissance and

MA Early Modern History FT 1yr, PT 2yr Early Modern Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Modern History FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Eighteenth Century Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Public History FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Culture and Thought after 1945 FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Contemporary History and MA Medical History and Humanities FT 1yr, PT 2yr
International Politics FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA History (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Medieval Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr MPhil FT 2yr, PT 4yr
PhD FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Social Research: see page 194


Professor Miles Taylor IELTS 7.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component,
york.ac.uk/history/postgraduate or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 322983 For MA Medieval Studies; Renaissance and Early
history-admissions@york.ac.uk Modern Studies; Eighteenth Century Studies; Culture
and Thought after 1945; see IELTS on page 95
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

With over 45 members of academic staff and Facilities at York are excellent. Postgraduates can
over 100 postgraduates in the Department and use the purpose-built Humanities Research Centre in
associated centres, York is one of the largest the Berrick Saul Building as well as facilities in the
Department. The Library, and particularly the Humanities
History departments in the UK.
Research Library, has a large and growing set of print,
In the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the
microfilm and electronic research resources for historians.
2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment,
Adjoining it is the Borthwick Institute for Archives, one
the Department was second overall for research
of the largest archives in the UK, with rich and diverse
performance, reflecting the world-class quality of our
holdings from the 12th century to the 21st century (see
academic staff and our high-level, stimulating research
york.ac.uk/library/borthwick). The city of York contains
environment. The MAs in Medieval, Early Modern and other important repositories such as York Minster Library,
Modern History, in Public History and in Contemporary York City Archives and the National Railway Museum.
History and International Politics reflect the unusual We support and develop postgraduates’ professional
chronological breadth of our interests. We have similarly skills and employability. MA students receive training
diverse geographical interests, with particular strengths in research skills and can take courses in languages
in the history of Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and palaeography. Research students follow a course
the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as in the history of professional development; most gain teaching
of Britain and Ireland. We welcome and support all experience; some take advantage of PhD exchanges
kinds of approaches to the study of the past, ranging with Lund and Bielefeld. All students can apply for
from economic and social history to political, religious, internships organised by the Department during the
intellectual and cultural history, as well as the histories Summer Term.
of science, technology and medicine, of empire and
of gender.

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OUR COURSES MA Early Modern History
The Department offers a range of taught MA degrees Taking as its context Britain, Europe and the wider
and is involved in the interdisciplinary degrees listed world, this course aims to enhance awareness of key
below. You can take them either full-time in one year historiographical and methodological debates in social,
or part-time over two years. All the taught MAs include cultural, political and religious history, 1500–1750. It
a core course, one to three option modules, a core provides opportunities for interdisciplinary discussion
training programme in research skills, ancillary skills through the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern
courses and a substantial research dissertation of up to Studies and gives the opportunity to engage with
20,000 words. primary material from the rich archival and print
The Department offers a full range of research resources available in York. During the first term
degrees. As we are a large department, we supervise you will study a core module and an option module.
work in many areas of history. The core module examines key themes and debates,
addressing topics such as popular political culture,
Your background witchcraft, violence and honour, gender and sexuality,
All our courses are intended to be of interest to and the nature of belief. During the second term you
candidates who want to extend their interests after will take another option module and training modules
their undergraduate studies, either as a basis for further in, for example, mapping or palaeography. Options may
research in History or related disciplines, or before include:
embarking on other careers. We also welcome teachers ▪▪ The British Problem: The Making of an Early
and other professionals (such as museum curators) Modern State
in relevant fields who are looking to gain a further
▪▪ Magic, Science and Religion in the Renaissance
qualification in their area of study.
Candidates usually have a 2:1 honours degree or ▪▪ Representing Women in 18th-century Britain
its equivalent in an appropriate subject, and most  olitics, Persecution and Toleration in
▪▪ P
candidates for PhDs have completed an MA. However, Tudor–Stuart Britain
we consider applications on an individual basis and ▪▪ Exotic Animals in Europe, 1650–1850
invite candidates to visit the Department for an
In the second half of the MA, you will research and
informal interview wherever possible.
write a dissertation under the supervision of a member
of staff.
MA Medieval History
The MA in Medieval History builds upon York’s MA Modern History
international reputation in medieval studies and
The MA in Modern History covers the 18th to 21st
provides thorough research training and an opportunity
centuries and combines an advanced-level introduction
to explore new approaches to the medieval history
to the methodologies and techniques of modern
of England, Europe and the wider world. Particular history together with a choice of thematic taught
emphasis is laid upon working with primary sources. modules. During the Autumn Term you will take a
The MA is structured in two stages. The taught common core module examining key themes and
element of the MA spans the Autumn and Spring Terms, historiographical debates in modern history which may
when you will follow a core programme and two option include transnational history, the history of emotions
modules. The core module will introduce you to key and the history of capitalism, and an option module.
historiographical debates and to major new scholarly In the Spring Term you will take a further option from
areas. Option modules may include: a range of modules offered by staff in the Department.
▪▪ The Medieval Imagination These may include:
▪▪ The Cult of Saints in the Medieval West, 1050–1350 ▪▪ Russian Foreign Policy from Alexander I to
Vladmir Putin
▪▪ The Frontiers of Reason, 1200–1450
▪▪ Neoliberalism and its Discontents: The World
The second (research) stage comprises the preparation,
since 1968
research and writing of the dissertation with additional
specialist guidance from a supervisor. You study ▪▪ Twentieth-century China
medieval Latin and acquire palaeographical and related ▪▪ Global Visions and Local Actions: The History
technical skills in two practical skills modules. and Politics of International Health

You will also take training modules in, for example, Option modules may include:
mapping or palaeography. From the beginning of the ▪▪ Neoliberalism and its Discontents: The World
Summer Term you will concentrate on your research since 1968
dissertation of up to 20,000 words, supervised by a ▪▪ Russian Foreign Policy from Alexander I to
member of staff. Vladmir Putin

MA Public History ▪▪ Conflict and Development

The MA in Public History offers students cutting-edge ▪▪ Ethics and World Politics
interdisciplinary academic training together with exciting
opportunities for hands-on experience in the cultural MA Medieval Studies
sphere through a placement in the heritage sector. The The MA in Medieval Studies provides an introduction
course is designed to give students an understanding to the interdisciplinary study of the medieval cultures
of the critical issues in public history and to analyse the of Europe, taught by members of the Departments
variety of changing ways in which the public engages of Archaeology, English, History and History of Art.
with the past through not only traditional media, but also For more information see the entry for the Centre for
new digital and rich media products. Medieval Studies on page 155.
The MA will consist of two core modules, which
introduce students to the disciplines and practices MA Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
of public history, and an option module, which can
The MA in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies is
be combined with work placements at a prestigious
an interdisciplinary MA studying the 16th and 17th
heritage or media institution or at a cultural attraction
centuries. It is taught by members of the Departments
company. Previous placements have included York
of History, English and Related Literature, History
Minster, York City Archives, the National Science
of Art and Archaeology, plus five other humanities
and Media Museum, the British Library and English
departments, and brings together the wide range
Heritage. You will also take training modules in, for
of disciplinary perspectives which enrich research in
example, mapping, palaeography or a language.
this period. It is based in the Centre for Renaissance
Option modules may include:
and Early Modern Studies. For further information see
▪▪ Art and Imagery in York Minster
page 186.
▪▪ Twentieth-Century China
▪▪ Critical Studies in History, Humanities and
Wider Interdisciplinarity
The MA is linked to the Institute for the Public
Understanding of the Past; see york.ac.uk/ipup.
I’ve found York a really supportive
MA Contemporary History and encouraging environment for
and International Politics
This degree provides a foundation for graduate-level postgraduate research. I’ve benefited
research into contemporary history (c1900 to the enormously from attending research
present) and international politics. It offers a range of
stimulating modules to equip you with the specialist seminars, discussing my work, meeting
knowledge and understanding needed to develop
your interests in and make important contributions to
visiting academics and gaining teaching
your chosen field(s). These modules address themes experience. Getting involved in the
reflecting the expertise of staff in the Departments
of History and Politics, exploring the methods and
University’s wider research community
theories associated with the study of modern political has enabled me to work collaboratively
organisation and ideas. You will use these as the
springboard for a dissertation by independent study, with related disciplines and to broaden
involving the collection and analysis of primary sources the scope of my research.”
and their interpretation with reference to existing
scholarship in one or both of the disciplines jointly Robin, PhD History
studied in your degree.

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MA Eighteenth Century Studies MA History (by research)
This interdisciplinary degree course, involving the This degree is particularly aimed at students who wish
Departments of Archaeology, English, History and to develop advanced research skills, in preparation for
History of Art, offers the opportunity for you to study a PhD or research-based career. You will develop an
the culture and cultural history of the period 1650–1850 extended dissertation of up to 40,000 words.
from a range of new perspectives. It is based in the We recommend that you approach a member of staff
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. For further with research interests in your preferred area to discuss
information see page 86. your application.

MA Culture and Thought after 1945 MPhil/PhD research degrees

This interdisciplinary MA will enable you to explore We offer MPhil and PhD research degrees both within
some of the key intellectual, cultural and historical our Department and in association with our affiliated
developments of the contemporary period from an interdisciplinary centres.
interdisciplinary perspective. It is based in the Centre Our academic staff have a huge breadth of research
for Modern Studies. For details see page 159. interests, both geographically and chronologically, and
are able to offer supervision across a wide range of
MA Medical History and Humanities topics. We advise you to get in touch with a relevant
Offered by the Departments of English and History, this member of staff to discuss your proposal.
exciting MA explores historical, literary, social, cultural Applicants are required to have a Masters degree in
and ethical understandings of health, illness, wellbeing, History or in a related subject.
biomedical sciences, medicine and nature, as well as the For more information about research degrees at York,
links between history, the humanities and health policy. see page 32.
The course brings together approaches from different
disciplines, periods and geographical regions to offer AVAILABLE FUNDING
a distinctively international perspective. As a student at Applicants for PhD degrees will be eligible to apply for
York you will engage closely with the activities of the funding from the AHRC through the White Rose College
Centre for Global Health Histories. of the Arts and Humanities. Details of how to apply and
All students follow an innovative core programme of eligibility are at wrocah.ac.uk/funding. Project-specific
that explores critical questions about research research studentships are advertised from time to time.
methodologies and defining medical humanities. The Department will offer a number of bursaries for MA
You will also study three option modules such as: and PhD students. You can find out about University and
▪▪ Global Visions and Local Actions: The History and Department awards, scholarships and studentships from
Politics of International Health our website, york.ac.uk/history/pg-funding.
▪▪ Literature, Medicine and Metropolis The Department is eligible for ESRC studentships for
doctoral students, covering fees and a living allowance.
▪▪ A Picture of Health: The Mass Media and Public
Health in the Twentieth Century
▪▪ Medicine and Spiritual Healing in the Early
Modern World
▪▪ U
 nspeakable Bodies: Theorising Queer and
Abject Embodiment
In the Summer Term, you will work closely with a
supervisor to complete a dissertation on a relevant
research topic of your choice.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Joanna de Groot, DPhil (Oxford) – Gender, race and empire;
19th- and 20th-century India and Iran
Professor and Head of Department Catriona Kennedy, PhD (York) – 18th- and 19th-century
Lawrence Black, PhD (London Guildhall) – Modern political Britain and Ireland; gender, war and revolution
culture; consumerism
Shane O’Rourke, DPhil (Oxford) – Russian history in
the late 19th and 20th centuries
Sanjoy Bhattacharya, PhD (London) – 19th- and 20th-century Chris Renwick, PhD (Leeds) – 19th- and 20th-century natural
South Asia; history of medicine; global health programmes and social sciences

Peter Biller, DPhil (Oxford) – Medieval heresy; Mark Roodhouse, PhD (Cambridge) – 20th-century British social,
condition of women; social history of medicine cultural, economic and political history; crime; consumption

Stuart Carroll, PhD (London) – Early modern France; Sethina Watson, DPhil (Oxford) – Social history of religion,
neighbourliness in 16th- and 17th-century Europe 1050–1350; medieval hospitals

Simon Ditchfield, PhD (London) – Early modern historiography Lecturers

and hagiography; Italian ecclesiastical and cultural history Amanda Behm, PhD (Yale) – 19th- and 20th-century Britain
Guy Halsall, DPhil (York) – Merovingian Gaul; early medieval and empire; ideas in politics
European history; barbarian migrations Sabine Clarke, PhD (London) – 20th-century history of science;
David Moon, PhD (Birmingham) – Russia and Ukraine; technology and medicine; colonial development
18th- to 20th-century peasants and environmental history Mary Garrison, PhD (Cambridge) – Early medieval literature
Sarah Rees Jones, DPhil (York) – Later medieval English social, and cultural history
economic and urban history Jasper Heinzen, PhD (Cambridge) – History of modern European
Miles Taylor, PhD (Cambridge) – 19th- and 20th-century political nationalism; the Napoleonic wars; prisoners of war
British history; the impact of Empire Jonathan Howlett, PhD (Bristol) – Modern Asian history;
David Wootton, DPhil (Oxford) – Intellectual history, 1500–1800; modern China, 1840–2012
political thought David Huyssen, PhD (Yale) – Inequality and new capitalisms
in the 20th century
Tom Johnson, PhD (London) – Social and cultural history
Henrice Altink, PhD (Hull) – African-American and Caribbean
of medieval England; law and authority
history; slavery; gender and sexuality, 1800–1950
Gerard McCann, PhD (Cambridge) – 20th- and 21st-century
Geoffrey Cubitt, PhD (Cambridge) – Memory and
Africa and India; global south; transnationalism
commemoration; public history; political and cultural uses
of the past Shaul Mitelpunkt, DPhil (Chicago) – Cultural, diplomatic
and military history in 20th-century US
Jeremy Goldberg, PhD (Cambridge) – Medieval English social
structure, demography, women, family Harry Munt, PhD (Oxford) – History of the Islamic world;
medieval Arabic history writing
Mark Jenner, DPhil (Oxford) – Early modern English history;
social history of medicine; the body Emilie Murphy, PhD (York) – Religious and cultural history of
early modern England; sounds, gesture and linguistic encounter
Craig Taylor, DPhil (Oxford) – Politics and ideas
in medieval France and England; chivalry; warfare Lucy Sackville, PhD (York) – 12th- and 13th-century
religious history
Senior Lecturers Hugo Service, PhD (Cambridge) – 20th-century Central
Tara Alberts, PhD (Cambridge) – Encounters and exchange and Eastern Europe, especially Germany and Poland
between Europe and Asia; health and medicine
Laura Stewart, PhD (Edinburgh) – Political cultures in early
Oleg Benesch, PhD (British Columbia) – History of 19th- modern Britain; early modern Scotland; the British civil wars
and 20th-century Japan
Geraint Thomas, PhD (Cambridge) – British history post-1850;
David Clayton, PhD (Manchester) – Modern British and popular politics and political ideas; social identity;
Chinese economic history; post-1945 international history everyday history
John Cooper, DPhil (Oxford) – Political, religious and Christopher Webb, MA (York) – Church and society in
literary culture of early modern Britain early modern England; editing historical documents
Helen Cowie, PhD (Warwick) – Cultural history of science; Sophie Weeks, PhD (Leeds) – Natural philosophy in
history of animals the 15th and 16th centuries
Natasha Glaisyer, PhD (Cambridge) – Cultural history
of commerce in the 17th and 18th centuries
Hannah Greig, PhD (London) – The social, political
and material history of Britain, c1688–1830

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Advance your knowledge, analytical and communication skills at one of the biggest History of
Art departments in the UK, in a region with a wealth of resources for art history. Our partnerships
and close links with galleries and museums will enhance your studies. Flexible courses allow you
to choose a route to suit your research interests. Our graduates go on to diverse careers, including
auctioneering, curating, conservation, journalism, research and further study.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MA History of Art FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Medieval Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MA History of Art MA Renaissance and Early Modern Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
(Architectural History and Theory) FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Eighteenth Century Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA History of Art (British Art) FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Culture and Thought after 1945 FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA History of Art LLM Art Law FT 1yr
(Medieval Art and Medievalisms) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA History of Art (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA History of Art
(Modern and Contemporary Art) FT 1yr, PT 2yr MPhil History of Art FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MA Stained Glass Conservation PhD History of Art FT 3yr, PT 6yr
and Heritage Management FT 2yr PhD History of Art (by distance learning) FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Fiona Watson, Academic Administrator IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in Writing for taught
york.ac.uk/history-of-art degrees, or 6.5 for research degrees, and no less than
+44 (0)1904 322978 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent
histart-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk For further details, see pages 30 and 48

As one of the largest History of Art departments Framework, we were first in the UK for History of Art
in the UK, with staff actively researching the research impact.
Western tradition from late antiquity to the The Department’s research schools organise
contemporary, we offer opportunities for seminars, study days and visits. You can take advantage
of the events connected to the interdisciplinary research
postgraduate study and research across an
centres in Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern,
exceptional range of fields and methodologies.
Eighteenth Century and Modern Studies. You will also be
We offer a supportive and stimulating environment
part of the lively research community at the Humanities
for all our students, who join us from the UK and across
Research Centre.
the world. As a student you will benefit from:
At York you will study in one of the country’s most
▪▪ world-leading teaching and research
attractive cities, renowned for its medieval and Georgian
▪▪ teaching by distinguished visiting scholars architecture. In the immediate vicinity, monasteries,
▪▪ a large and dynamic postgraduate community churches, castles and great country houses provide an
excellent resource for the study of art and architectural
▪▪ p
 artnerships and close links with local and
history in its cultural and social context. Students
national galleries and museums.
benefit from partnerships with local, regional and
Our active community of postgraduate students national galleries and museums, for work experience
benefits from internationally significant research, with and specialised training or research. Transport links offer
renowned concentrations of expertise in the medieval, easy access to national and regional collections. In and
early modern and modern periods. In the Times Higher around York, you will find an extraordinarily wide range
Education’s ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence of libraries and archives to support your studies.


OUR COURSES You also have the option to take up to two modules in
other departments such as History, Philosophy, English
We offer six taught MA degrees: an MA in History of
and Related Literature or Archaeology, should you wish
Art, an MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage
to pursue research from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Management, and four MA pathway degrees. Our
academics also contribute to the teaching of four Your background
interdisciplinary MA courses in Medieval Studies, You will have a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a
Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Eighteenth humanities subject. If you have studied a practice-based
Century Studies, and Culture and Thought after 1945; degree (eg Fine Art) you will need to demonstrate
and the interdisciplinary LLM in Art Law. Research capability in academic writing. If you have a different
degrees are offered at MA, MPhil and PhD levels, educational background, do not be discouraged from
including a distance learning option for PhD. applying; all candidates are recommended to contact
the Graduate Chair about possible applications.
MA History of Art
Our general taught MA is a 50-week course which offers MA Stained Glass Conservation
great flexibility, enabling you to focus on a historical and Heritage Management
period from medieval to contemporary art, to follow The University of York’s MA in Stained Glass
a thematic strand or to pursue a diverse range of Conservation and Heritage Management is the
interests. It can be taken over one year full‑time or two only course in Britain for the study of stained glass
years part-time. conservation and remains the only such programme
You will choose four option modules to take over in the English-speaking world. York has unmatched
your first two terms. The modules offered vary from year resources in the Minster and city churches, its
to year, but enough choice is available for students with leading conservation studios and the Department’s
particular research interests to focus on those periods or lively Stained Glass Research School. This innovative
themes of most relevance to them. Modules are taught course offers an integrated study of stained glass
by weekly seminars and usually include a field trip to a and its conservation. Taught in partnership with the
regional or national site relevant to the module. Each Department of Archaeology, it provides training for
module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay produced employment opportunities in stained glass conservation
under tutorial supervision.
You will also take a core Research Skills module
alongside your option modules. This will help you make
the transition to graduate research, introduce you to The Department offers student
research going on in the Department and help you to
relate in a more original, critical and significant way to
partnerships with museums and
the problems, methodologies and latest insights from galleries and I’ve gained invaluable
the forefront of the discipline. During this module you
will develop your dissertation research proposal, which
curatorial and museological experience
forms the assessment for the module. Your third term with the Hepworth Wakefield gallery.
and summer vacation are devoted to the research
and writing of your 15,000–20,000‑word dissertation, Working there has complemented my
for submission in mid-September. studies in ways I never expected, such
Pathway degrees
as being able to make contributions
We offer specialised MA pathway degrees in
Architectural History and Theory, British Art, Medieval in seminars based on first-hand
Art and Medievalisms, and Modern and Contemporary
Art. Each pathway provides a comprehensive foundation
experience of museum work. This has
for PhD research in a particular area, or a specialised helped shape my career goals and
career. The course structure and assessment mirror
the general MA in History of Art, but you take one
I now have a degree that will give me
specialising core module and another of your four a real advantage in the job market.”
taught modules from a prescribed list of pathway-
related modules. Your dissertation should focus on a Madeline, MA History of Art
related topic.

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workshops, cultural heritage management, arts of the period 1650–1850. For further information, see the
administration, administration of historic buildings and Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies entry on page 86.
museums, and for higher research degrees.
This two-year programme includes four terms of MA Culture and Thought after 1945
taught courses (two modules each term), a 16-week This course, taught by members of the Departments
placement in a specialist conservation studio or heritage of Archaeology, English, History, History of Art,
institution, and a five-month dissertation. In addition Philosophy and the Centre for Women’s Studies, offers
to modules specific to stained glass conservation, a unique opportunity for study of the intertwined
fields of study are likely to include the history, ethics theoretical, cultural and historical developments of the
and philosophy of conservation, art and architectural contemporary period. For more information see the
history, archaeology, materials and materials science, Centre for Modern Studies entry on page 159.
cultural heritage management, international issues
in conservation and the study of architectural LLM Art Law
environment. Leading conservation studios, museums
For details of this course, see the entry for York Law
and heritage bodies in Britain, Europe and the United
School on page 133.
States will host placements, providing you with
invaluable work experience. Four masterclass events MA History of Art (by research)
that attract international speakers and participants
will help you to build the networks essential for This is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time degree,
professional practice. based on the production of a 30,000-word dissertation,
supervised by a member of staff. This MA is a research
Your background degree in its own right which could, in certain
You may be a graduate with an undergraduate circumstances, lead to upgrading to an MPhil. Students
degree (at least a 2:1 or equivalent) in a related field meet regularly with their supervisors throughout the
(eg conservation, architectural glass, art history, year, but ultimately have personal responsibility for
architecture, archaeology, fine arts, English), or you may defining their topics and seeing them through to
not have a degree but have exceptional experience or successful completion.
demonstrable skills in a relevant field. For those lacking
Your background
previous experience in glass conservation, preliminary
placements can sometimes be facilitated and intensive You should normally have, or be expected to obtain,
training at the beginning of the course is provided. a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate
subject with a thorough grounding in the discipline
MA Medieval Studies and a clearly defined research topic which falls within
one of the Department’s research areas. You should
This course, taught by members of the Departments
be prepared to work independently from the outset,
of Archaeology, English, History and History of Art,
as there is no taught element to this MA.
provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of
the Middle Ages, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean MPhil/PhD research degrees
and Syria. For further information, see the Centre for
Medieval Studies entry on page 155. The degrees of MPhil and PhD are awarded on the basis
of a thesis of 60,000 and 90,000 words respectively. You
MA Renaissance and Early Modern Studies will also take part in a training programme designed to
develop key skills for an academic or professional career.
This interdisciplinary degree, which allows students to
If you live overseas or your research requires you
study modules from relevant MAs in a number of partner
to be based away from York, we offer a distance
departments, provides an unequalled opportunity
learning version of our PhD programme. Supervision
to study British, European and global cultures c1500
and training take place using videoconferencing and
to c1700, and a stimulating environment in which to
online recordings, giving you flexibility to conduct
discuss and develop ideas. For further information, see
your research and engage with our community while
the entry on page 186.
minimising the need to travel to York. Access to an
internet connection and relevant library and archives
MA Eighteenth Century Studies is essential for this programme. Please contact us to
This course, taught by members of the Departments of discuss further.
Archaeology, English, History and History of Art, offers
the opportunity to study the culture and cultural history


You should be able to demonstrate clear potential A range of opportunities is available to home, EU and
for higher-level research, either having completed or overseas applicants at MA and PhD level. For more
currently taking an MA in History of Art or a closely information visit york.ac.uk/history-of-art/prospective-
related subject. You are encouraged to contact the PhD postgraduates/funding.
Director or a potential supervisor to discuss possible
proposals and supervisors.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Lecturers
James Boaden, PhD (London) – American art from the
Professor and Head of Department mid-20th century
Michael White, PhD (Essex) – European modernism,
Richard Johns, PhD (York) – British art 1650–1850;
especially the interwar avant-gardes
painted interiors; landscape and marine painting
Professors Cadence Kinsey, PhD (London) – Relationships between art
Tim Ayers, PhD (London) – Late medieval stained glass, and technology, especially concerning gender, representation
sculpture and architecture in England and the body

Jason Edwards, PhD (Cambridge) – British Victorian art, Teresa Kittler, PhD (London) – Artistic practices from 1945
especially Aestheticism and the ‘New Sculpture’ to the present day; Italian post-war art, specifically relating
to art, environment, feminism
Anthony Geraghty, PhD (Cambridge) – Late 17th-
and early 18th-century British architecture Hanna Vorholt, PhD (Berlin) – Medieval art, particularly
illuminated manuscripts, maps and diagrams, and Jerusalem
Jane Hawkes, PhD (Newcastle) – Early medieval (insular)
art and architecture, especially sculpture Honorary Visiting Professors
Helen Hills, PhD (London) – Architecture, gender and sexuality; Tim Barringer, PhD (Sussex) – European art, 1700 to present;
Baroque architecture and urbanism American and British landscape painting; postcolonial studies;
Amanda Lillie, PhD (London) – Italian Renaissance art gender studies
and architecture, especially villas and landscapes Rosemary Hill, PhD (Queen Mary) – 19th- and
Elizabeth Prettejohn, PhD (London) – Victorian painting, 20th-century cultural history, specifically antiquarianism,
sculpture, art criticism; classical reception; aesthetics biography and material culture; Gothic revival
Honorary Visiting Fellows
Reader Suzanne Fagence Cooper, PhD (V&A Museum/Brunel) –
Jeanne Nuechterlein, PhD (Berkeley) – 15th- and 16th-century 19th- and 20th-century British art and design; aesthetic art;
northern art; religious painting and portraiture Victorian photography
Joseph Friedman, BA (Cambridge) – 17th- and 18th-century fine
Senior Lecturers and decorative arts in England
Sarah Brown, MA (York) – Stained glass and the history of Richard Green, DipAD, MA (Courtauld Institute, London), FSA,
its restoration and reception FRSA – British art, specifically paintings, watercolours and
Cordula van Wyhe, PhD (London) – Visual and material drawings; history of collecting and museums
practices in the 16th- and 17th-century Low Countries, Philip Lankester, MA (Courtauld Institute, London) –
especially relating to costume, spirituality and court culture Medieval tomb sculpture; British military and civilian swords
of the 18th and 19th centuries
Janina Ramirez, PhD (York) – Anglo-Saxon art; the relationships
between text and image; history and the media

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Skills gained in the programmes have opened doors to a range of career opportunities in:
government (the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office); NGOs (around the world including in
Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda and the UK); international
agencies (UNDP, UNHCR and others); research (think tanks, NGOs and academia).

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Applied Human Rights FT 1yr, PT 2yr

LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice FT 1yr, PT 2yr
PhD Politics/PhD Law FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Centre for Applied Human Rights IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component,
york.ac.uk/cahr or equivalent, for MA Applied Human Rights
Department of Politics IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in Writing and no less
york.ac.uk/politics than 6.5 in other components, or equivalent, for LLM
+44 (0)1904 323568 IELTS requirements may vary for PhD; please contact
poli-graduate-office@york.ac.uk the Department
York Law School For further details, see pages 30 and 48
+44 (0)1904 325802

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) The main challenge facing human rights is the gap
is an interdepartmental research and teaching between soft promises and hard realities. To bridge this
centre with links to the Department of Politics gap, there has been a paradigm shift in human rights
and York Law School. It also hosts a unique practice from standard-setting to implementation, from
international treaties to domestic law, and from state
fellowship scheme for human rights defenders
to non-state actors. This shift is most clearly reflected
at risk.
in the increasing recognition and protection given to
CAHR is distinctive in the way it integrates the
human rights defenders (HRDs). This context provides
practice of human rights into an academic setting.
exciting new opportunities and strategic dilemmas. Our
Its core activities are:
teaching programmes are designed in such a way that
▪▪ hosting human rights defenders at risk, who
students leave with a sense of how to advance human
complete training and educational programmes
rights claims in this challenging context.
and contribute to the activities of the Centre
▪▪ r unning an MA in Applied Human Rights and an LLM
in International Human Rights Law and Practice
▪▪ c onducting research, often in collaboration with
non‑governmental organisations, in the following
areas: practical challenges facing human rights
defenders; human rights and development;
transitional justice; non-state actors; law and
religion; and refugee law
▪▪ hosting the Journal of Human Rights Practice.


OUR COURSES The MA is one year for full-time students, or two
years for part-time students. A Postgraduate Diploma
The Centre offers an interdisciplinary MA in Applied
in Applied Human Rights is available to those students
Human Rights and an LLM in International Human
who do not wish to complete the dissertation.
Rights Law and Practice. Both degrees have a
MA students need to complete six modules: three
strong practical focus, and are explicitly designed
compulsory in the first term; three options in the
to equip you with the applied skills needed to work
second term. A dissertation will fulfil the requirements
for intergovernmental agencies (such as the UN),
for an MA.
NGOs, governments or in other relevant professions
Part-time students in Year 1 will usually complete
(eg journalism). Both degrees also include an
one compulsory module in the Autumn Term and two
international field visit (dependent on student
optional modules in the Spring Term. In Year 2, part-
numbers), and opportunities to work on human rights
time students will complete the Ethics and Methods for
in the UK. Masters-level courses are taught by
Fieldwork module and placement, their third optional
a mix of Centre staff and experienced practitioners.
module and the dissertation.
Your background The following modules are compulsory:
People from diverse academic backgrounds are ▪▪ The Practice of Fieldwork
encouraged to apply. You are expected to have ▪▪ International Human Rights Laboratory
a good first degree (2:1 or its equivalent) and/or
relevant work experience. ▪▪ Social Sciences and Human Rights Practice
▪▪ Placement
MA Applied Human Rights ▪▪ Dissertation
The MA is distinctive in that students:
You choose two optional modules from a range
▪▪ develop a range of fieldwork, advocacy and legal
(subject to availability), currently including:
skills through the course of the year
▪▪ Asylum, Migration and Trafficking
▪▪ a
 pply these skills during a placement in South Africa
▪▪ The Modern Actors of International Law
or the UK, and in a wide range of other applied
projects, such as organising a film festival ▪▪ Governing for the Environment

▪▪ interact with international human rights defenders ▪▪ Africa and International Politics
based at the Centre
 enefit from a genuinely interdisciplinary approach
▪▪ b
to the study of human rights.
It is both interdisciplinary and practice-based. The applied nature of this MA
It focuses on the use of rights within the human rights
mainstream and in a range of related fields (development,
sparked my interest to apply to
transitional justice, etc). As such, it is designed for York and it remains the most enjoyable
practitioners and would-be practitioners across this
spectrum who wish to engage with applied human rights.
aspect of the course. The opportunity
The MA includes a two-week field visit to to work with academics, human rights
Cape Town, South Africa, or a placement in York.
The field visit and placement involve working on a defenders and students with a passion
project, developed in collaboration with local partner for human rights and from all around
organisations. Past projects have included developing
and evaluating training materials on sexual violence; the world is unique. Their experiences,
monitoring of xenophobic violence and displaced
people; capacity-building work with grassroots women’s
questions and opinions coupled with
groups; carrying out a human rights needs assessment my practical experiences have driven
for the York Human Rights city project; and writing
a policy memo for York Travellers Trust.
me to keep on asking questions,
The South African field visit will involve an additional and keep on learning.”
cost, above normal fees, of between £1,250 and £1,400,
subject to cost increases. The field visit will only run if Amy, MA Applied Human Rights
there is sufficient student interest.

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▪▪ Politics of Migration ▪▪ Legal Systems: Sources and Operation
▪▪ Conflict and Development ▪▪ Applying International Human Rights Law
▪▪ Critical Theory ▪▪ The Practice of Fieldwork
▪▪ Global Governance ▪▪ Human Rights Placement
▪▪ Politics of the Poor ▪▪ International Human Rights Laboratory
▪▪ New Security Challenges ▪▪ Research Skills and Methods
▪▪ Ethics and World Politics In the second term, you will be able to choose one
▪▪ Women, Citizenship and Conflict option module from a variety of courses taught by staff
from the Centre for Applied Human Rights or other
departments from around the University. You can tailor
LLM International Human Rights your programme to enhance its interdisciplinarity and
Law and Practice to explore areas where rights are being used in new
The LLM engages you in a critical, nuanced and and innovative ways. Subject to availability, option
interdisciplinary examination of human rights law and modules include:
supports you to develop the practical knowledge and ▪▪ Asylum, Migration and Trafficking (CAHR)
skills necessary to apply global norms at the local level.
▪▪ The Modern Actors of International Law (CAHR)
The LLM is distinctive in that students:
▪▪ work on real human rights issues at local, national, ▪▪ Corporate Responsibility and Law (Law)
regional and global levels ▪▪ Counter-Terrorism (Law)
▪▪ work in partnership with international and local ▪▪ Africa and International Politics (Politics)
NGOs, human rights defenders, UN mechanisms and
▪▪ Citizenship and Education (Education)
governmental bodies
▪▪ Critical Theory (Politics)
▪▪ learn from the experiences of human rights
defenders based at the Centre for Applied Human ▪▪ Global Governance (Politics)
Rights ▪▪ New Security Challenges (Politics)
▪▪ are taught in innovative and interactive small-class ▪▪ Women, Citizenship and Conflict (Centre for
formats by academics and experienced practitioners. Women’s Studies)
You will have opportunities to work with
international and local NGOs, human rights defenders,
UN mechanisms and governmental bodies. You will
develop socio-legal research skills and acquire fieldwork
experience during a two-week placement in Malaysia
(student numbers permitting) or in the UK.
Learning from the experiences of human rights
defenders based at the Centre, you will critically I cannot overestimate the value of
examine how political and social context shapes human
rights issues at legal and policy levels and develop the placement; my experiences
advocacy strategies to address these issues.
You will be taught using innovative and interactive
were immensely rewarding and
small class formats. Our academics undertake cutting- incredibly interesting. Throughout the
edge research and are also experienced practitioners.
Taught over one year for full-time students and
entirety of the process, I have continued
two years for part-time students, the LLM’s structure to expand my understanding of human
reflects the three sides of human rights activism: law,
policy and advocacy. The core modules enable you to rights and their practice in a wide
acquire holistic knowledge and the necessary socio-legal variety of contexts.”
skills for a successful career in human rights practice or
progression to PhD study. They allow you flexibility to Alice, LLM International Human Rights Law
undertake research on those human rights topics which and Practice
interest you most.


The course culminates in a dissertation of up to PhD research degrees
12,000 words on a topic of your choice. It can be the
CAHR staff supervise PhDs in the field of human rights,
springboard to progressing to PhD studies.
but the PhD is awarded in either Politics or Law. The
The LLM provides you with the opportunity to
PhD is awarded on the basis of a thesis after a period of
develop a human rights project in partnership with
three years’ study. Students accepted for research will
organisations over two terms and to undertake fieldwork
normally be expected to have a good degree, typically
in Kuala Lumpur or in York over a two-week period.
a 2:1 or equivalent. Applications for the PhD will be
You will gain hands-on experience of international and
welcomed in the research areas outlined below and
domestic human rights work and conduct research,
on other human rights-related topics.
monitoring and advocacy. Past student projects include:
Our current research projects include:
drafting a legal brief for women’s groups to obtain
▪▪ Improving Protection and Capacity for
standing in proceedings affecting women’s rights in
Human Rights Defenders
Malaysian courts; developing a policy framework and
standard procedure for Malaysian local governments ▪▪ Transformative Justice
to combat trafficking; designing and conducting a ▪▪ Human Rights Cities
human rights training for civil society organisations in
▪▪ R
 efugee Law, Policy and Legal Aid, with a
Malaysia; researching and writing country reports for
particular focus on the Middle East and Asia
the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders
project from York; assessing whether a York-based ▪▪ Transitional Justice
international development organisation should resume The PhD may be studied part‑time, the period
its operations in Mali after conflict had subsided; of study being six years.
developing human rights indicators for the York Human All PhD students are required to pursue an
Rights City Network; designing a user-friendly version of appropriate research training taught course
the thematic report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the (full details from the Centre).
situation of human rights defenders.
You will need to budget approximately £1,200 for AVAILABLE FUNDING
the Malaysia field visit, in addition to LLM tuition fees For information about potential funding
and living expenses. The Malaysia field visit will run if opportunities visit york.ac.uk/cahr.
there is sufficient student interest. If you undertake
placements in York you will not incur additional costs,
apart from potential limited local travel.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list.

Professor and Head of Centre

Paul Gready, PhD (SOAS) – Transitional justice;
human rights and development

Senior Lecturers
Ioana Cismas, PhD (Graduate Institute of International and
Development Studies, Geneva) – International law; human
rights; religion and law; transitional law; non-state actors
Martin Jones, BA (Queen’s, Canada), LLB (UBC) – Refugee law
and policy; human rights defenders

John Gray, LLB (Lancaster) – Leadership, organisational
development and change
Alice M Nah, PhD (Singapore) – Human rights defenders;
asylum and migration in Asia

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Our interdisciplinary programme offers a unique opportunity for research into social interactions
and the use of language in interaction, led by scholars with international reputations in this
area. Students join an outstandingly active and supportive research environment. York is
renowned internationally as a centre of excellence particularly in the field of conversation
analysis. Our alumni have gained employment in a range of academic positions and in research.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MPhil Language and Communication FT 2yr, PT 4yr

PhD Language and Communication FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Dr Richard Ogden, Course Director IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in Speaking and
york.ac.uk/language/postgraduate/phd-and-research/ Writing, and no less than 5.5 in Listening and Reading,
mphil-phd‑communication or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 322652 For further details, see pages 30 and 48

Language and Communication is an pragmatic analysis, relationships between verbal

interdisciplinary programme offering and non-verbal conduct, phonetic and linguistic
supervision for doctoral research into analysis – tailored to suit your particular research area
language use and communication. Our work and needs. We welcome applications to do doctoral
research that will contribute to the rapidly developing
encompasses everyday interactions as well as
and expanding study of language use in all forms of
medical, institutional, workplace, educational
social, institutional, educational and political life.
(including language learning), social welfare Language and Communication is affiliated to
and legal settings. the Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and
Communication is at the very heart of all aspects of Communication (york.ac.uk/res/caslc), an interdisciplinary
social life. Almost everything we do, the ways in which research centre for the investigation of both basic
we relate to one another, all the information we have and applied aspects of language use, interaction and
about one another and the world more generally, and communication. The Centre draws on the expertise of
our social, political and economic conduct rely in one its members in the study of language use, including the
way or another on communication and the language study of phonetic, syntactic and pragmatic features of
that we use. language. We bring together a range of methodological
Staff collaborating on the programme are and theoretical approaches from our various disciplines.
members of the Departments of Education, Language Our approach is always to investigate the dynamics of
and Linguistic Science, Psychology and Sociology. language use in interaction in natural social settings.
They have specialised expertise in basic and applied At York you will also be part of a lively research
research into the language we use to communicate community at the Humanities Research Centre which
with one another (interpersonal communication) includes staff, postgraduate students, postdoctoral
and the ways in which language is used in society scholars and academic visitors from across the arts
more broadly. The programme offers you specialised, and humanities.
flexible and individualised support across relevant
disciplines for research into language, interaction
and communication in a wide variety of contexts.
We provide training in a range of approaches and
methodologies, including conversation analysis,


OUR COURSES Your background
Language and Communication is an interdisciplinary The programme is suitable for graduates with at least
programme involving four departments: Education, a 2:1 honours degree (or Masters) in any discipline
Language and Linguistic Science, Psychology and related to language and communication, including
Sociology. It focuses on investigating language as it Linguistics and/or Languages (including English),
Education, Communication, Psychology and Sociology.
is used in the real world and the linguistic and social
Some training in or acquaintance with a relevant
processes which underpin it. We conduct highly data-
methodology (eg pragmatics, conversation analysis)
driven research into the communicative structures –
is generally required.
linguistic, sequential, gestural – used in everyday life,
in workplace settings, in educational settings, and in
MPhil/PhD research degrees
online interaction.
Academic staff on the programme have established Our basic and applied research expertise focuses
international reputations for innovative research especially on ordinary social interactions (conversation).
and cross-disciplinary working. We employ multiple Areas of research in which we can supervise research
methodologies underpinned by a range of approaches include (but are not limited to):
▪▪ conversation analysis, especially its relation to
to the study of language, including cognitive,
linguistics (including phonetics) and gesture;
ethnographic, interactionist, or dynamic/emergent.
its application to different settings and problems;
Some of us use primarily qualitative methods (notably
communicative strategies in interaction,
conversation analysis), while others specialise in
and pragmatics
experimental and quantitative approaches. We
collaborate with individuals and groups elsewhere ▪▪ language in particular settings: new media, the
nationally and internationally, where our expertise classroom, clinical encounters, legal, educational
can assist in realising the practical aims of projects. and workplace settings
The Department of Language and Linguistic Science, ▪▪ d
 eveloping new methodologies, especially multi-
which administers Language and Communication, is modal, and methodologies that combine insights
one of the UK’s leading centres for research, scholarship from qualitative and quantitative research paradigms
and teaching in the discipline. When you join the ▪▪ c ross-linguistic differences in language and
programme, you will be joining a vibrant, welcoming communication; bilingual communication;
and diverse postgraduate community whose members communication in English as a second language
come from all around the world. We are international
in outlook and welcome multilingual and multicultural
research projects. Students on the programme have I was particularly drawn to the
conducted research on a wide range of European,
South American, Asian and African languages and Language and Communication
social settings. programme because it is
Partner departments all have a full training
programme for PhD students. These include subject- interdisciplinary and flexible – so you
specific courses, courses on research skills, and generic
courses aimed at increasing students’ employability,
can specialise in specific contexts and
personal effectiveness, language skills, etc. Through languages. Supervision is excellent and
the Humanities Research Centre there is considerable
potential for you to make valuable connections
accessible, as is the multidisciplinary
across disciplines. training we get through organisations
You are normally assigned two supervisors from two
different departments. This system of joint supervision
like the White Rose Doctoral
reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the programme Training Centre, which has been
and provides input from different but complementary
disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. fundamental in my development
The programme is available to full- and part-time as a conversation analyst.”
research students, and also to visiting research students
who would like to come here for short periods (usually Veronica, PhD Language and Communication
between one term and a year) for specialist training.

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Please note that we do not have expertise in most areas are available across the participating disciplines.
of mass communication and language/communication These are selected by you in consultation with your
for business purposes, as these are conventionally supervisors, according to your particular interests,
understood and taught, although we can support needs and research topic: that is, there are no formal
research in some aspects of these fields where any kind course requirements or examined components for a
of interaction is involved, for example interviewing in research degree in Language and Communication.
the mass media or interactions in the financial sector. Potential applicants may also wish to consider
Our website provides more information about staff the PhD in Linguistics offered by the Department
research interests. of Language and Linguistic Science (see page 129),
Here are some recent research topics: or the PhD in Applied Linguistics run jointly by the
▪▪ Controversy and argument in radio call-in Departments of Education and Language and
programmes Linguistic Science (see pages 81 and 129).
▪▪ Lawyer–client interaction
▪▪ Industrial (management–employee) negotiations
For information about financial assistance visit
▪▪ Language and interaction in ordinary conversation york.ac.uk/study/fees-funding.
▪▪ Laughter in Finnish doctor–patient primary care
▪▪ Classroom interaction in Italian primary schools
▪▪ Second language acquisition in the classroom
▪▪ Negation in Danish conversation
▪▪ Calls to the emergency services in a Russian city
 ultimodal practices of assessment in
▪▪ M
Chilean Spanish
 ontextual and cultural differences in speaker–
▪▪ C
audience interaction in political oratory
 he sequential, prosodic and lexico-grammatical
▪▪ T
design of assessments in English conversation
▪▪ The use of gestures in Chilean EFL classrooms
▪▪ Answering indirectly in broadcast news interviews
 ervice encounters between native and
▪▪ S
non‑native speakers
▪▪ Storytelling in multi-party Italian conversation
Many of the above and other projects are in ‘basic’
research fields such as the nature and practices of
questioning and indirectness in talk. A common element
through all these projects, and in the areas in which we
offer supervision, is that they involve language use
in interaction.
The programme comprises supervised study to
determine the design of the research project (including
literature review); to discuss the implementation
of the research strategy; to provide training in
relevant perspectives and methodologies; to advise
about the practicalities of any necessary fieldwork/
data collection; to assist in data analysis; and to
provide guidance and advice about writing up the
dissertation. Courses, for instance in theoretical,
practical or substantive, and methodological areas,


See our web pages for an up-to-date list.

Course Director
Richard Ogden, DPhil (York) – Language and Linguistic
Science: Phonetics; phonology; conversation analysis;
cross-linguistic research

Ian Davies, PhD (York) – Education: Citizenship education;
global education; global citizenship education; history education;
social studies education
Paul Foulkes, PhD (Cambridge) – Language and Linguistic
Science: Phonetics; phonology; child language acquisition;
sociolinguistics; forensic phonetics
Robin Wooffitt, DPhil (York) – Sociology: Language and
consciousness; identity and authority; conversation analysis and
discursive psychology

Peter Bull, PhD (Exeter) – Psychology: Microanalysis of
interpersonal communication, speech, non-verbal behaviour;
political psychology

Senior Lecturers
Emma Marsden, PhD (Southampton) – Education:
L2 acquisition; foreign and second language education;
experiments in educational research
Heather Marsden, PhD (Durham) – Language and Linguistic
Science: Theoretical and psycholinguistic perspectives on
L2 acquisition
Darren Reed, PhD (Loughborough) – Sociology: Gesture;
interaction; embodiment; online communication
and performance; conversation analysis; social media
Merran Toerien, PhD (York) – Sociology: Conversation analysis;
language in institutional settings; health professional–patient
interaction; gender and interaction
Danijela Trenkic, PhD (Cambridge) – Education:
Second language use; individual differences; L2 grammar
and vocabulary learning; listening comprehension

Clare Jackson, PhD (York) – Sociology: Gender and language;
reference to persons; feminist conversation analysis
Kobin Kendrick, PhD (California, Santa Barbara) –
Language and Linguistic Science: Conversation analysis;
interactional linguistics

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Linguistics equips you with analytical skills which translate readily into any work context.
Many of our graduates remain in academia but others enter fields such as advertising,
teaching, IT and broadcasting, as well as forensic science, the police and security services.
Our MSc degree course, through its links with industry, gives you opportunities to work with
genuine case materials.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Linguistics FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Linguistics (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MA Comparative Syntax and Semantics FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Linguistics FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Phonetics and Phonology FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Applied Linguistics FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Psycholinguistics FT 1yr, PT 2yr MPhil Language and Communication FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MA Sociolinguistics FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Language and Communication FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MSc Forensic Speech Science FT 1yr MA Social Research: see page 194


Geoff Krause, Postgraduate Administrator IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in Speaking and
york.ac.uk/language Writing, and no less than 5.5 in Listening and Reading,
+44 (0)1904 322652 or equivalent
linguistics-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Language and Linguistic ▪▪ L

 anguage Variation and Change, particularly
Science is one of the leading centres in the empirical methods, the language/identity nexus
UK for teaching and research in theoretical ▪▪ P
 sycholinguistics, particularly first and second
and empirical linguistics. You will join an language acquisition, sentence processing and
academic community committed to high quality phonological development
teaching with a thriving research culture. Research in all these areas focuses on a wide range of
The central aim of our Department is to undertake languages. The Department has also played a key role in
research and teaching at the forefront of modern the development of several major corpora and archives.
linguistics and to advance knowledge of the formal We have active collaborative links with colleagues all
properties of linguistic systems and their use and over the UK and in Canada, France, Finland, Germany,
evolution in speech communities. Staff in the Holland, Japan, Korea, Spain, the USA and elsewhere.
Department regularly succeed in attracting funding At York you will also be part of a lively research
from major research councils including the ESRC community at the Humanities Research Centre which
and AHRC. York had the second highest proportion includes staff, postgraduate students, postdoctoral
of ‘world-leading’ research among UK Language and scholars and academic visitors from across the arts
Linguistics departments in the 2014 Research Excellence and humanities.
Framework assessment.
Our Graduate School is part of a thriving research
community whose principal research areas involve:
▪▪ Phonetics and Phonology, including conversation
analysis, forensic phonetics and sociophonetics
▪▪ S
 yntax and Semantics, particularly minimalism,
principles and parameters and monostratal frameworks


OUR COURSES Research training is provided throughout the course,
which is completed with a dissertation.
We offer five taught MA degree courses and one taught
MSc, each of one year’s duration. In addition, we offer
MA Psycholinguistics
research programmes leading to MA or PhD degrees.
The MA in Psycholinguistics provides a general
Your background
foundation in psycholinguistics along with practical
You will be expected to hold (or to gain) a First training in the techniques and methodologies associated
or 2:1  honours degree in a relevant subject. with the field. You will have the opportunity to
develop your interest in areas such as second language
MA Linguistics acquisition, phonological development or sentence
The MA in Linguistics aims to give you a general processing.
foundation in the central areas of modern linguistics, Two routes are offered in Term 1: students with no
while at the same time allowing you to develop your prior background in psycholinguistics take intensive
own particular areas of interest. This course is suitable introductory modules in Language Acquisition,
for those who are new to linguistics or who have only a Psycholinguistics and Syntax or Phonetics/Phonology;
little prior experience of this subject. students with prior knowledge can choose advanced
The first term comprises four modules in the modules in Syntax, Phonetics/Phonology and
core areas of phonetics and phonology, semantics, Psycholinguistics. All students take Quantitative
sociolinguistics and syntax. In the second term you will Methods. In Term 2, you will choose two modules from a
choose two modules. You may choose to concentrate on range that may include: Prosody of English, Bilingualism,
modules in one of our specialist areas (Phonetics and Learning Mechanisms in Phonological Development,
Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Syntax and Psycholinguistic Approaches to Second Language
and Semantics). Teaching continues into the third Acquisition. Teaching continues into Term 3 with a core
term with a core module, Key Ideas in Linguistics. module, Key Ideas in Linguistics. Research training is
Research training is provided throughout the course, provided throughout the course, which is completed
which is completed with a dissertation. with a dissertation.

MA Comparative Syntax and Semantics

The MA in Comparative Syntax and Semantics is aimed
at those with a solid theoretical background in syntax This course appealed to me
and semantics. It provides the opportunity to deepen
your interest in areas such as parameters, comparative
because it caters for students
syntax and the syntax–semantics interface. wanting to specialise in phonetics and
The first term comprises modules in syntactic
and semantic typology. In the second term you will phonology, and is excellent preparation
take two modules on syntax and semantics, involving for further study. I particularly enjoyed
comparative syntax at the interfaces. Research training
is provided throughout the course, which is completed Computational Phonology, and the
with a dissertation.
diversity in the regular Department
MA Phonetics and Phonology colloquium. The enthusiasm and
The MA in Phonetics and Phonology is aimed at those dedication of staff to their research is
with a solid foundation in phonetics and phonology
while giving you a practical training in techniques used very inspiring. The interdisciplinary
in phonetic analysis. You will develop your interest in
areas such as forensic phonetics, conversation analysis,
community in the nearby Humanities
sociophonetics and the phonetics–phonology interface. Research Centre provides plenty of
Both first and second terms comprise modules
in phonetics and phonology. In the second term opportunities for collaboration
you will choose two modules which may include: and socialising.”
Articulatory and Impressionistic Phonetics,
Bilingualism, Learning Mechanisms in Phonological Yinglun, MA Phonetics and Phonology
Development, Sociophonetics, and Prosody of English.

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MA Sociolinguistics PhD Linguistics
The MA in Sociolinguistics will enable you to perform We welcome applications for doctoral research in any
original research in the field of sociolinguistics by giving of our key areas: Forensic Speech Science; Language
you a practical training in techniques and methodologies Variation and Change; Phonetics and Phonology;
used in sociolinguistic analysis. You will also have the Psycholinguistics; Syntax and Sematics. You are
opportunity to develop your interest in areas such as encouraged to discuss your interests and proposal with
the interface between variation and phonological and relevant staff as early as possible. You would normally be
syntactic theory. expected to hold a Masters degree before embarking on
The first term comprises four modules in the PhD study.
core areas of phonetics and phonology, semantics,
sociolinguistics and syntax. In the second term you will PhD Applied Linguistics
take two modules on sociolinguistics which may include: Our PhD in Applied Linguistics is run jointly by the
Sociophonetics; Topics in Language Variation and Department of Education and the Department of
Change. Research training is provided throughout the Language and Linguistic Science. For more information
course, which is completed with a dissertation. see the entry for Education on page 81.

MSc Forensic Speech Science MPhil/PhD Language and Communication

The MSc in Forensic Speech Science is delivered in The Department also participates in an interdisciplinary
conjunction with one of the world’s leading forensic MPhil/doctoral programme in Language and
speech laboratories, JP French Associates. The Communication, together with the Departments
course focuses on the key forensic tasks of speaker of Psychology, Education and Sociology. For more
identification, questioned utterance analysis, speaker information see page 125.
profiling and line-ups or ‘identification parades’.
This degree is not offered as a vocational AVAILABLE FUNDING
qualification, although successful completion will
The Department typically receives ESRC and AHRC
increase your employability in a forensic setting.
studentships each year which provide funding
Term 1 will provide you with both a general
for Masters and doctoral students. News on the
introduction to forensic speech science and a thorough
studentships that will be available for 2019 will appear
grounding in the general principles and methodologies
on the University’s website from autumn 2018.
of language variation, phonetics and acoustics.
The University offers a range of studentships and
The modules in Term 2 are largely practical in focus,
scholarships for full-time graduate students, some of
enabling you to extend your experience in phonetic and
which may be available to applicants for postgraduate
acoustic analysis using a variety of recorded materials.
Linguistics degrees. Up-to-date information is available
In Term 3 you apply your knowledge and skills in a
on the University’s web pages at york.ac.uk/study/fees-
case-based module using authentic forensic materials.
funding/postgraduate. The Department also offers some
Research training is provided throughout the course,
scholarships and studentships. Visit our web pages at
which is completed with a dissertation.
Please note that funding application deadlines are
MA Linguistics (by research) very strict. Potential applicants for funding are advised
The MA (by research) is aimed at those with a solid to contact the Department by early January of the
background in linguistics as a whole and a sound proposed year of entry at the latest.
grasp of the areas in which you wish to specialise.
Some prior experience in independent research
would also be an advantage.
This MA involves training in general and sub-field-
specific research methodologies, attendance at any
taught modules deemed necessary, integration into one
of the departmental research groups and a dissertation.
Your application must include a detailed research
proposal. Feel free to ask us to put you in touch with
a relevant member of staff to discuss this proposal
before applying.


See our web pages for an up-to-date list.

Professor and Head of Department

Dunstan Brown, PhD (Surrey) – Morphology;
morphology-syntax interaction; typology

Paul Foulkes, PhD (Cambridge) – Phonetics; child language
acquisition; sociolinguistics; forensic phonetics
Peter French, PhD (Bristol) – Forensic speech science;
language and audio analysis
Paul Kerswill, PhD (Cambridge) – Sociolinguistics;
language variation and change; dialect contact
Giuseppe Longobardi, PhD (Pisa) – Syntax; semantics;
historical-comparative linguistics
Richard Ogden, DPhil (York) – Phonetics; phonology;
conversation analysis; Firthian prosodic analysis
Susan Pintzuk, PhD (Pennsylvania) – Syntactic variation
and change in the history of Germanic languages
Peter Sells, PhD (Massachusetts) – Syntactic, semantic
and morphological theory; East Asian linguistics
Marilyn Vihman, PhD (Berkeley) – Phonetics; phonology;
child language development; child bilingualism

Senior Lecturers
Sam Hellmuth, PhD (SOAS) – Phonology;
prosody of Arabic varieties
Tamar Keren-Portnoy, PhD (Jerusalem) – Phonological
development; early syntax
Carmen Llamas, PhD (Leeds) – Language variation and change;
sociolinguistic methodologies
Heather Marsden, PhD (Durham) – Second language acquisition;
syntax and semantics; research methodology
Ann Taylor, PhD (Pennsylvania) – History of English;
language variation and change; corpus linguistics
George Tsoulas, PhD (Paris) – Syntactic theory;
semantic theory; the syntax–semantics interface
Dominic Watt, PhD (Newcastle) – Phonetics;
language variation and change; forensic phonetics

Claire Childs, PhD (Newcastle) – Language variation and change;
dialect syntax
Vince Hughes, PhD (York) – Forensic speech science;
phonetics; phonology; sociophonetics and sociolinguistics
Kobin Kendrick, PhD (California, Santa Barbara) –
Conversation analysis; interactional linguistics
Norman Yeo, PhD (York) – Formal semantics
Eva Zehentner, PhD (Vienna) – Historical linguistics;
diachronic morpho-syntax; language variation and change
Eytan Zweig, PhD (New York) – Formal semantics;

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Our alumni have gone on to legal training, as well as positions in government, professional
bodies and charities. Our students benefit from the unique combination of our innovative
problem-based learning approach together with rigorous academic study and traditional
teaching methods. This gives them the opportunity to apply their learning to realistic
scenarios in a genuine collaboration with their fellow students and their tutors.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

LLM International Corporate LLM Professional Practice

and Commercial Law FT 1yr (Corporate Commercial) FT 10mo
LLM International Human Rights MA Law (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
Law and Practice FT 1yr, PT 2yr MPhil FT 2yr, PT 4yr
LLM Legal and Political Theory FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD FT 3yr, PT 6yr
LLM Law FT 1yr MA Social Research: see page 194
LLM Art Law FT 1yr


Dr Sarah Wilson, Chair of Graduate Board IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in Writing and no less
york.ac.uk/law than 6.5 in other components
Postgraduate taught enquiries: +44 (0)1904 325737 For further details, see pages 30 and 48
Postgraduate research enquiries: +44 (0)1904 325818

York Law School offers a growing range of international labour law, comparative labour law, EU law,
postgraduate programmes, underpinned the legal profession, legal theory and legal education.
by a commitment to the highest standards We offer a distinctive approach to legal education
of education and research. Our purpose-
▪▪ balance – creating a blend of theoretical,
built accommodation on Campus East
practical, and skills-based approaches
provides exceptional facilities and a dynamic
▪▪ social and economic context
environment for learning and research.
The School combines an international outlook, ▪▪ integration with other disciplines
academic rigour, interdisciplinary strength and the study ▪▪ world-class research informing everything we do.
of law in different contexts. We work closely with the
All degree courses at York Law School are based on the
legal profession, with practitioners from national and
principle that a 21st-century Law graduate requires more
international firms involved in the design and delivery
than a thorough knowledge of legal rules. A rounded
of key aspects of all our programmes. In postgraduate lawyer understands law in its economic and theoretical
taught courses there are close links with other York contexts while developing skills and techniques which
departments and the Centre for Applied Human provide a solid foundation for the world of work.
Rights. Our research strengths include: international and The Department was equal fifth in the Times
comparative corporate and commercial law, trust law, Higher Education’s rankings of the 2014 Research
public law and administrative law, international human Excellence Framework assessment results and had the
rights law, law and social policy, international trade law, highest overall proportion of research designated as
intellectual property law, law and history, financial crime, internationally excellent or world-leading.
environmental law, criminal law, obligations, housing law,

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OUR COURSES which we disagree about how best to live?’ These issues
are both political and legal. States – and increasingly,
The Law School offers six distinct taught postgraduate
international institutions – regulate citizens’ lives
courses, as well as an MA by research and a PhD. The
through law. These regulations, for example, over ‘hate
LLM in International Corporate and Commercial Law
speech’ or the wearing of religious clothing or symbols
integrates the Law School’s pioneering problem-based
in public, raise profound questions of the proper relation
learning with traditional seminars and a thesis on a
of citizens to one another and to the state. The LLM in
subject of your choice. Our other courses are the LLM in
Legal and Political Theory offers the opportunity to study
International Human Rights Law and Practice, the LLM
the central issues and approaches of legal and political
in Legal and Political Theory, the LLM in Law, the LLM in
theory, and to consider the relations between them.
Art Law, and the LLM in Professional Practice (Corporate
The core modules will introduce you to the
Commercial). The PhD in Law is a research degree of
fundamental questions of legal and political theory,
three years, supported by a training programme in legal
while a wide range of option modules will allow
research skills provided by the Department, and sessions
you to pursue your particular intellectual interests.
on transferable skills provided by the Researcher
Your dissertation, on a topic of your choice and
Development Team.
written under the supervision of a member of staff,
completes the course.
LLM International Corporate
and Commercial Law LLM Law
The globalisation of commerce, law and the legal The LLM in Law enables you to develop a personal
profession demands an understanding of comparative, programme of study to further your interests in areas
transnational and international law and therefore of law from across our LLM degree courses. Your
adds a layer of complexity. This LLM is designed to programme will be underpinned by two core modules:
address this complexity. It aims to develop a deeper Legal Systems: Sources and Operation, and Research
understanding of how international corporate and Methods and Skills. You will add your choice of modules
commercial law operates in the real world. It will enable from other taught LLM courses. You will complete
successful students to pursue a wide range of careers
in business or return to professional practice with an
enhanced understanding of various important areas What drew me to the LLM in
of law and practice.
This course should appeal to anyone with an interest International Corporate and
in cross-border transactions and international business. Commercial Law was its applicability for
Students come from a number of different countries.
Whatever your background you will discover areas of employment and the broad range of
law that are ‘foreign’ but may well be from the national
modules on offer. One of the highlights
jurisdiction of a fellow student.
The LLM offers a flexible mix of core and option was taking part in a live negotiation
modules designed to ensure that you are able to study
a wide range of different legal subjects and to gain a
with a Law School in Boston. Each
proper international perspective in the field of corporate student went through the whole
governance and commercial law.
process of a complex international
LLM International Human Rights commercial deal. Within the School,
Law and Practice
We offer the LLM International Human Rights Law and
the interaction between students and
Practice, supported by the Centre for Applied Human staff is friendly and collaborative. It has
Rights. See page 121 for information.
given me the tools and confidence to
LLM Legal and Political Theory launch my career.”
It is sometimes said that political theory concerns the
questions of ‘who gets what?’ and ‘who says?’ In modern Elliott, LLM International Corporate
pluralistic societies, an additional question arises: ‘how and Commercial Law
can we live together peacefully in circumstances in

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the course with a supervised dissertation on a topic client communications and legal documents, negotiating
inspired by one or more of your chosen modules. You with other law firms, and presenting arguments to
can therefore tailor your own programme of study, to resolve disputes.
prepare for further academic study or a range of legal In addition to transactions and matters, you will
careers including progression to the next stage of work on an independent learning project, developing
professional qualification, or for a wide range of other know-how on two related areas of law of your choice.
employment opportunities. At the same time, you can The teaching methods are innovative, practical and
enjoy the benefits of world-class research-led teaching, relevant, integrating problem-based learning, simulations,
problem‑based learning, and learning law in context. student law firms and supervision throughout by a
designated ‘senior partner’ tutor. This is augmented by
LLM Art Law masterclasses from legal practitioners and academics.
The LLM in Art Law is a collaborative and cross- Your background: taught degree courses
disciplinary course which will provide you with a deep Applicants will normally be expected to have obtained
understanding of the complex legal, artistic, social an undergraduate degree with honours (typically 2:1 or
and ethical problems raised by the global trade in art, equivalent), though you can apply with a good 2:2 degree
estimated at over $45 billion in 2017 (TEFAF Art Market (or equivalent) and at least three years of relevant work
Report 2017). Art law is an exciting and fast-developing experience. Some academic study in law or practical
area of commercial, legal and academic research experience of law is desirable though not essential.
significance. The LLM in Art Law offers opportunities to The LLM in Professional Practice requires a 2:1 or
develop valuable skills for work in the art world in areas equivalent in Law.
such as private-client legal practice, fine-art insurance,
the not-for-profit sector, galleries, museums and cultural MA Law (by research)
heritage. The course is co-taught by academic specialists
The MA in Law (by research) is a one-year full-time, or
from the Department of History of Art and York Law
two-year part-time, postgraduate research programme.
School, thus providing an integrated, cross-disciplinary
It allows you to undertake in-depth and individually
learning environment in which to explore legal,
supervised research on a topic of your choice. You can
practical, commercial, ethical and financial issues arising
develop your own programme of study that will best
in the art world.
enable you to fulfill your individual aims. At the core
The LLM in Art Law uses a variety of teaching
of this programme is a dissertation of 20,000–30,000
methods including problem-based learning, which gives
words. The part-time version of the degree is ideal
you opportunities to work both collaboratively in a
for legal professionals. The programme also offers
student law firm and individually, gaining exposure to
opportunities for students to progress to a PhD
the multi-faceted nature of art law. You will choose a
programme at York Law School.
focused History of Art module (from a range of options)
to gain subject-specific knowledge and inter-disciplinary Your background
insights. Your dissertation, on an art law topic of your You will possess a good first degree (typically a 2:1 or
choice, completes the course. There will be opportunities equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline. Applications
to enhance your know-how and networks through a field are welcomed from both home and overseas students.
trip and masterclasses from guest speakers.
LLM Professional Practice We offer supervision for MPhil or PhD degrees across
(Corporate Commercial) a number of topics; please see the staff list below
This LLM will help you develop knowledge, skills for details of our research strengths. We welcome
and commercial awareness relevant to a career interdisciplinary research; co-supervision arrangements
in professional legal practice advising corporate with other departments and centres are possible.
commercial clients. You will work in a student law Researchers are supported by a training programme
firm on a range of simulated legal transactions and with regular workshops on a range of methodological
matters, through which you will develop understanding approaches and on managing elements of the research
of business organisations, commercial law, intellectual project. In addition, a programme of transferable skills
property, employment, litigation and property law, training is available through the Researcher Development
as well as the legal profession and the legal services Team. Advanced training is offered in the context
market. You will advise clients and progress transactions of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre with the
and matters, interacting with simulated clients, drafting Universities of Leeds and Sheffield. Research students

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are encouraged to participate in the Law School’s AVAILABLE FUNDING
seminar series and brown bag work-in-progress sessions.
For information on available funding visit
In your application, please make your proposed area
of research as specific as possible, indicate your own
academic background, and state which member(s)
of staff you would like to work with as part of your
supervisory team.
Your background: research degree programmes
You will possess a good first degree (typically a
2:1 or equivalent) in Law or a cognate discipline,
and preferably a Masters degree. Applications are
welcomed from both home and overseas students.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Phillip Morgan, MA (Cambridge), BCL (Oxford), FRSA, Barrister
– Contract; tort; commercial law; law and autonomous systems;
Professor and Head of School courts and litigation
Caroline Hunter, BA (Oxford), Barrister – Regulation and Charlotte O’Brien, LLM (Leeds), PhD (Liverpool) – EU social law;
control of anti-social behaviour; dispute resolution UK welfare law; equality and fundamental rights
Sarah Wilson, LLB, PhD (Swansea) – Equity and trusts;
Professors financial crime; 19th-century British history
TT Arvind, PhD (UEA) – Obligations; commercial law and
arbitration; legal realism; legal history; regulation; common law Lecturers
Stuart Bell, LLB (Sheffield), Barrister – Environmental law Isra Black, LLB (KCL), Licence-M1 (Paris), PhD (KCL) –
Healthcare law; normative jurisprudence; moral philosophy
Simon Halliday, LLB (Edinburgh), PhD (Strathclyde) –
Public law; public administration; administrative justice Patrick Gallimore, PhD (York), LLM (London), Barrister –
Criminal law and litigation; litigation skills; legal history
Matt Matravers, PhD (London) – Philosophy of criminal law;
legal theory; crime and punishment Jenny Gibbons, LLM (Aberystwyth), Solicitor – Public law;
human rights; international law; legal education
Richard Nolan, MA (Cambridge), Barrister – Corporate law;
trust law; equitable doctrine in commerce; legal development Joanna Gilmore, PhD (Manchester) – Criminal law; counter-
terrorism; public order law; human rights; police powers
Scott Slorach, MA (Oxford), Solicitor – Legal education
curriculum design; legal skills; corporate; banking and insolvency Peter Harrison, PhD (Bristol), PhD (York), FRSA, Solicitor –
Intellectual property; indigenous rights
Jenny Steele, LLM (Bristol), Solicitor – Tort law and obligations;
legal theory; law and risk; environmental law Kate Leader, LLM (London), PhD (Sydney), PhD (LSE) –
International criminal justice; access to justice
Reader Jed Meers, LLB, MRes, PhD (York) – UK welfare law; housing law;
Lawrence McNamara, BEc (Monash), LLB (Sydney), PhD local government; social right
(Sydney) – Regulation of speech; defamation; counter-terrorism Ailbhe O’Loughlin, LLB (Dublin), MSc (Oxford), PhD (LSE) –
Criminology; criminal law; mental health law
Senior Lecturers
Nicolas Rennuy, MA (Ghent), LLM (Cambridge) – EU social
Ioana Cismas, PhD (Graduate Institute, Geneva) – International
security law; free movement; private international law; refugees
law; international human rights law; law and religion;
transitional justice Emma Waring, PhD (Cambridge), LLM (Harvard) – Land
law; property theory; compulsory acquisition; property and
Laurence Etherington, PhD (Nottingham Trent) – Legal
human rights; personal property; art law; private client; heritage
profession and ethics; environmental law and regulation
Chris Wilkinson, CPE, LSF, PGCert CEIGHE – Employability tutor
Ben Fitzpatrick, BA (Cambridge), PGCLTHE (Leeds) – Criminal
law; criminal justice; evidence; human rights; legal philosophy Kathryn Wright, LLB (Kent), PhD (UEA) – EU law;
competition law; comparative law; law and language
Martin Jones, BA (Queens), LLB (UBC) – International human
rights law; refugee law

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Postgraduate research enquiries: +44 (0)1904 325818
Our courses offer you the opportunity to engage in study on your terms, developing a range of
transferable skills while extending your subject knowledge. With an emphasis on writing and
research skills, the courses offer a strong foundation for future study, as well as the chance to
pursue areas of personal interest.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

PGDip Astronomy (by distance learning) PT 2yr

PGDip Creative Writing (by distance learning) PT 2yr
PGDip The Geology of Northern England (by distance learning) PT 2yr
PGDip Parish Church Studies: History, Heritage and Fabric (by distance learning) PT 2yr
MA Railway Studies (by distance learning) PT 3yr
MA English Building History (by distance learning) PT 3yr


Amanda Pauw, Postgraduate Administrator IELTS 7.0 or equivalent with no less than 6.5 in Writing
york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning For further details, see pages 30 and 48
+44 (0)1904 328482

The Centre for Lifelong Learning offers high- Since 2007, we have developed an extensive range
quality, distance learning provision, focusing of distance learning courses to reach learners nationally
on first-rate student engagement and flexible and around the world. In that time, we have taught
models of delivery. As an established learning hundreds of students from the UK and around the
globe, and have used our expertise to devise part-time
provider, we offer a variety of educational
postgraduate courses that offer you flexible study without
opportunities, and have received numerous
compromising academic rigour. Our approach is to
Vice‑Chancellor’s Awards for the standard create vibrant and dynamic learning experiences despite
of our teaching and student support. students’ distance from one another, fostering a sense of
The Centre for Lifelong Learning is a thriving unit community through keenly facilitated learning.
within the University, offering innovative learning Our technology-enhanced delivery uses the University’s
opportunities both locally and globally, with a specific virtual learning environment, Yorkshare, to ensure
remit of supporting non-traditional students as they that you receive a comprehensive learning experience
return to learn. The Centre offers around 300 evening regardless of when or where you engage, and without the
and day classes during the academic year, receiving need for extensive IT knowledge. All of our online learning
around 3,000 applications annually. We aim to make is supported by experienced staff and our flexible courses
the University a place for everyone, priding ourselves are the ideal way to extend your learning.
on working in partnership with University departments, In the interests of flexible learning, the distance
external funding bodies and local agencies throughout learning awards in Astronomy and Creative Writing
our work. now offer a second start date in each academic year, in
January. Please contact the Centre for further information.


OUR COURSES Weekends. Here, learners come together to strengthen
bonds, reinforce learning and enjoy contact with
Each postgraduate course can be taken on a part-time
practitioners in the field. The award builds on our
basis over two or three years, comprising a variety of
many years of experience in the international distance
learning materials and activities. Each course consists
learning arena and makes good use of York’s vibrant
of different modules, assessed by a range of methods
literary opportunities.
appropriate to the topics covered and facilitated by
The course comprises six 20-credit modules,
teaching staff with expertise in the field. Visit york.ac.uk/
currently as follows:
lifelonglearning for the latest details about all Lifelong
▪▪ Year 1 – Creative Practice: Creativity, Theory and the
Learning programmes of study.
Craft of Writing; Critical Approaches: Methodology,
Your background Research and Literature; Compressed Fiction: The Art
We would normally expect you to hold a first degree of the Short Story
(with a second-class honours or above) in a subject ▪▪ Y
 ear 2 – Poetic Power: Theory and Practice in
related to the course for which you are applying. Contemporary Poetry; Sustained Fiction: The Novel
However, applications will be assessed on an individual as Narrative; Dramaturgy, Sound and Screen
basis, and, in line with the ethos of lifelong learning,
we will consider applicants who do not hold traditional
PGDip The Geology of Northern England
qualifications, providing they can demonstrate their
(by distance learning)
ability to study at this level.
From the spectacular geology of the Lake District
PGDip Astronomy World Heritage Site and Northumberland National
(by distance learning) Park to the Yorkshire Jurassic ‘Dinosaur Coast’ and
the mineral wealth of the Pennines, northern England
This Postgraduate Diploma will offer home astronomers,
has a rich and diverse geological history, spanning
who may have graduated in subjects other than
almost 500 million years. Through examination of
Physics, the opportunity to gain a formal postgraduate
the region and its classic geological sites, students
qualification in Astronomy and Astrophysics, and
on this Postgraduate Diploma course will explore the
is designed to give you a robust and up-to-date
main principles and concepts of geology and acquire
background in these areas. Over the course of two years,
we will explore the solar system, stellar physics and
infrared, radio and high-energy astronomy, as well as
discussing the foundations of cosmology. Although working online, I never
By its very nature, astronomy is a mathematical
subject; students will therefore need a background felt alone; the staff are supportive
in this area, although fully supported Mathematics
masterclasses will be a permanent feature on the course
at all levels with academic and
for those who need to refresh their skills. The modules administrative advice. Also there are
are currently as follows:
▪▪ Year 1 – Introduction to Astronomy; Stars and
many opportunities for interaction with
Galaxies; Planetary Science fellow students. There is a serious depth
▪▪ Y
 ear 2 – Radio Astronomy; Relativity and High Energy to the work assigned, and academic
Astronomy; Particles and Cosmology
development gained from active
PGDip Creative Writing involvement in background reading
(by distance learning)
Led by Elizabeth Linklater, the Postgraduate Diploma
programmes and online tasks. The
in Creative Writing is a two-year part-time course, atmosphere generated throughout is
aimed at writers wishing to develop their creative and
critical skills at an advanced level. The course adopts
positive and further inspired by relaxed
an all-encompassing approach to the discipline, taking and friendly writers’ weekends.”
in a variety of genres and exploring the major forms of
prose, poetry and scripts with support from established David, PGDip Creative Writing
writers and publishers at our biannual optional Writers’

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the knowledge and tools with which to interpret MA Railway Studies
larger-scale Earth processes and structures. (by distance learning)
During the course, students will also assess
The MA in Railway Studies is a three-year part-time course
the region’s importance to current and historical
offered in collaboration with the York Management
Earth Science controversies, from fracking to School. You will gain a wide-ranging understanding of
climate change, and acquire an understanding of the social, cultural, political, business, economic and
the region’s vital role in the history of geology. technological history of Britain's railways between 1825
The course will also examine human interactions and 2010. As well as engaging with current themes and
with the rocks and landscapes of northern England debates, you will receive training in skills of analysis,
from the Stone Age to the present day. explore sources used by railway historians, and learn about
Each year, towards the start of the first module, you different approaches to researching and writing railway
will be required to attend a five-day residential course; history. In the third year, you will complete a 12,000-word
attendance is compulsory as the residential programme original research project on any subject in the field of
contains key content and contact hours. railway, transport or mobility history.
▪▪ Year 1 – Origins – the Development of Geology in The course provides students with valuable
Northern England; Dales, Vales and Lakes – the transferable skills applicable to careers in the heritage and
Paleozoic of Northern England; Moors and Coast – museums sector, journalism, education or law. It can act
the Mesozoic of Northern England; as a stepping stone to further graduate research in history
▪▪ Y
 ear 2 – Advanced Palaeoenvironmental Analysis; or related subjects. It can also act as a bridge from an
Fire and Ice – the Cenozoic of Northern England; 'amateur' interest in railway history to an understanding
People and Landscape – the Human Geology of of the ongoing academic discourse on the subject.
Northern England ▪▪ Y
 ear 1 – The Coming of the Railways to Britain,
1825–1900; The Declining Profitability of the Railway
Industry, 1870–1914; British Railway Workers,
PGDip Parish Church Studies: History,
Heritage and Fabric (by distance learning)
▪▪ Y
 ear 2 – The Role of the Railways: Railways and
In association with the Churches Conservation Trust,
Government, 1888–1939; The Railways and Society:
this course offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain
The Railways after the Second World War 1945–1973;
detailed and practical knowledge of the history, use,
Privatising British Rail, 1979–2010
art, care and conservation of the English parish church,
from the Anglo-Saxon era to the modern day. The online ▪▪ Year 3 – Independent Study Module
format offers an opportunity to study in your own home
and somewhat at your own pace, extensively supported
by an expert in the field and learning as part of an
active online community.
Since I work full-time, I needed a
The only course of this type in Britain, the flexible online programme to
Postgraduate Diploma in Parish Church Studies enables
those wishing to enhance their understanding of local
complement my working patterns and
sites of importance the chance to develop new areas of this course format was perfect.
expertise. It is equally valuable for graduate research and
careers in a variety of sectors including the museums
Participating in the weekly blogs,
and heritage sector, the Church, teaching, archives, as the residential week and module
well as lay staff, volunteers and those with a general
interest in the parish landscape. assessments has noticeably enhanced
The course comprises six 20-credit modules: the quality of my written and verbal
▪▪ Year 1 – Sources and Issues for the History of the
Parish and Parish Church; Objets d'art, Objects of communication and analytical skills.
Faith; Worship and Ritual in Context Beyond work, I now see our landscape
▪▪ Y
 ear 2 – Parish and Community; Church and
Churchyard; The Use, Conservation and Change
through new eyes.” 
of Church Buildings Daniel, PGDip The Geology of Northern England


MA English Building History The course comprises six 20-credit modules, followed
(by distance learning) by a 60-credit Independent Study Module which also
requires participation in an assessed lecture. Current
This degree course is delivered in collaboration with the
module titles are as follows:
Department of Archaeology. It broadly covers England’s
▪▪ Year 1 – An Introduction to the Historic Built
architectural history from the Anglo-Saxon period to
Environment; The Medieval Era; Early Modern Period
the present day. A range of significant buildings and
sites from vernacular dwellings to the country house ▪▪ Y
 ear 2 – The Neo-Classical Tradition;
are considered. As well as engaging with key themes The ‘Modern’ Movement; Approaches to
and debates, students will be trained in the practical Historic Buildings Research
skills of analysis. A variety of such experience is offered, ▪▪ Year 3 – Independent Study Module
via independent weekly activities threaded throughout
each module, including participation in an optional RESIDENTIAL WEEKENDS
residential weekend in the summer of the first year, in
All our courses include at least one residential weekend
the Yorkshire region. You will learn how to recognise
at York. Each event is an opportunity to meet teaching
archetypal styles, and how these were shaped by
staff, network with fellow students, engage in study
technological, social, economic, geographic and cultural
activities and hear experts talk about specific topic
forces; different methods of investigation; and the
areas. These weekends are free of charge, though
relevance of such buildings today, drawing on examples
students will be expected to meet the cost of their
from across the country.
travel, accommodation and sustenance.
The course provides students with a range of highly
transferable skills required for future employment
and critical to a wide range of positions within the
archaeology, art and heritage sectors, and also in law,
local government planning, chartered surveying and
estate/land management, accountancy and financial
services, teaching, the police and civil service, as well
as providing sound knowledge for further graduate
research. It can also serve as valuable CPD for numerous
professional qualifications and memberships related to
English Building History.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Annette McGrath, PhD (Leicester) – Basin evolution and
dynamics; structural geology; sedimentology; petroleum
Head of Lifelong Learning geology; geochemistry; igneous geology; petrophysics
Iain Barr, PGCAP (York) – Education; technology enhanced David Turner, PhD (York) – British railway history;
learning; new media tramway history; management and organisational history
Emma Wells, PhD (Durham) – Late medieval/early modern
Associate Lecturers religious, architectural and cultural history of Britain; pilgrimage,
Ben Johnstone-Bray, MSc (York) – Astronomy; cult/commemoration; material/built culture
science engagement
Elizabeth Linklater, MA (Kingston upon Thames) –
Creative writing; ekphrasis; spoken performance

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Our graduates are developing careers in management roles worldwide, in accounting and
finance, many with the ‘big four’ (EY, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG) in the UK and internationally; in
investment banking in London; in public sector roles in local government, police, education
and health; and in small- to medium-sized enterprises. Some students continue their studies,
joining the York Management School doctoral programme.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Management FT 1yr MSc Social Media and Management FT 1yr

MSc Human Resource Management FT 1yr MSc Finance, Leadership 
MSc Management with Business Finance FT 1yr and Management (online) PT 2yr
MSc Accounting and Financial Management FT 1yr MSc Innovation, Leadership 
and Management (online) PT 2yr
MSc International Business FT 1yr
MSc International Business,  
MSc International Strategic Management FT 1yr Leadership and Management (online) PT 2yr
MSc International Business and PhD FT 3yr, PT 6yr
Strategic Management FT 1yr
MA Social Research: see page 194
MSc Global Marketing FT 1yr
MSc Corporate Sustainability and 
Environmental Management FT 1yr


Postgraduate Administrator IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with no less than 6.5 in
+44 (0)1904 325052 Writing and no less than 6.0 in other components
management-postgrad@york.ac.uk for taught degrees
PhD Administrator IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in
+44 (0)1904 325025 other components, or equivalent, for research degrees
management-phd@york.ac.uk For MSc Social Media and Management, see page 197
york.ac.uk/management For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The York Management School offers a range Our international expertise and extensive links with
of postgraduate courses that are based on a wide range of external organisations underpin our
influential scholarship, an international profile postgraduate curriculum. You will study a range of key
and strong links with business. By using rigorous interdisciplinary issues affecting the modern workplace.
Depending on your chosen degree, this may include
methods to address real-world problems,
questions concerning globalisation; sustainability;
we will help you develop into an intellectual,
risk and financial stability; ethical management and
entrepreneurial, and highly employable graduate. business behaviour, and the interrelationship between
With approximately 400 postgraduate students, we governments, business and commerce, as well as using
pride ourselves on our friendly, student-oriented values large datasets to solve complex problems.
and our ability to respond to individual student needs. By studying in a supportive, intellectually rigorous
As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, we put environment that focuses on real-world problems, and
you at the cutting edge of research into effective and by using our careers support services, you will graduate
ethical business and accountancy management. with the skills and expertise to move with confidence
into management careers or further study.

OUR COURSES opportunities to develop key skills and knowledge about
managing in an international context.
Our Masters degree courses comprise three distinct Even if you have not studied Management before, this
sections. In Term 1 you will undertake a series of core is the course for you. Alternatively, if you have been in
modules with assessment and examination in January. employment after graduation you may wish to use the
In Term 2 you will take additional core modules and qualification for career progression or to change the
select others from a range of options, with a second direction of your career.
period of examination in April. From May onwards you
will research and complete a dissertation for submission MSc Human Resource Management
in September. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
You will attend lectures, tutorials and other smaller- Development (CIPD)
group teaching sessions and undertake independent This is a specialist course that teaches human resource
study. Your course is carefully designed by subject management theory and practice. It explores the current
experts within the School to ensure that you reach research agenda, best practice and innovative thinking
the required learning outcomes. Many modules also in human resource management. It is suited to those
include coursework, either individually or in a group, wishing to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to
that will contribute to your final grade. This involves become an HR specialist in a range of organisations.
developing your ability to collaborate professionally Successful completion of this CIPD-accredited degree will
and socially with people with different backgrounds, lead to exemption from the knowledge requirement for
life experiences and skills. The School highly values its Chartered Member status of CIPD. This Masters degree,
wide-ranging diversity. together with CIPD Chartered Membership, will enhance
A personal supervisor will support you individually your career prospects in this rapidly growing sector.
through your programme of study. The School provides
Your background
a number of informal events, including lectures from
business leaders, sessions to develop your employability, You should have a degree in Business, Management
and social events. In addition to the University’s careers or any other social science subject.
service, the School has its own Careers Advisers who
will provide you with advice on developing your CV,
improving your assessment performance and building
a professional social media presence.
Your background
The MSc in Global Marketing is a
For all our courses, ideally you should have at least a
2:1 degree or equivalent, or alternatively have a 2:2 and well-rounded programme focusing
work experience of two years or more in a related field
of work.
on the different aspects of marketing
in a global context and attracting
MSc Management
students from around the world. The
This course offers a broad introduction to all domains
of management, as well as the knowledge and skills lecturers are very knowledgeable and
necessary for you to undertake a range of specialised
management roles. In addition to an intensive
passionate about their subject and very
introduction to financial management, strategy, approachable and friendly. Throughout
organisational behaviour, marketing and human
resource management, a wide range of optional the year we’ve also had excellent guest
modules in Term 2 provides you with an excellent speakers from industry and academia,
opportunity to develop specialised interdisciplinary
knowledge and effective practice in areas of your choice. enabling me to make useful contacts
Given the contemporary challenges confronting for my future career.”
global organisations, the course content places a strong
emphasis on students’ understanding and practice of Charlotte, MSc Global Marketing
ethical management. Students will also have multiple

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MSc Management with Business Finance MSc International Strategic Management
This course combines general management functions This specialist Masters degree gives students an
(information handling, finance, managerial economics opportunity to study how strategy is formulated,
and strategy) with operations management and options articulated and enacted in a global context. The
in specialist areas such as managerial accounting, public course is designed to provide students with the skills
sector management, markets and investment, and risk. and outlook necessary to thrive in an increasingly
Your dissertation is likely to be in a similar specific area interconnected global workplace. It will cover a
of your choice. variety of topics including strategic management,
Your background strategy in global organisations, managing people, and
international political economy. It also includes specialist
A background in Economics, Business or Management
training in research methods.
(or a similar undergraduate degree) is essential.
Applicants must have studied some economics at Your background
undergraduate level and preferably have advanced A degree in any subject is valid, although preference
numerical skills. may be given to business and social science graduates.

MSc Accounting and MSc International Business

Financial Management and Strategic Management
This specialist Masters degree is intended to build on This degree course offers an opportunity to study
your existing knowledge of accounting and finance. It elements of both International Business and
concentrates on the role of accounting and finance in International Strategic Management, with the
organisational management and will provide you with intention of allowing students to get a broader sense
a thorough grounding in accounting, finance, financial of the factors that shape international business and
management, financial reporting, financial markets, how strategy is articulated and enacted in a global
and investment and risk. context. The course will cover a variety of topics
Your background including strategic management, international
If you have a degree in Finance and/or Accountancy, business, strategy in global organisations, and
have studied a significant number of finance and managing people. The degree also includes
accounting modules within another degree, or have specialist training in research methods.
finance/accountancy professional qualifications and Your background
would like to study the subject at greater depth, this A degree in any subject is valid, although preference
MSc will help build your qualifications towards a career may be given to business and social science graduates.
in financial management and/or accountancy.
MSc Global Marketing
MSc International Business
This Masters degree specialises in marketing in the
This specialist Masters degree gives students an global business context. It gives students the opportunity
opportunity to study the factors that shape the to study a range of subjects on topical and exciting
international business environment and how marketing areas, including global marketing, brand
corporations respond to these challenges. The management, social and ethical marketing and digital
course is designed to provide students with the skills marketing. The course provides students with the
and outlook necessary to thrive in an increasingly knowledge and skills to pursue marketing careers in the
interconnected global workplace. It will cover a variety global private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
of topics including international business management, Research-informed teaching, creative assessment
emerging markets, international political economy, and and contributions from speakers from industry are key
managerial economics. Students will also get the chance features of this programme. It focuses on innovation
to develop their quantitative and qualitative research in global marketing in general and the areas of
skills through special modules. sustainability, marketing ethics, and the use of social
Your background media and internet communication tools in particular.
A degree in any subject is valid, although preference Your background
may be given to business and social science graduates.
A degree in any subject is valid although preference may
be given to students with some prior study of marketing
and/or business management.

MSc Corporate Sustainability and applications in the following areas: International
Environmental Management Business, Strategic Management, Human Resource
Management, Employment Relations, Organisational
This course is taught jointly with the Environment
Theory and Behaviour, Critical Management Studies,
Department; see page 100 for details.
Marketing, Operations Management, Accounting and
MSc Social Media and Management Finance and Actuarial Science.
A research proposal forms the basis of an application
This course is taught jointly with the Department of
to the York Management School for a place on the PhD
Sociology; for details see page 197.
programme. Applicants will have at least a merit award
at Masters degree level in a relevant subject and will
have a strong academic record or be willing to enrol on
MSc Finance, Leadership and the Masters in Social Research (see page 194) prior to
Management (online) the PhD. All applications should be made online via the
University web pages. For more information on what
MSc Innovation, Leadership and to include in the research proposal, please refer to the
Management (online) guidelines on the York Management School Research
MSc International Business, Leadership Programme web pages.
and Management (online)
Our online courses are designed for working AVAILABLE FUNDING
professionals and ambitious career changers. They give
Masters funding
you the flexibility to study alongside your professional
The University and the York Management School
and personal commitments. They are designed to
offer a range of Masters scholarships which students
develop three distinct skills required for innovation
can apply for once they hold an offer of a place from
in leadership: a critical approach to problem-solving,
the University. For more information on Masters funding
effective communication skills, and insight into your
visit york.ac.uk/management/taught-masters/scholarship.
own professional development.
The courses include cutting-edge content, designed PhD funding
by world-class academics and business leaders. Our For those seeking to embark on a PhD, a range of ESRC
international academic staff bring new perspectives and studentships are available. If you wish to apply for
global expertise. You will benefit throughout your career this fund, you are advised to speak to the Director of
from the ethical, socially responsible and international Postgraduate Research in advance of submitting your
themes that underpin all our courses. final proposal. There are also opportunities to apply for
For further information, visit online.york.ac.uk. Overseas Research Studentships and China Scholarship
Council-University of York scholarships. Each of these
RESEARCH DEGREES scholarships is highly competitive and decisions are
made approximately 10 months prior to a start date.
The York Management School is a member of the White
Therefore, those candidates seeking scholarships
Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership,
for their PhD studies should ensure that their PhD
accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council
applications are submitted as early as possible. For more
and a member of the European Doctoral Association
information regarding scholarships please see:
for Management and Business Administration. The
School has over 50 doctoral students and welcomes

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Bill Cooke, PhD (Manchester) – Strategic change management;
organisation development; consultancy skills and practice
Professor and Dean of School Teresa da Silva Lopes, PhD (Reading) – International business;
Mark Freeman, PhD (Warwick) – Accounting and financial business history; foreign direct investment; globalisation; strategy
management; capital budgeting and financial market investment Bob Doherty, PhD (Liverpool John Moores) – Strategic marketing;
marketing ethics; social entrepreneurship and fair trade
Carole Howorth PhD (Bradford) – Entrepreneurship; family
Peter Ball, PhD (Aston) – Operations management; sustainable business; social enterprise; governance; stewardship
manufacturing; eco-efficiency; supply chain; simulation modelling

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Philip Linsley, PhD (York), ICAEW – Risk disclosure; risk Lecturers
accounting; risk management systems; culture and risk Snehasish Banerjee, PhD (Nanyang Technological University,
Stephen Linstead, PhD, DLitt (Durham), AcSS – Arts and Singapore) – Digital marketing; consumer behaviour; social media
culture; philosophy; aesthetics; language; qualitative methods Henry Agyei-Boapeah, PhD (Loughborough) – Financial
Jill MacBryde, PhD (Strathclyde) – Operations management; accounting; mergers/acquisitions; corporate governance and
innovation; performance measurement; high-value manufacturing diversification; executive compensation
Robert McMurray PhD (Teesside) – Emotional labour; dirty work; Tim Chapman, MBA (Bradford) – International business
healthcare; wellbeing; voluntary sector; visual research methods strategy and international sales management
Alexander McNeil, PhD (Cambridge) – Actuarial science and Chris Corker, PhD (Sheffield Hallam) – Business and
statistics; quantitative finance and risk management management history; strategic management
Tony Royle, PhD (Nottingham Trent) – International-comparative Adriana Cornea-Madeira, PhD (Aix-Marseille) –
employment relations; EU social policy; fast-food, retail Econometrics; macroeconomics; finance
Jacco Thijssen, PhD (Tilburg, Netherlands) – Real options; timing Simon de Turberville, PhD (UMIST) – Employment relations;
games; ambiguity; incomplete markets; mathematical economics trade union organising; social theory
Victoria Wells, PhD (Keele) – Consumer behaviour; Beatrice D’Ippolito, PhD (Manchester) – Economics and
environmental behaviour; social marketing management of innovation; design; strategy; science
Senior Lecturers collaboration
Mark Egan, PhD (Leicester) – Social study of science and
Keith Anderson, PhD (Reading) – Stock market inefficiencies;
technology; organisation theory
financial ratios; bubbles
Jonathan Fanning, MSc (UMIST) – Employment and skills
Lynne Baxter, PhD (Manchester) – Critical approaches to
operations; performance improvement; supply chains Phil Garnett, PhD (York) – Complex systems theory;
network analysis; modelling and simulation
Caroline Chaffer, BA (Leeds) – Accounting and finance
Alex Gillett, PhD (Teesside) – Relationship marketing;
Anna Einarsdottir, PhD (London South Bank) – Gender and
industrial marketing; purchasing
sexual identity; inclusion; harassment and discrimination
Hector Gonzales-Jimenez, PhD (Bradford) – Cross-cultural
Fernando Fastoso, PhD (Bradford) – Cross-cultural marketing;
brand perceptions; the self and consumer behaviour
global branding and advertising
Matthias Hambach, PhD (York) – Corporate governance;
Alison Glaister, PhD (Leeds) – Talent management; HR
boards of directors; building societies
transformation; organisational networks; international HRM
Matthew Hollow, PhD (Oxford) – Issues relating to risk;
Shane Hamilton, PhD (MIT) – Strategic management;
instability; the history of fraud and corruption
international business; risk management; business history
Carolyn Hunter, PhD (Loughborough) – Sociology of work
Hafiz Hoque, PhD (Cass Business School) – Corporate finance;
and social constructivist methodologies
Islamic finance; bank regulations; systemic crisis; overconfidence
Joyce Jiang, PhD (Loughborough) – Migrant labour; art and
Luisa Huatuco, DPhil (Oxford) – Operations and supply
labour; social movement; ethnography
chain management; complexity; sustainability; high-value
manufacturing Yoo Jung Ha, PhD (Manchester) – International business;
foreign direct investment; innovation
David Kilgour, MBA (Edinburgh), MSc (Open) – Accounting
and finance Tina Kowalski, PhD (Edinburgh) – Employee wellbeing;
qualitative methods; social media in the workplace
Viktor Manahov, PhD (Newcastle) – Financial markets
Arun Kumar, PhD (Lancaster) – CSR and philanthropy;
Sinéad McCotter, MA (Middlesex) – Performance; coaching and
international development; NGOs; management history
mentoring; student experience
Kim Loader, MA (St Andrews) – Public sector finance
Simon Mollan, PhD (Durham) – Business and management
and accounting; public sector procurement
history; international development
Nadina Luca, PhD (Nottingham) – Social marketing;
Ian Money, BA (Nottingham Trent) – Accounting and finance
behaviour and social change; vulnerable consumers;
Fergal O’Connor, PhD (Trinity College Dublin) – Precious metals marketing and public policy; healthcare; sustainability;
markets; mining economics; international finance value co-creation, service‑dominant logic
Simon Sweeney, PhD (Leeds) – Politics of European integration; Sumohon Matilal, PhD (Essex) – Narrative methods;
political economy; internationalism accountability; calculative practices; SMEs
Mike Tse, PhD (Nottingham) – Supply chain risk management Natalie Paleothodoros, PhD (Lancaster) – Organisation studies;
Harry Venables, PhD (Sunderland) – Operations-based science and technology; qualitative methods
applied mathematics and mathematical modelling Fabien Pecot, PhD (Aix-Marseille) – Marketing; heritage
Jessica Wardman, PhD (York) – Mathematical modelling branding; consumption and politics
and statistics Jane Suter, PhD (Manchester) – Employee involvement
Jill Webb, MA (Newcastle) – Accounting and finance and participation; HR in small and medium enterprises
Kevin Tennent, PhD (LSE) – Management

Deepen your mathematical knowledge and move towards cutting-edge research under the
guidance of world-leading experts with one of our postgraduate courses. Many of our graduates
have gone on to successful careers in academia, research, teaching and business; notably in the
financial sector, including accountancy, banking, insurance and the stock market, and also in
consultancy and health/medical and biological sciences.

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Nicholas Page, Postgraduate Administrator IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component,
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The Department of Mathematics combines risk. In statistics we study many problems, ranging
world-class mathematical and interdisciplinary from traditional approaches through to Bayesian and
research with high quality postgraduate non-parametric techniques, and including the advanced
teaching, in which we place particular study of complex time series for purposes ranging from
econometrics to energy generation.
emphasis on a personal approach and a
Our taught Masters degree courses will equip
friendly atmosphere within our vibrant
you with specialist knowledge and mathematical
academic community. modelling skills. As a research student you will have
Our research is organised into seven groups: the opportunity to make your own original contribution
Algebra; Geometry and Analysis; Mathematical Biology to the advancement of knowledge in your field of
and Chemistry; Mathematical Finance and Stochastic interest. You will have access to the virtual graduate
Analysis; Mathematical Physics; Number Theory; school MAGIC, which video-links York with 19 other
Statistics and Probability. More details are given below UK Mathematics departments.
and on the Department website. Highlights include In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
the use of ideas from quantum integrable systems to assessment, 80 per cent of the Department’s research
extend the theory of special functions, the limits on activity, including the impact of our research, was
‘negative energy’ (necessary to make wormholes, warp designated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
drives and time machines) in quantum field theory, We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award for commitment
the development of a ‘mass transference principle’ to supporting women in mathematics and science.
which uses scaling laws to study the approximation of
real numbers by fractions, and the use of mathematics
in biology to explain the structure of viruses or the
swimming of sperm. In mathematical finance we
study the pricing of contracts based on many kinds of
underlying assets, from stocks to energy; our staff have
written textbooks with world-leading publishers on
topics from elementary stochastic processes to credit

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OUR COURSES Pre-sessional programme
The Department offers research supervision leading An online pre-sessional programme, Mathematical
to the degrees of MSc (by research), MPhil and PhD Foundations of Quantitative Finance, is offered to
in any of the research areas described on page 146. candidates who need to revise their mathematics
The Department also offers a range of taught Masters background in order to meet the admission
degree courses, with many of the classes taught in requirements before embarking on this MSc course.
our dedicated lakeside Masters’ Study Centre. These
are indicative at the time of writing, but you should MSc Mathematical Finance
check our website for more detail and for any updated This intensive one-year taught postgraduate course
information before you apply. provides employment opportunities in investment
banks, insurance companies, stock brokerage,
MSc Mathematical Sciences unit trusts, pension funds and corporate finance
This MSc in pure and applied mathematics consists departments. Graduates can embark on careers in
of specialised taught modules and an initial scoping pricing derivative financial securities, fund management,
project, followed by a major project over the summer. risk management, research and development, or pursue
Specialisms are based on our research areas, and further study to PhD level.
projects typically arise from the topics listed below. This course will give you a broad understanding of
In pure mathematics, the taught modules emphasise the mathematics that underpins modern quantitative
algebra and number theory supported by geometry finance and introduce you to the mathematical and
and analysis, and typically include algebraic groups, computational techniques (such as stochastic analysis,
Lie algebras and Lie groups, representation theory, partial differential equations and numerical methods)
semigroup theory, metric number theory, analytic that are used by practitioners in industry. Taught
number theory, Hilbert spaces, functional analysis and modules are delivered in the Autumn and Spring Terms,
Riemannian geometry. while the dissertation is completed under personal
The mathematical physics specialism is structured supervision during the summer.
around introductions to the twin foundations of Conversion Year
fundamental physics, general relativity and quantum The Conversion Year is offered to candidates who have
field theory, followed by advanced modules in these a good undergraduate (BSc) degree or equivalent but
areas and in quantum information. The mathematical whose mathematical background is insufficient for
biology specialism typically includes modules in viscous direct entry to this MSc programme.
and biological fluids, mathematical epidemiology and
ecology, and mathematical biology and medicine. Pre-sessional programme
These specialisms share modules in partial differential An online pre-sessional programme, Mathematical
equations and soft matter. Foundations of Quantitative Finance, is offered to
candidates who need to revise their mathematics
MSc Financial Engineering background in order to meet the admission
This course is delivered jointly by the Department of requirements before embarking on this MSc programme.
Mathematics and the Department of Economics and
Related Studies. It is intended for candidates who want MSc/PGDip/PGCert Mathematical Finance
to combine a rigorous study of relevant topics in applied (by online distance learning)
and computational mathematics with econometrics and This online course meets the needs of participants who
quantitative finance. wish to study Mathematical Finance without disrupting
Graduates will typically find quantitative finance jobs their professional or personal commitments. It is divided
in the City and other financial institutions or work in into three stages, Certificate, Diploma and Dissertation.
fund management, insurance, the actuarial profession, Successful completion of all three results in an MSc,
taxation, or continue study to PhD level. although the first two, or even individual modules,
The teaching component comprises a variety of can be followed separately. The programme utilises
relevant courses, allowing you to tailor the degree to interactive slide presentations and synchronous one-to-
your own interests. Topics include Econometric Methods, one tutorials via internet-conferencing with audio, video
Mathematical Methods of Finance, Stochastic Calculus and handwriting using a tablet attachment, alongside
and Black-Scholes Theory, and C++ Programming. The more traditional media.
programme includes a dissertation, to be written during
the summer.

Pre-sessional programme We have a rich research environment to support your
An online pre-sessional programme, Mathematics for studies: many of our research groups belong to UK or EU
Quantitative Finance, is offered to candidates who need research networks; we host weekly research seminars on
to revise their mathematics background in order many topics; graduate students run their own ‘graduate
to meet the admission requirements before embarking students only’ seminar and a range of reading groups;
on this MSc programme. and you will have access to a wide range of graduate-
level courses through the video-link network MAGIC.
MSc Statistics and The Foundation Phase year is directed at applicants
Computational Finance who require more extensive Masters-level initial training
before they embark on a PhD research project.
This one-year MSc course in Statistics and
Computational Finance aims to train you to work as Algebra
professional statisticians, not only at the interface Algebraic groups: linear algebraic groups and their
between statistics and finance, but also in sociology, representations, particularly in non-zero characteristic;
health science, medical science, biology and other geometric invariant theory. Representation theory of
scientific areas. The emphasis is on data analysis. It algebras: finite dimensional algebras; quantum groups
will equip you with contemporary statistical ideas and and Hecke algebras; Yangians and quantum affine
methodologies as well as advanced knowledge which algebras, with applications to quantum integrable
will make you very attractive to industry or academic systems. Homological methods in algebra, including
and government institutions. If you have an interest cohomology of sheaves on small categories. Semigroups:
in academic work, you may also decide to continue on partial symmetry via reflection monoids; structure
a PhD programme in Statistics or a related field, for theory for semigroups and the influence of idempotents;
which the MSc in Statistics and Computational Finance endomorphism monoids; semigroups of quotients;
provides a sound foundation. monoid actions; representations.
Your background
For admission to any of our taught Masters degrees
you will normally need at least a 2:1 honours degree in
Mathematics or a mathematics-based subject. For the
MSc in Financial Engineering, your degree should be
in finance or economics with sufficient background in
I wanted to develop my research
mathematical sciences, or in a mathematics-based field
with sufficient background in finance and economics. across the practical and
For the MSc in Mathematical Finance and the MSc in
Statistics and Computational Finance, such subjects
theoretical fields, and the approach
may include business, finance or economics if there at York fitted this perfectly. I’ve worked
is a sufficiently strong mathematics background
(equivalent to at least two years of university-level under interdisciplinary supervision and
Mathematics courses). the research seminars show how maths
For the MSc in Mathematical Finance (both
online and campus-based versions) and the MSc in is a tool in many areas of science. The
Financial Engineering, we also accept candidates
Department has supported my career
with a 2:2 honours degree provided they complete
the recommended online pre-sessional course and development: I attended the Academy
achieve a final grade of 60 per cent.
for PhD Training in Statistics, learned
MSc/MPhil/PhD research degrees how to use York’s High Performance
The following is a topic summary of the research you
could pursue in our Department. You will be assigned
Computing facilities, and attended a
a supervisor with whom you will meet regularly to conference for early career researchers
develop, plan and discuss the progress of your research
project. For more information about research degrees at
working on Complexity Science.”
York, see page 32.
Paula, PhD Mathematics

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Geometry and Analysis quantum integrable systems: quantum field theory, spin
Differential geometry: variational principles; harmonic chains, conformal field theory, string theory, models
maps and sections; variational theory of Riemannian of interacting particles; quantum groups and Yangians;
G-structures; integrable surface theory (minimal integrability in bulk, boundary and defect models;
surfaces, CMC surfaces, Willmore surfaces). Geometric relationship between gauge field theory and string
group theory: interplay between groups and manifolds, theory; classical, semi‑classical and non-perturbative
particularly in hyperbolic geometry. Analysis: functional field theory. Quantum foundations, information
analysis, operator theory; applications of analysis to and technology: quantum non-locality; uncertainty
integral and differential equations. relations; generalised probabilistic theories; discrete
structures in quantum theory; device-independent
Mathematical Biology and Chemistry quantum cryptography and random number generation.
Biological fluid dynamics of swimming micro-organisms, Quantum gravitation: quantum field theory in curved
from bacteria to spermatozoa; bacterial swarming in thin spacetimes; gravitons in the early universe; the
films; bioconvection; biofilms; biological and soft matter; Hawking effect; quantum energy inequalities; theory
flagellar dynamics; solid mechanics and elasticity; high- of radiation reaction.
frequency vibrations in fluids and plasma; hydrodynamic
Number Theory
stability theory; averaging and asymptotic methods;
Analytic and metric number theory: irrationality,
interfacial flows. Dynamical systems and stochastic
transcendence and algebraic independence.
processes in mathematical ecology; balanced fish
Diophantine approximation and its applications
harvest models; plankton dynamics and patchiness;
(in PDEs, signal processing, etc). Measure and
systems biology; algal biofuel production; biological
probability theory: geometry of numbers; dynamical
control of agricultural pests; virus structures and
systems; fractal geometry and ergodic theory.
assembly processes, including applications of group
Random matrix theory: applications to number theory,
theory; anti-viral strategies; mathematical physiology;
particularly to the distribution of L-function values.
wound healing. Chemometric techniques for big-data
processing; modelling biological chemical systems, Statistics and Probability
with applications from bioarchaeology to food safety; Non-parametric statistics; time series; survival analysis;
chemically driven hydrodynamic instabilities. Bayesian inference; financial econometrics and financial
data analysis; functional data analysis; spatial data
Mathematical Finance and Stochastic Analysis
analysis; structural equation models; high-dimensional
Option pricing in markets with friction and incomplete and big-data analysis; multi-scale methods, wavelet
markets; exotic and compound derivatives; energy techniques; longitudinal/panel data analysis; change-
markets; computational pricing techniques; entropy point problems; stochastic processes; coupling; perfect
and financial value of information; robust arbitrage simulation; stochastic stability; MCMC; random walks
and model-independent pricing, probability theory on groups.
and applications to mathematical finance; stochastic
Your background
differential equations. Stochastic analysis, including
stochastic differential equations and measures on Applicants for admission to graduate research degrees
infinite dimensional manifolds, rough paths and their in Mathematics should have or expect to obtain a
2:1 honours degree or higher in Mathematics or a
applications; stochastic PDEs, especially stochastic
mathematics-based subject.
Navier–Stokes, Euler and Landau–Lifshitz–Gilbert
equations in relation to turbulence and ferromagnetism; AVAILABLE FUNDING
the non-linear filtering problem, infinite systems of
Each year we have a number of studentships available
interacting particles; applications to mathematical
(from the EPSRC and other research councils) for the
physics, biology and finance; numerical methods: high-
fees and stipend of UK resident PhD students (fees
order cubature on Wiener space and finite element
only for other EU residents). We will have a number
methods for SPDEs; functional analysis.
of studentships available to suitable candidates from
Mathematical Physics all countries. Other funding is also available via the
Algebraic quantum field theory: mathematically rigorous University of York, including the Scholarship for
approaches to quantum field theory, particularly Overseas Students (SOS) and the Overseas Research
algebraic quantum field theory, in flat and curved space- Scholarship (ORS).
times; perturbative algebraic quantum field theory. For more information on funding, see our website
Related issues in quantum mechanics. Classical and york.ac.uk/maths/postgraduate/funding.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Senior Lecturers
Stephen Connor, PhD (Warwick) – Coupling; perfect simulation;
Professor and Head of Department stochastic stability
Niall MacKay, PhD (Durham) – Quantum field theory;
integrable systems; operations research Gustav Delius, PhD (SUNY, Stony Brook) – Stochastic models
of evolution; complex systems; quantum field theory
Professors Simon Eveson, DPhil (Sussex) – Functional analysis;
Martin Bees, PhD (Leeds) – Mathematical biology; bioconvection; positive operator theory
plankton dynamics; bacterial swarming; biocontrol Chris Hughes, PhD (Bristol) – Analytic number theory;
Victor Beresnevich, PhD, DSc (Minsk, Belarus) – Number theory; random matrix theory
Diophantine approximation Jason Levesley, DPhil (York) – Diophantine approximation;
Zdzislaw Brzezniak, PhD (Jagiellonian, Krakow) – Stochastic measure theory; Hausdorff dimension and measures
analysis; stochastic PDEs; Navier-Stokes equations Ian McIntosh, DIC, PhD (London) – Differential geometry;
Edward Corrigan, PhD (Cambridge), FRS – Classical and quantum integrable systems
field theory; integrable theories with boundaries and defects Kasia Rejzner, PhD (Hamburg) – Quantum field theory,
Stephen Donkin, PhD (Warwick) – Representation theory in particular in the algebraic framework
of algebraic groups and related topics Alet Roux, PhD (York) – Mathematical finance
Chris Fewster, PhD (Cambridge) – Mathematical issues Chris Wood, PhD (Warwick) – Analysis; differential geometry
in quantum and gravitational physics
Jamie Wood, DIC, PhD (London) (RCUK Fellow) – Mathematical
Victoria Gould, DPhil (York) – Semigroup theory; model theory biology; mathematical physics; statistical mechanics
Atsushi Higuchi, PhD (Yale) – Quantum field theory;
quantum gravity Lecturers
Maxim Nazarov, PhD (Moscow) – Representation theory; Henning Bostelmann, Dr.rer.nat. (Göttingen) –
quantum groups Algebraic quantum field theory; operator algebras

Evgeni Sklyanin, PhD (St Petersburg), FRS – Quantum Zaqueu Coelho, PhD (Warwick) – Ergodic theory and
and classical integrable systems; quantum groups dynamical systems

Reidun Twarock, PhD (TU Clausthal) – Quasicrystals; Roger Colbeck, PhD (Cambridge) – Quantum information
mathematical virology theory and the foundations of quantum mechanics

Sanju Velani, DPhil (York) – Number theory; dynamical systems; Emilie Dufresne, PhD (Queen’s, Ontario) – Commutative
discrete groups algebra and its interactions with algebraic geometry

Tomasz Zastawniak, PhD (Jagiellonian, Krakow) – Mathematical Eric Dykeman, PhD (Arizona) – Mathematical virology
finance; stochastic analysis; mathematical physics Hermes Gadêlha, DPhil (Oxford) – Biological fluid mechanics
Wenyang Zhang, PhD (CUHK) – High-dimensional and Haralampos Geranios, PhD (Athens) – Representation theory
big-data analysis; non-parametric modelling; time series and cohomology of algebraic groups
Eli Hawkins, PhD (Pennsylvania State) – Geometric quantisation;
Readers operator algebras; quantum gravity
Michael Bate, PhD (Birmingham) – Linear algebraic groups;
Konstantin Ilin, PhD (Lavrentyev Institute, Russia) –
representation theory; spherical buildings
Fluid mechanics; magnetohydrodynamics; stability theory
Alexei Daletskii, PhD, Dr Sci (Kiev) – Stochastic analysis;
Marina Knight, PhD (Bristol) – Multi-scale methods;
infinite dimensional analysis; mathematical physics
non‑stationary time series; non-parametric regression
Brent Everitt, PhD (Auckland) – Algebra; topology; combinatorics
Christian Litterer, PhD (Oxford) – Stochastic analysis; probability
Degui Li, PhD (Zhejiang) – Longitudinal/panel data modelling; with applications in numerical analysis, computational finance
model selection
Andrea Meireles Rodrigues, PhD (Edinburgh) – Mathematical
Jon Pitchford, PhD (Leeds) – Mathematical biology and ecology; finance
dynamical systems; stochastic processes
Agostino Nobile, PhD (Carnegie Mellon) – Bayesian statistics;
Benoit Vicedo, PhD (Cambridge) – Classical and quantum Monte Carlo methods and finite mixture distributions
integrable systems
Ben Powell, PhD (Durham) – Bayesian nonparametrics
Stefan Weigert, PhD (Basel) – Quantum foundations;
Dmitri (Mitya) Pushkin, PhD (Illinois) – Biological fluid mechanics
quantum information; mutually unbiased bases
Evgeniy Zorin, PhD (Univ Pierre et Marie Curie) – Number
Julie Wilson, DPhil (York) – Image analysis; statistical pattern
theory; transcendence theory; Diophantine approximations
recognition; metabolomic and proteomic data analysis

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Hull York Medical School is the joint medical school of the Universities of Hull and York, providing
postgraduate students with access to the world-class facilities, equipment and expertise of both
parent universities. With many of our programmes offering flexibility and part-time study, you
can choose one that best suits your career and lifestyle.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

PGCert/PGDip/MSc Health Professions

Education (by distance learning with PT 1–3yr MD Medical Sciences FT 2yr, PT 4yr
optional blended learning) MSc FT 1yr
MSc by Thesis in Medical Sciences FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MSc Clinical Anatomy FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr MSc by Thesis in Human Sciences FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MSc Clinical Anatomy and Education FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr MPhil Medical Sciences FT 2yr, PT 4yr
MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Medical Sciences FT 3yr/4yr, PT 6yr
MSc Physician Associate Studies FT 2yr MPhil Human Sciences FT 2yr, PT 4yr
Master of Public Health (MPH) FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Human Sciences FT 3yr/4yr, PT 6yr
Multiple entry points are available. Visit hyms.ac.uk for details


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As a postgraduate student at Hull York Medical Hull York Medical School has established a reputation
School, you will be welcomed into the heart as an institution for people who want to make a
of a vibrant and supportive community of difference. The school’s impact goes beyond teaching
researchers, working in a wide range of medical and learning, placing discovery and innovation at the
heart of its research, which is focused on improving the
and scientific disciplines.
lives of patients locally and influencing national and
Our courses, which range from short courses and
international health agendas.
CPD to taught and research programmes, attract
At the University of Hull, the recently opened
students from all over the world, including those from
£2.4-million Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre
both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. We are
is home to world-leading research into palliative care
committed to providing our students with a stimulating,
and cancer diagnosis, while the University of York
high quality learning experience through a variety of
is at the forefront of research in mental and global
educational approaches, encouraging innovative and
public health. According to the most recent Research
critical thinking and freedom of enquiry, supported by
Excellence Framework (2014), 85 per cent of research at
leading experts.
Hull York Medical School is classed as world-leading or
We are confident that studying at Hull York Medical
internationally excellent.
School will equip you with the specialist and general
skills, knowledge and experience you need to meet the
challenges of your future career.
Created in 2003 through a unique partnership
between the Universities of Hull and York, regional
NHS Trusts and community healthcare providers,


OUR COURSES MSc Clinical Anatomy
TAUGHT DEGREES MSc Clinical Anatomy and Education
These courses are designed to provide advanced training
As a postgraduate taught student at Hull York Medical
in clinically applied human anatomy. They are built
School, you will be welcomed into our vibrant and
around dissection-based core modules delivered in our
supportive community, addressing the needs of
purpose-built anatomy facility. As a student on either of
an ever-changing healthcare environment. You
these courses, you will undertake whole-body dissection
will be taught by world-leading subject experts,
on Thiel-embalmed cadavers, which enhances your
clinicians and researchers, who will encourage
experience greatly by ensuring cadaveric material is as
you to think independently and critically.
close to living tissue as possible. You will learn to critically
PGCert*/PGDip/MSc Health appraise and reflectively apply advanced anatomical
Professions Education knowledge to inform your clinical decision making.
The MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education
*Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) additionally focuses on developing versatile medical
This course is designed for anyone who teaches in educators with clinical anatomy expertise.
health-related areas, utilising distance learning, with
optional face-to-face study days. It enables you to
Your background
enhance your practical skills in health professions These degree courses are designed for a broad
education by critical reflection and developing your spectrum of students, including intercalating medical
knowledge of underpinning educational principles. students; anatomical science, medical and veterinary
The course consists of three levels: Certificate, graduates; nurses; anatomy teachers; trainee surgeons;
Diploma and Masters. Usually, each level is completed physiotherapists; and other health professionals.
sequentially to fit around students’ clinical practice. Intercalating medical students are required to have
However, condensed routes, such as the full MSc, are successfully completed a minimum of three years
available (see below). If you have completed a Certificate of the MB BS or comparable medical qualification.
at another institution within the last three years you
may be able to enter at Diploma level. MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution
▪▪ PG Certificate (one year part-time): develop practical This taught Masters course offers a unique opportunity
capabilities in critical, reflective understanding of to study human anatomy from an evolutionary
learning and teaching in clinical practice. perspective. It provides a detailed understanding of
▪▪ P
 G Diploma (one year part-time): extend and deepen human and primate evolution, focusing on anatomy
your understanding and application of educational and morphology, and their interfaces with ecology and
theory, scholarship and leadership, and develop a behaviour.
solid foundation in health professions education You will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge
and educational research. of cutting-edge tools for morphometrics, imaging,
virtual modelling and functional simulation used to
▪▪ M
 Sc (one year part-time): undertake an educational interpret anatomical variation and the fossil record.
research project supervised by staff with research
expertise and produce a professional dissertation.
▪▪ M
 Sc (one year full-time): to study the content of the
Certificate, Diploma and MSc in one year you may
wish to apply for our full-time MSc.

Your background The amazing resources at Hull

We welcome applicants from any health profession,
intercalating students or those involved in the York Medical School have been
delivery of health education. A degree or professional indispensable in helping me and my
qualification is required.
fellow students develop our clinical
understanding and expertise.”
Steven, MSc Physician Associate Studies

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In addition, you can gain practical knowledge of RESEARCH DEGREES
anatomy through dissection of human cadaveric
Our unique partnership brings together the expertise
material as well as comparative anatomical study.
of both the Universities of Hull and York and the
You will also undertake a practical research project of
NHS, and offers a thriving environment in which to
your choice, in consultation with your supervisor, to
conduct world-leading research. Our strong NHS and
investigate a current question in evolutionary anatomy.
community health partnerships offer a wide clinical
Your background base within which to study those conditions which
The MSc in Human Anatomy and Evolution is open most affect our communities – improving health
to strong graduates in anatomy, anthropology, while developing research work that can be applied
archaeology, biology, psychology, sport science, nationally and globally. Our current research addresses
zoology and related fields. We require students to have some of the most important questions in healthcare,
a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent. The course is also in areas including cancer research, infection control,
open to intercalating medical students. mental health, diabetes and end of life care, with 85
per cent of our research classified as world-leading or
MSc Physician Associate Studies internationally excellent (REF 2014).
The Physician Associate is a new healthcare professional Our programmes attract students from all over the
with the attitudes, skills and knowledge base to deliver world, from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds,
holistic care and treatment as part of the medical team who are guided under the expert supervision of our
in a hospital, general practice or community setting researchers – many of whom are internally recognised
under defined levels of supervision. for their research and are practising clinicians.
Physician Associates support doctors in the
diagnosis and management of patients, performing MD Medical Sciences
a number of roles, including: conducting physical The MD in Medical Sciences is a research programme
examinations; performing diagnostic and therapeutic open only to qualified and experienced medical
procedures; and prescribing medications (subject to practitioners (those with an MB BS degree or
the necessary legislation). equivalent). The degree takes two years full-time, or you
This two-year intensive professional programme can study for four years part-time.
will develop your medical knowledge, clinical skills You will conduct a substantial independent research
and experience as you progress between classroom project, which will lead to an original contribution to
learning and simulation in the University environment, knowledge. Crucially, your MD project should address
and clinical placements within partner GP practices diagnosis or management in a clinical environment.
and hospitals. If your proposed project does not cover this, you
should consider doing a PhD instead.
Your background
All research at HYMS is conducted within strict
All applicants must have at least a 2:1 in a relevant
ethical guidelines. Before starting your MD research you
Biosciences degree, or be predicted to achieve this
may need to get ethics approval from the University
at the time of application. You must also have GCSE
and NHS, through the appropriate ethics committees.
Mathematics and English at Grade B or above (Grade 5
You need to take this into account when planning your
in the reformed GCSE grading structure), and will need
project and writing the proposal.
to demonstrate a sufficient grounding in Chemistry
through your degree or A levels, or equivalent, to Your background
engage successfully with the pharmacological aspects To undertake an MD, you must have a medical
of the course. qualification and at least two years’ experience
of medical practice after graduating.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
This one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) MSc by Thesis
course in public health is designed for anyone who An MSc by Thesis takes one year full-time. You can also
plans to work as a public health practitioner, become a opt to take it part-time over two years. Since the MSc by
researcher, working in government or non-governmental Thesis is done over a shorter period of time than a PhD
organisations, or go on to study medicine or pursue or MPhil, your project will be smaller but you will still be
PhD studies. The course is run in association with the able to undertake original research.
Department of Health Sciences. For more information A very wide range of MSc projects can be undertaken
see the entry for that department on page 108. at HYMS. Current students are researching topics as


diverse as interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, care Centre for Atherothrombosis and
of the newborn infant, and methods for analysing Metabolic Disease
cell:cell interactions. The Centre for Atherothrombosis and Metabolic
Your background Disease focuses on chronic conditions, including
For the MSc by Thesis, a Bachelors degree (2:1 or above) atherothrombosis, metabolic syndrome, infertility,
or equivalent is essential. diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
Centre for Health and Population Sciences
MPhil/PhD The Centre for Health and Population Sciences
A PhD at HYMS usually takes three years full-time (six is multidisciplinary, specialising in clinical trials,
years part-time) although, in some circumstances, often epidemiology, health economics, health services
due to visa requirements for international students research, medicine and psychology.
or for funding reasons, a PhD can run over four years Centre for Immunology and Infection
full-time. An MPhil takes two years full-time (four years
Research within the Centre ranges from fundamental
part-time). You will conduct a substantial independent
studies on infection and non-infectious diseases to
research project for your PhD or MPhil, which will lead to
first-in-man clinical research. Research is structured
an original contribution to knowledge.
into three areas: clinical and translational research;
A very wide range of MPhil/PhD projects can be
immunology; and pathogen biology.
undertaken at HYMS. Current students are researching
topics as diverse as the molecular mechanisms of Centre for Neuroscience
cardiovascular disease and how dietary stresses and The Centre for Neuroscience uses a multidisciplinary
strains affect skull shape. approach to structural, chemical, functional and
theoretical aspects of neuronal mechanisms.
Your background
For the MPhil/PhD a Bachelors degree (2:1 or above) Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism Group
or equivalent is essential, and an MSc degree is The group delivers world-class research in four areas:
strongly encouraged. clinical drugs trials, lifestyle research, biomedical
research, and applied research.
RESEARCH Health Professions Education Unit
Our research is organised into groups which each The Health Professions Education Unit brings together
conduct world-class research. Much of this is the scholarship of those engaged in teaching and
interdisciplinary, spanning traditional subject boundaries education development at Hull York Medical School.
and reaching out into other departments within the
Mental Health and Addiction Research Group
Universities of Hull and York. More information about
our research centres and staff can be found at: yms. The group is focused on the care of people with
ac.uk/research/research-centres-and-groups. addictions or mental health problems, such as
depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar illness, as
Cancer Research Group well as on prevention.
Hull has one of the highest incidences of and mortality
Primary Care and Palliative Care Research Group
rates from cancer in the country. The Cancer Research
Group fosters and promotes translational research to The group hosts primary care and palliative care
tackle this area. academics and researchers. It applies rigorous health
service research methods to understanding issues
Cardiology Research Group related to primary care, cancer diagnosis, supportive
The Cardiology Research Group specialises in heart care, advanced disease and end-of-life issues.
failure, including exercise physiology, palliative and end-
Respiratory Research Group
of-life care, and a natural history of heart failure.
The Respiratory Research Group improves the treatment
Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences of diseases by investigating the effectiveness of new
We engage in cutting-edge research in musculoskeletal medicines and medical equipment, and carries out trials
biomechanics and are founding members of the Centre to improve diagnosis and treatment of chronic cough.
for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins, one
Vascular Research Group
of the largest groupings in the UK.
The Vascular Research Group works in collaboration
with Hull Royal Infirmary and investigates all aspects of
vascular disease and associated therapies.

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Combining the disciplines of Medieval Art and Architecture, Medieval Archaeology, Medieval
Literature and Medieval History, and drawing on the unrivalled resources available in the city of York,
the Centre for Medieval Studies offers a truly interdisciplinary experience. Successful completion
develops the professional and personal skills required for PhD research or for employment in
fields such as the heritage industry, teaching, publishing, or library and archives work.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Medieval Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MA Medieval Literatures and Languages FT 1yr, PT 2yr
PhD Medieval Studies FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Gillian Galloway, Administrator IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in Listening and
york.ac.uk/medieval-studies Speaking, 6.5 in Reading and 7.0 in Writing,
+44 (0)1904 323910 or equivalent
cms-office@york.ac.uk For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS) at York literature and history by co-supervision of research
is one of the most vibrant research centres for students and through our many interdisciplinary
medieval studies in the world. Students are research groups. We strive to develop new research
introduced to interdisciplinary and collaborative agendas that dissolve traditional disciplinary boundaries
and explore evidence in new ways.
work in a city unrivalled in its wealth of
We offer a unique learning environment, with a
material, inspiration and resources on the
faculty of over 30 staff and over 150 postgraduate
Middle Ages. students involved in medieval research. This close
York is surrounded by medieval city walls and working community of students, researchers and
dominated by its Minster, which contains the most staff at the CMS provides opportunities for frequent
complete collection of medieval stained glass in Britain. collaboration and discussion. A lively programme of
Medieval York had four great city gates, almost 40 parish events, talks, conferences and reading groups are
churches, eight monasteries and friaries, and countless run each term. Many are student-led and encourage
chapels and chantries, houses and guildhalls, many of students to present papers. Reading groups meet each
which survive today. week to explore texts in late Anglo-Saxon, medieval
The CMS is the oldest interdisciplinary centre for Latin, Old French and Old Norse. The termly York
postgraduate study in the UK, and is respected across medieval public lecture features an internationally
the world. Research and teaching at the CMS spans renowned speaker and each year we host local, national
all periods of the Middle Ages and encompasses the and international-level conferences and workshops.
medieval world from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, The Centre’s own student-led drama group, The Lords
the Middle East and Africa. Areas of specific interest of Misrule, stages several productions a year in medieval
include the Vikings, political cultures, religion of churches around York or in the open grounds of the
the Church and laity, language and literature (Latin medieval courtyards at King’s Manor, where the Centre
and vernaculars), urban life, law, family, gender is based.
and sexuality, chivalry and aristocracies, buildings The CMS is home to a number of wide-ranging,
archaeology, settlement history and material culture, international research projects and has numerous
architectural history, stained glass and manuscript links to other universities for collaborative work and
studies. We promote interdisciplinary scholarship student exchanges.
through team teaching across archaeology, art history,


OUR COURSES students and other students on MA degrees in Medieval
History (see page 112), Medieval Archaeology (see page
The MA in Medieval Studies provides an intellectually
56), and History of Art (Medieval Art and Medievalisms
stimulating and interdisciplinary introduction to the
pathway) (see page 117).
study of the Middle Ages. It draws students from
different disciplinary backgrounds and provides
MA Medieval Studies
them with an opportunity to develop a wide range of
skills and approaches. It also serves as a foundation The interdisciplinary MA in Medieval Studies is a
for those wishing to go on to doctoral research. stimulating and creative course that grows out
Through pioneering interdisciplinary study, you will of and feeds into the publications of the Centre’s
gain a comprehensive overview of the medieval staff and students.
cultures of Europe, taught by leading specialists from The MA in Medieval Studies course lasts one year,
the Departments of Archaeology, English, History or two years part-time. All students follow a common
and History of Art. The course emphasises new core module in the Autumn Term. This introduces you
methodologies and techniques in the cross-disciplinary to at least one new discipline and, progressively, to
study of the Middle Ages. We believe it to be unique interdisciplinary research and its methodologies. The
in offering this level of skills training in medieval core module is team-taught and the teaching is divided
languages, diplomatic and three different periods into two units, with students choosing one option
of palaeography. in each unit. Unit 1 introduces basic skills in a new
You will have opportunities to: discipline. Unit 2 focuses on an integrated examination
of particular topics or themes. Seminars are taught by
▪▪ c hoose study options covering every facet of
two staff from different disciplines, teaching individually
medieval life and culture, from 400 to 1550
and in tandem. Teaching is delivered through two-
▪▪ e
 xperience interdisciplinary research and hour seminars, for which students are expected to
understand its methodologies read, discuss and present their findings to tutors and
▪▪ f ollow your own study interests and develop
key research skills
▪▪ s tudy in the medieval capital of Britain,
with unrivalled resources on your doorstep
▪▪ a
 ccess state-of-the-art resources, including The MA in Medieval Studies at
research centres, archives and libraries
▪▪ b
 ecome part of a vibrant humanities research
York offers a course focused on
culture within the University of York. interdisciplinary study in a world-class
The programme is made up of both single-discipline and institution, with the opportunity to
interdisciplinary units and provides scope for you to find
your own particular areas of interest and develop these learn medieval languages at the same
at the dissertation stage.
We recognise that for many students, taking an
time as studying the manuscripts. The
interdisciplinary degree is more challenging (and research environment at the Centre is
more exciting) than following a single-subject degree.
We are familiar with the problems students encounter amazing. There’s a supportive academic
in tackling new subjects and approaches at graduate community, a lively programme of
level, and the structure of the Medieval Studies MA and
its assessment are designed to take account of this. seminars, reading groups and social
Also, you may choose whether to write your dissertation gatherings. I love being based at
using the resources of more than one discipline, or to
specialise in just one. King’s Manor in the heart of the city
The CMS also administers the MA in Medieval
Literatures and Languages within the Department of
as well as having the chance to visit
English and Related Literature: see the entry on page 95. other historic sites nearby.”
Students on this course are based in the Centre at
King’s Manor. They work side by side with CMS medieval Alana, PhD Medieval Studies

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peers. The module ends with students doing poster You will meet with your supervisors regularly and
presentations in small groups, developing useful skills become an active participant in the research and
for future employment and self-confidence. cultural life of the Centre. Research students at the
As an MA student at the CMS, you choose three CMS are introduced to the benefits of collaborative
options: one in the Autumn Term alongside the core work from an early stage in their research careers.
module and two in the Spring Term. You must take at As a research student at the CMS you will have
least one CMS interdisciplinary option and two option one or two supervisors drawn from two of the four
modules in different disciplines. Alongside your option disciplines at the CMS. In the first year you may also
modules, you will take two skills modules that run for receive training in palaeography, Latin and other
two terms each and are considered essential training languages or primary skills you may need to complete
for any medievalist. You can choose from Palaeography your research. You will enjoy the active intellectual
(early, high, administrative hands, and late medieval), culture of the CMS, where students and staff meet
Old English, Old French, Old Norse and four different regularly in seminars, lectures and informal discussions.
levels of Latin. You will be encouraged to develop your professional
The third term and summer vacation are taken skills as part of our research and teaching community
up with writing a dissertation, with a maximum of of scholars. There are opportunities to assist in research
20,000 words. This may be on any topic within the on funded projects directed by members of staff,
chronological period AD400 to 1550, as long as it is to organise and direct research groups, to assist in
within the competence of a supervisor attached to organising conferences and to have a say in the running
the Centre. of activities at the Centre. There are also opportunities
to gain teaching experience, either in teaching
Your background Latin, Old English or Old Norse, or in teaching in the
To apply, you should normally have completed an undergraduate Departments of English and Related
undergraduate degree with a First or 2:1 or their Literature, History, History of Art or Archaeology.
equivalents in a subject related to one of the four Staff of the CMS also supervise PhD candidates
disciplines of the CMS, Archaeology, Art History, who prefer to undertake medieval research in a single
History or Literature. We also welcome mature students, discipline: Archaeology, English, History of Art or
who have been very successful in our Masters degree History. Even as a single-discipline PhD candidate, you
and who bring their wealth of experience in other fields will be welcome to base yourself at the CMS in King’s
to their participation in the Centre. Manor and to participate in all CMS activities.
Your background
MA Medieval Literatures and Languages
We recommend that you discuss your research proposal
See the entry for the Department of English and in advance of application by identifying potential topic
Related Literature on page 95. supervisors and making contact with them through
email. Staff interests and contact details are all available
PhD research degrees on the CMS website, and listed below (email is almost
York is one of the few universities in the world always firstname.lastname@york.ac.uk). Normally you
to offer not just the single-discipline but also should have completed a Masters degree or equivalent
the interdisciplinary research degree of PhD in before acceptance for PhD research.
Medieval Studies. Members of the faculty are
world experts in their fields, the atmosphere is
friendly and supportive, and a PhD from York
is well regarded throughout the world.
As a PhD student in Medieval Studies you will work
on research projects that span or blur traditional
disciplinary boundaries and you will be supervised
jointly by staff specialising in two different subject
areas. Subject areas include archaeology, art and
architectural history, history (social, economic,
political, cultural, ecclesiastical, legal, intellectual
and gender) and literature (including Old and Middle
English, Old Norse, Latin, Old French), Viking studies,
historiography, codicology and palaeography.


AVAILABLE FUNDING or events of his reign. For more details see: york.‌ac.uk/
Besides national and international funding and
The CMS has an outstanding record of attracting
University of York-based funding, the CMS also offers MA
candidates who have been successful at securing full
bursaries, each awarded to the best-qualified applicants
funding for their PhD research. Opportunities are
who have not received other funding, and open equally
advertised on our website (see above) from late October
to home, EU and overseas applicants. We also offer a
each year.
£1,000 bursary sponsored by the Richard III Society to an
MA student whose research interests focus on Richard III

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Michele Campopiano, PhD (SNS, Pisa) – English: Medieval Latin;
medieval Italian literature; cultures and societies of the medieval
Director Middle East; historiography and geography
Sarah Rees Jones, DPhil (York) – History: Social history and Kenneth Clarke, PhD (Oxford) – English: Chaucer and the Italian
social ideals; English cities, landscapes and communities Trecento; Boccaccio; Dante; book history; word and image
Kate Giles, PhD (York) – Archaeology: Archaeology of medieval
Professors and early modern ‘public’ buildings; York Minster
Tim Ayers, PhD (London) – History of Art: Late medieval
stained glass, sculpture and architecture in England Aleks McClain, PhD (York) – Archaeology: Architecture
and material culture of medieval England, late Saxon and
Pete Biller, DPhil (Oxford) – History: Medieval heresy; Anglo‑Norman
inquisition; proto-racial thought; history of medicine
Nicola McDonald, PhD (Oxford) – English: Medieval romance;
Dawn Hadley, PhD (Birmingham) – Archaeology: Viking Britain; practice of fiction; women’s social games; Chaucer; Gower
Anglo-Saxon society and culture; Anglo-Saxon masculinity;
funerary archaeology; archaeology of childhood Sethina Watson, DPhil (Oxford) – History: Religion, towns,
hospitals and the needy in England, c1050–1300
Guy Halsall, PhD (York) – History: Social history and
archaeology of Merovingian Gaul; violence and warfare Lecturers
Jane Hawkes, PhD (Newcastle) – History of Art: Early medieval Henry Bainton, PhD (York) – English: Old French; Latin
(insular) art and architecture, especially sculpture textual cultures of the Middle Ages (especially historiography
Amanda Lillie, PhD (London) – History of Art: Italian and romance); literacy, orality and performance; national and
Renaissance art and architecture, especially palaces and villas regional identities
Julian Richards, PhD (CNAA) – Archaeology: Early medieval Mary Garrison, PhD (Cambridge) – History: Early medieval
NW Europe; Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods; data systems literary, cultural and intellectual history; epistolography; rhetoric
Elizabeth Tyler, DPhil (Oxford) – English: Anglo-Saxon and Holly James-Maddocks, PhD (York) – English: Manuscript
early Norman literatures; multilingualism; women studies; vernacular text illumination; palaeography; codicology
Tom Johnson, PhD (London) – History: Social and cultural
Readers history of late medieval England; law and legal culture
Jeremy Goldberg, PhD (Cambridge) – History: Later medieval Harry Munt, PhD (Oxford) – History: History of the
social and cultural history; gender; the family; identity Islamic world; medieval Arabic history writing
Jeanne Nuechterlein, PhD (Berkeley) – History of Art: 15th- and Lucy Sackville, PhD (York) – History: Religious and intellectual
16th-century northern art; religious painting and portraiture history of the central Middle Ages (Italy and southern France)
Craig Taylor, DPhil (Oxford) – History: Politics and ideas Pragya Vohra, PhD (York) – History: Social history, migration
in late medieval France and England; chivalry and the and memory of the Viking Age British Isles and medieval
Hundred Years War Scandinavia
Matthew Townend, DPhil (Oxford) – English: Old English Hanna Vorholt, PhD (Berlin) – History of Art: Medieval art
and Old Norse; philology; Victorian medievalism and visual culture; illuminated manuscripts; Jerusalem

Senior Lecturers George Younge, PhD (Cambridge) – English: Old English texts;
Middle English and French textual cultures in the 12th and
Michelle Alexander, PhD (Durham) – Archaeology: Biomolecular
13th centuries
techniques; zooarchaeology; medieval archaeology
Steven Ashby, PhD (York) – Archaeology: Viking Age England
and Scotland: the production and consumption of portable
material culture
Sarah Brown, MA (York) – History of Art: Stained glass
and the history of its restoration and reception

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Advance your analytical, communication and creative skills, and study topics of your choice,
within a vibrant research community. This MA will equip you to work in the arts, media or public
sector, or to progress to a PhD. You will have the opportunity to meet professionals from the
media, arts and creative industries, museums and art galleries, as well as leading academics
from the University and from all over the world.

Course offered FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Culture and Thought after 1945 FT 1yr, PT 2yr


Helen Jacobs, Centre Administrator IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in each component,
york.ac.uk/modernstudies or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 328097 For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Centre for Modern Studies (CModS) is In addition, every year, CModS provides a number
a vibrant research centre dedicated to the of small project grants to aid interdisciplinary work
interdisciplinary study of the period from across the humanities and social sciences in the modern
1830 to the present. It represents a thriving period. Postgraduate students may apply for these
grants to organise lectures, workshops, study days,
interdisciplinary community of academic
conferences, graduate symposia and reading groups,
staff and postgraduate students, drawing
or to facilitate events where scholars can interact
scholars from Archaeology, English and Related with one another as a means of developing new
Literature, History, History of Art, Philosophy, interdisciplinary research and networks.
Politics, Sociology, the Centre for Women’s CModS also cultivates more sustained research
Studies, the Department of Theatre, Film projects in a number of regularly changing areas,
and Television, the Institute for the Public known as research strands. Led by staff in one or more
Understanding of the Past and the Centre departments at the University, these serve as focal
for Applied Human Rights. points for activities and for funding within CModS.
CModS promotes innovative, significant, world-class Strands to date have included Narrative; Cultures
research at a number of levels and from a wide variety of the Global; World Systems/Systems of the World;
of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Housed Aftermaths; Translating Freedom; Modernity, Creativity
in the Humanities Research Centre, it offers a vibrant and Innovation; Ordinary/Everyday/Quotidian; Economy
place to develop research at the heart of the campus. and Society; Death; Nothing; Complexity; Freedom
CModS sponsors an exciting, annual programme of after Neoliberalism; and Back to the Things Themselves.
visiting speakers, conferences, symposia and workshops, Further details of our current strands can be found on
organised by both staff and postgraduate students, and our website.
our Postgraduate Forum creates regular opportunities
for interdisciplinary exchange, with a termly programme
of events and an annual summer conference.


OUR COURSE ▪▪ t he ability to identify points at which different
disciplinary approaches to the period converge
and inform one another.
MA Culture and Thought after 1945
This taught MA will enable you to explore some of the Option modules
key intellectual, cultural and historical developments The option modules currently on offer can be found
of the contemporary period from an interdisciplinary on our web pages: york.ac.uk/modernstudies/study.
perspective. The course can be studied either full-time You can choose modules which highlight and develop
for one year or part-time over two years. Throughout your particular interdisciplinary interests. For example,
this MA, you construct a programme that suits your students with broad interests in cultural theory and
interests. You can choose from a wide range of option decolonisation might select modules such as The Origins
modules from our partner Departments of Archaeology, of the Global South since 1955, South African Literature,
English and Related Literature, History, History of Art, and Themes and Issues in Contemporary Sociology.
Sociology and the Centre for Women’s Studies. You will Studies in the moving image might draw on a History
have the opportunity to work with academic experts in of Art module such as Visualising Conflict in the 20th
different disciplines, and will be encouraged to bring Century, and the English modules Cold War Culture:
together the subject matter and methodologies of Literature, Film and Theory in Cold War Europe, and
multiple disciplines in order to develop exciting and Nation, Genre and the Past in British and American
inspiring connections between these areas. Cinema in order to create a pathway.
As a full-time student, you will take a core module Students with interests in aesthetics broadly
and one optional module in the Autumn Term and two defined might draw on a History of Art module such as
further optional modules in the Spring Term. If you are Encountering Modernism: Modern Art and Theory Since
a part-time student, you will take the core module in 1945, as well as Writing the Body, in English. Thematic
your first Autumn Term, and then one optional module pathways may also be constructed that allow you to
in each of the following Spring and Autumn Terms. explore specific political and cultural problematics as
Each module will be taught by weekly small group they unfold across disciplines.
seminars and assessed by an essay of approximately You are encouraged to combine modules in unique
4,500 words, or equivalent. You will develop your skills ways to support your own intellectual development and
with a tailored research skills and training module. an original and compelling dissertation project.
You will also research and write a dissertation of
14,000–16,000 words over the Summer Term and
summer vacation. Having studied here as an English
The core module undergraduate, I was well aware
The core module, Framing the Contemporary, introduces
students to a variety of approaches to studying the of the excellent standard of teaching
art, culture, and thought of the period post-1945 to the
and support. This, and the fact that the
present. Because the MA is interdisciplinary, the core
course supplies a strong methodological foundation, Masters covers a wide range of interests
providing students with an introduction to the various
means by which different disciplines conceptualise
and disciplines, made me want to
and analyse the period. The module is taught by tutors continue at York. The compulsory
from different departments, each contributing sessions
that highlight a central way in which their discipline module touches on archaeology,
categorises the period, while providing examples of philosophy, memory and everything
the methodological tools used to construct this way of
reading the period. in between, while the wide variety of
After successfully completing the core module additional modules has allowed me to
you should have:
▪▪ a familiarity with a range of ways of understanding craft my own MA, standing me in good
the post-1945 period
stead for when I apply for a PhD.”
▪▪ a
 n awareness of different methodological and
conceptual approaches used by different disciplines Joe, MA Culture and Thought after 1945
with regard to the contemporary

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You will normally be expected to have at least a good CModS offers a number of studentships for home and
2:1 honours degree in a relevant humanities or social international students. Further details can be found on
science subject, or its equivalent. our website, york.ac.uk/modernstudies/study/funding.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Emilie Morin, PhD (Queen’s Belfast) – English: 20th-century
British and Irish drama; European modernism
Centre Director Sara Perry, PhD (Southampton) – Archaeology: Cultural and
Gerard McCann, PhD (Cambridge) – History: 20th- and digital heritage; archaeological representation
21st‑century Africa and India; global south; transnationalism Federico Reuben, PhD (Brunel) – Music: Composition;
improvisation; sound art; music technology; cross-arts
Professors collaboration; contemporary music; sound studies
David Attwell, PhD (Texas) – English: African literatures; Erica Sheen, PhD (London) – English: Film history and theory;
J M Coetzee; postcolonial studies cultural politics of cinema
Sanjoy Bhattacharya, PhD (London) – History: History Claire Westall, PhD (Warwick) – English: World literature;
of medicine; South Asia and imperialism since 1800 postcolonial theory; Caribbean literature; British devolution
Lawrence Black, PhD (London Guildhall) – History:
Modern political culture; consumerism Lecturers
Judith Buchanan, PhD (Oxford) – English: Cinematic literary James Boaden, PhD (Courtauld Institute of Art, London) –
adaption; cinematic authorship; self-reflexive cinema History of Art: American art from the mid-20th century
Jason Edwards, PhD (Cambridge) – History of Art: World Sabine Clarke, PhD (Imperial College London) – History:
and other complex systems; animal studies; queer theory 20th-century history of science, technology and medicine;
Stevi Jackson, PhD (Kent) – Women’s Studies: Feminist theory; colonial development
gender and sexuality; family relationships Alice Hall, PhD (Cambridge) – English: Contemporary and global
Peter Lamarque, BPhil (Oxford) – Philosophy: Aesthetics; literature; cultural disability studies; literature and the body
philosophy of literature David Huyssen, PhD (Yale) – History: Inequality and new
Victoria Robinson, PhD (Manchester) – Women’s Studies: capitalisms in the 20th century
Feminist theory; gender and sexualities; masculinities Ann Kaloski-Naylor, DPhil (York) – Women’s Studies:
John Schofield, PhD (Southampton) – Archaeology: Cultural Contemporary fiction; digital cultures; death
heritage management; archaeology of the contemporary past Adam Kelly, PhD (University College Dublin) – English: American
Michael White, PhD (Essex) – History of Art: European literature; contemporary fiction; critical theory; history of ideas
modernism, especially the interwar avant-gardes Cadence Kinsey, PhD (UCL) – History of Art: Contemporary art;
histories of art and technology; live art and performance
Readers Teresa Kittler, PhD (London) – History of Art: Artistic practices
Henrice Altink, PhD (Hull) – History: African-American and from 1945 to the present day; Italian post-war art, specifically
Caribbean history; slavery; gender and sexuality, 1800–1950 relating to art, environment, feminism
David Beer, PhD (York) – Sociology: Social and cultural theory; Xiaodong Lin, PhD (Birmingham) – Sociology: Gender and
digitalisation; popular culture migration; men and masculinities; culture and identity
Kristyn Gorton, PhD (Edinburgh) – Theatre, Film and Television: Michael McCluskey, PhD (UCL) – English: British and American
Feminist film/TV criticism; emotion/affect; television heritage modernism; film history; documentary; cultural geography
and memory; Northern stories Shaul Mitelpunkt, DPhil (Chicago) – History: Cultural politics
Richard Walsh, PhD (Cambridge) – English: Narrative theory of US–Israeli relations; the history of war and masculinity
and fiction; early film; narrative imagination across media Bryan Radley, PhD (York) – English: Cultural identity, genre
and place-making in contemporary Irish-American fiction
Senior Lecturers
Amanda Rees, PhD (Cambridge) – Sociology: Social theory;
Oleg Benesch, PhD (British Columbia) – History: History of 19th-
sociology of science; popular science; history of primatology
and 20th-century Japan
Katy Sian, PhD (Leeds) – Sociology: Critical race theory;
Clare Bielby, PhD (Hull) – Women’s Studies: Violence; perpetrator
semantics of tolerance and anti-racism
studies; history of feminisms, particularly German feminisms;
feminist queer theory J T Welsch, PhD (Manchester) – English: Creative industries and
contemporary poetry culture; modernism; creative writing
Claire Chambers, PhD (Leeds) – English: British and
South Asian literature; religion; Muslims; migration Sam Wetherell, PhD (University of California, Berkeley) –
History: History of cities; political economy; art-making
Victoria Coulson, PhD (Cambridge) – English: 19th- and
early 20th-century American and British literature James Williams, PhD (Cambridge) – English: 19th- and 20th-
century writing, especially poetry


York Music postgraduates have gone on to be performers and conductors, music librarians,
teachers, freelance composers, journalists, broadcasters and academics. We respect the
individual nature of your pursuits and we encourage you right from the start to think,
write and perform independently.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Music FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Music Production FT1yr, PT 2yr

PGDip Music FT 1yr, PT 2yr PGDip Music Production FT1yr, PT 2yr
PGCert Music FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Community Music FT 1yr, PT 2–3yr

MA Music Education: MA Music (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr

Instrumental and Vocal Teaching FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Music Technology (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
PGDip Music Education: MPhil Music FT 2yr, PT 4yr
Instrumental and Vocal Teaching FT 1yr, PT 2yr
PhD Music FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Gilly Howe, Postgraduate Administrator IELTS 6.0 (6.5 for MA Music Education) with no less
york.ac.uk/music/postgraduate than 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 322843 IELTS 6.0 with no less than 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in
+44 (0)1904 322446 other components for MA/PGDip in Music Production
For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Music is home to a vibrant Research postgraduates, staff and visiting speakers
and international postgraduate community, present their work regularly at the Composition and
based within a research-intensive Russell Group Research Seminar series. These provide an important
university. Our Faculty of Arts and Humanities platform for sharing research ideas and allow students
(both MA and PhD) to gain insights into the concerns
was placed eighth in the UK, and 42nd in the
and working methods of researchers working in
world, in the Times Higher Education World
other areas. Performance classes are open to all and
University Rankings 2018. help to improve aspects of students’ performance, from
Our researchers, composers and performers managing anxiety to instrument masterclasses.
have specialist research interests in composition, In addition, the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall supports
performance, production, musicology, church music, a range of performance ensembles including the
jazz, community music and music psychology. We University, Chamber, The 24 and Gospel Choirs; the
welcome students from all parts of the world and greatly Symphony, Chamber, Sinfonietta and Jazz Orchestras;
value the contribution they make to the department. Baroque Ensemble, the Chimera (new music),
The Department provides excellent facilities for Gamelan and Piano Ensembles and the Viol Consort.
postgraduate study, including the Contemporary Music Postgraduates can work closely with these and with our
Research Centre (CMRC) which houses recording associate ensembles (Compagnia d’Istrumenti, I Fagiolini
studios, and the Rymer Auditorium (a high-specification and Quatuor Diotima), as well as with local specialist
performance space). Research is supported by well- groups (Yorkshire Bach Choir, Yorkshire Baroque
stocked library resources such as the Humanities Soloists). The Department presents a full professional
Research Library and the University of York Sound series of concerts and festivals. For further information
Archives. This includes Music Preserved’s collection see york.‌ac.uk/concerts.
of over 5,000 off-air recordings and also the John R T
Davies Jazz Collection of 16,000 rare 78rpm records
(see york.ac.uk/music/about/resources/sound‑archives).

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OUR COURSES MA/PGDip Music Education: Instrumental
The Department of Music offers a range of postgraduate and Vocal Teaching
courses that can be tailored to meet your individual The MA and Postgraduate Diploma in Music Education
needs. These include an MA by research as well as are aimed at students who wish to develop their
taught Masters degrees, and an MPhil/PhD in Music that pedagogical skills, drawing upon and deepening existing
can be taken by thesis, performance or composition. practical experience as instrumental/vocal teachers.
Applicants are carefully matched with the Working closely with your supervisor, you will develop
appropriate supervisor as part of the admissions theoretical and practical understanding of instrumental/
process, ensuring that you receive the highest vocal teaching, research skills and strategies for
level of research support during your time in the reflective practice – skills enhancing employability and
Department. Applications for any of our courses capability. You will participate in seminars and practical
must include relevant examples of previous work, sessions where you will have the opportunity to teach
including recordings of performances where applicable. others and receive feedback on your teaching skills.
Information on all our programmes can be found There will be regular meetings with the programme
at york.‌ac.uk/music/postgraduate/programmes, or leader to discuss your progress and plan and prepare
by contacting the Postgraduate Administrator. work for assessment, which will include both written
and practical work, with a final submission consisting
MA/PGDip/PGCert Music of either an extended essay or a portfolio of lessons
Our popular taught MA and Postgraduate Diploma and with commentaries.
Certificate offer you the opportunity to combine focused
study in your specialist area with an introduction to MA/PGDip Music Production
research techniques and methodologies. You will need This MA degree and Postgraduate Diploma are aimed
to apply for a specialist research area: options include at students wishing to explore the practice and theory
musicology, performance practice, piano studies, solo of Music Production. It combines a very broad view
voice ensemble singing, music psychology, English of the techniques and applications of production for
church music, composition, improvised music and jazz, audio media with the subsequent development of
contemporary studies, and conducting. Other areas of more tightly focused individual skills and scholarship.
study relating specifically to the expertise of academic Music Production might involve anything ranging
staff may also be proposed. from the creation of entirely synthetic material using
These courses provide a useful preparation for computer-based techniques to the successful capture of
further education (including PhD programmes, acoustic performances, as well as the restoration and
conservatoire training or PGCEs), as their structure reconstruction of existing audio heritage. There are also
allows you to explore a variety of interests and can help important philosophies and technologies underlying this
you to shape the course of your future career. Graduates discipline that are constantly evolving.
of the MA in Music now work as teachers, lecturers, The use of technology for the creation and capture
performers, freelance composers, recording artists, of music is a core part of the Department of Music’s
radio presenters and curators. activities. The Department is home to the Contemporary
The courses are divided into three strands, which Music Research Centre, one of the finest facilities for
provide the basis for a wide-ranging series of seminars. listening to and recording sound in the UK. Throughout
All students cover relevant research techniques the course, MA Music Production students are expected
relating to their chosen pathway, and they also attend to use these facilities to make recordings and other
specialist seminars, concentrating on the work in audio artefacts. Running alongside this practical activity
their field. Submissions will be related to your area of are taught modules which provide an understanding and
specialisation, and your supervisor will work closely with fluency in audio signals and systems and the production
you and support you in gaining the necessary research chain, together with listening and analytical skills. In
skills. Final submissions will normally take the form of a the final six months, students produce a self-directed
folio of compositions, performance projects supported portfolio and undertake a large research project.
by written documentation, or a thesis of approximately
15,000 words (three shorter essays for the Diploma and
two essays for the Certificate).

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MA Community Music fulfil your submission requirement. Submission for an
MA in Music (by research) can be either a portfolio of
York was the first university to establish a Masters
performances or compositions, or a written thesis of
degree in Community Music, and we continue to
approximately 30,000 to 40,000 words. The Department
adapt and respond to current training needs, keeping
will also consider individually tailored submission
it at the cutting edge of scholarship and professional
requirements where appropriate to the research project.
development. The course is practical and relevant,
an ideal preparation for all aspects of community
MA Music Technology (by research)
and outreach work in music. Previous graduates are
employed worldwide in orchestral education, special The MA in Music Technology (by research) is aimed at
schools, hospitals, prisons and arts management, meeting the needs of research-focused graduates with
and as researchers and freelance music leaders. experience in music technology or audio-engineering.
It is taught primarily through a series of short course This programme is specifically focused at high‑level
modules (usually five days in length), covering a range creators interested in composition, production and
of areas that include arts development in education, contemporary aesthetic approaches to audio.
music and disability, arts administration, world music Working closely with your supervisor, and with the
and music technology. Assessment consists of three support of your internal examiner in regular Thesis
portfolios of work and a final dissertation that is linked Advisory Panels, you will research and prepare work
to fulfil your submission requirement. Submission for
to a placement in a community setting. Portfolios may
an MA in Music Technology (by research) consists of
include a wide variety of submissions, including essays,
a portfolio of work, usually comprising three pieces:
compositions, arts plans and reports. The placement
a work for fixed media, a work for installation and a
consists of no fewer than ten days of regular and
work for live performance.
structured contact and assessment is based on criteria
normally accepted in education and similar work-
training placements. The accompanying dissertation is
usually between 10,000 and 12,000 words.
Your background
Applicants for the MAs in Music, Music Education,
Music Production and Community Music, the
Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Music and the
Postgraduate Diplomas in Music Education and
Music Production are normally required to have The dynamic nature of the
achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in a related Department, rich with music
undergraduate degree; professional experience
can be accepted in lieu of formal education. ensembles and expert staff with a
Students applying for the MA or Postgraduate wealth of different interests, allows me
Diploma/Certificate in Music must indicate the subject
area in which they wish to specialise in the Personal to combine my passion
Statement section of their application form.
for performance practice with more
MA Music (by research) philosophical pursuits. The inspiring
The MA by research provides the option for students working relationships I have developed
to undertake an individual course of research directly
with a supervisor in the Department. All subject areas with the academic staff and my ever-
supported by the Department (including composition,
electroacoustic composition, musicology, music
supportive instrumental teacher create
psychology, critical studies, analysis, English church music, an encouraging and stimulating
music theatre) can be considered. The final outcome is a
portfolio of work, which can be essay-, performance- or
environment in which to thrive
composition-based, as appropriate to the subject studied. both academically and personally.”
Working closely with your supervisor, and with the
support of your internal examiner in regular Thesis Jennifer, PhD Music
Advisory Panels, you will research and prepare work to

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Applicants for the MA in Music (by research) and the MA Funding for our courses is available through Department
in Music Technology (by research) are normally required of Music awards, University of York awards and
to have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in a related external awards. We can offer an exceptional range of
undergraduate degree; professional experience can be support, funded in part from generous endowments by
accepted in lieu of formal education. A detailed research benefactors. Opportunities include those listed below;
proposal is required to ensure that you have sufficient full details can be found online at york.ac.uk/music/
skills to embark on a research degree and to pair you postgraduate/funding, or contact the Postgraduate
with an appropriate supervisor. Administrator.
▪▪ Arts and Humanities Research Council: the White
MPhil/PhD Music Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH)
The MPhil/PhD in Music at York can be taken by thesis, offers over 50 AHRC studentships per year to
composition or performance. PhDs are offered in any candidates with a place for doctoral study at the
area of research that is supported by the Department. Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York. Applicants
Submissions for the MPhil/PhD in Music vary according for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a
to your area of specialisation. place already and may only apply for funding at one
▪▪ Candidates for the MPhil/PhD by composition and of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The application form
electroacoustic composition are required to submit and details of how to apply are only available from
a portfolio of approximately eight compositions, the WRoCAH website: wrocah.ac uk/new-student/
accompanied by a brief commentary. ahrccompetition. Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria,
▪▪ C
 andidates for the MPhil/PhD by performance the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant
are required to submit a portfolio of up to six towards living expenses.
discrete performance projects, fully documented ▪▪ Sir Jack Lyons Research Scholarship: this award
and supported by appropriate commentary and a covers full home fees plus a stipend of between
resource list. Alternatively, a performance portfolio £2,500 and £5,000 a year for a PhD degree in any
may comprise a single extended public or recorded area of music supported by the Department.
performance, accompanied by a single original thesis
▪▪ Postgraduate assistantships (work/study awards): we
of 30,000 to 50,000 words (PhD) or 20,000 to 25,000
offer a number of opportunities in which qualified
words (MPhil) supported by a resource list.
individuals can acquire experience appropriate to
 andidates for the MPhil/PhD by thesis are required
▪▪ C their career paths through practical work within the
to submit a dissertation of normally around 30,000 Department. These are normally of a value between
to 50,000 words for an MPhil, and 70,000 to 100,000 £500 and £4,000 a year.
words for a PhD.
▪▪ Postgraduate awards: the Department has a number
As in other institutions, candidates are normally of one-year scholarships available, usually of between
registered initially on the MPhil degree, and upgraded £250 and £3,000.
to PhD during the second year of their course.
▪▪ The University of York offers a number of
Your background scholarships for Chinese PhD students, in
Applicants for the MPhil/PhD in Music are normally collaboration with the Chinese Scholarships Council
required to have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent (CSC). Find out more at york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-
in a related undergraduate degree and to have gained research/funding/china-scholarships.
a Masters degree in a related subject; professional ▪▪ Eligible students on the MA Music Production and
experience can be accepted in lieu of formal education. MA Community Music can apply for the Chevening
For more information about research degrees at York, Scholarship. Find out more at chevening.org/partners/
see page 32. universities/york.

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See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Honorary Visiting Professor
Changjun Xu, PhD (CCOM), President of Tianjin Conservatory for
Professor and Head of Department Music – Composition
Ambrose Field, PGCE, PhD (City) – Composition;
postmodernism; music education Honorary Fellows
Julian Arguëlles – Jazz composer and pianist
Dame Janet Baker, CH – Opera and Lieder singer
William Brooks, MMus, DMA (Illinois) – Composition;
American music and culture; popular music and jazz Jenny Doctor, PhD (Northwestern) – Musicologist;
sound archivist
Tim Howell, PhD (Southampton) – Musical analysis;
the music of Sibelius; contemporary Finnish music Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, DUniv – Indian Sarod player
and composer
Roger Marsh, PhD (York) – Composition; music theatre;
contemporary music; Japanese music David Lumsdaine, DMus – Composition
Peter Seymour, DMus (York), FRCO, ARCM, LTCL – Performance Donald Mitchell, CBE, PhD, DUniv – Publisher, critic, author
practice; vocal/keyboard music 1550–1900; Lieder; conducting Richard Shephard, DMus, DUniv – Composition
Jonathan Wainwright, PhD (Cambridge) – 16th- and Trevor Wishart, PhD (York) – Composition
17th‑century Italian and English music; performance practice;
editing; church music

Professors Emeritus
David Blake, MA (Cambridge) – Composition
Nicola LeFanu, DMus (Durham), FRCM – Composition

Robert Hollingworth, BA (Oxford) – Performance;
ensemble singing; music and drama
Catherine Laws, PhD (York) – Contemporary music
performance practices; embodiment and gesture in music;
words and music; collaboration
Thomas Simaku, PhD (York) – Composition;
European modernism; contemporary music

Reader Emeritus
John Potter, PhD (Open) – Writer and performer

Senior Lecturers
Jonathan Eato, PhD (York) – Composition; improvisation;
jazz performance practice; interdisciplinary performance
Federico Reuben, PhD (Brunel) – Composition; live electronic
performance; sound artist
Áine Sheil, PhD (King’s College London) – Contemporary and
20th-century opera production; theatre and performance theory;
Wagner; reception theory; gender theory
John Stringer, PhD (York) – Composition; contemporary
performance practice; conducting
Martin Suckling, PhD (RAM) – Composition; performance;
chamber music; contemporary music
Jez Wells, PhD (York), MIET – Music technology;
audio engineering; spectral modelling; sound recording

Bruce Cole – MA in Community Music course leader;
composition; education
Hauke Egermann, PhD (Hanover) – Music psychology
Liz Haddon, PhD (York), LRSM – Pedagogy; performance
Daniel March, DPhil (York) – Composition; musical analysis;
music of the 20th and 21st centuries

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Studying Philosophy at York will enable you to refine your analytical skills and advance your
knowledge in a supportive, friendly department with excellent teaching and research. You will
develop transferable skills in a vibrant and stimulating research environment which has strong
links to other universities. Graduate careers include academia, business, finance, marketing,
advertising and management.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

Graduate Diploma in Philosophy FT 9mo, PT 18mo

MA Philosophy FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MA Philosophy (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MPhil Philosophy FT 2yr, PT 4yr

PhD Philosophy FT 3yr, PT 6yr


Dr Owen Hulatt, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor IELTS 7.0 with no less than a 7.0 in Writing, 6.5
york.ac.uk/philosophy in Reading and 6.0 in Listening and Speaking,
+44 (0)1904 323251 or equivalent
philosophy-postgrad@york.ac.uk For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Philosophy has a vibrant We are an active centre of research in all kinds of
postgraduate and research community. ways. Our research clusters (organised around history
We bring together original research and of philosophy, mind and metaphysics, the philosophy
stimulating teaching in an informal, friendly of art and literature, political philosophy, and practical
philosophy) run a range of research activities including
setting. Postgraduates are right at the centre
a number of work in progress fora and regular reading
of our Department’s life – participating in
groups, which are actively attended by research
colloquia, pursuing research in fundamental students. Prominent philosophers both nationally and
areas of philosophy and contributing to internationally speak at our regular philosophy colloquia
undergraduate teaching. and Royal Institute of Philosophy sponsored lectures.
We are internationally recognised for the quality The Department is currently home to the journal
of our research and in the 2014 Research Excellence Mind & Language.
Framework assessment 96 per cent of our research York has developed longstanding research links
activity was judged to be of international quality. with the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, including
The Department is recognised for its international the White Rose Postgraduate Philosophy Forum, the
influence across a wide range of topics including: White Rose Aesthetics Forum, and the Centre for
philosophy of mind, aesthetics, metaphysics and ethics History of Philosophy (ChiPhi), with regular meetings
(also bioethics), as well as the history of philosophy. rotating around the three universities. Members of the
All members of staff are committed to the highest Department also collaborate closely with colleagues
standards of excellence in research and they welcome at Leeds and Durham via the (Sense) Perception in
applications from research students to work under the North project, whose recent collaborations have
their supervision. At York you will also be part of a been funded by the John Templeton Foundation via
lively research community at the Humanities Research the New Directions in the Study of Mind project.
Centre which includes staff, postgraduate students, Our postgraduate community forms a vital part of
postdoctoral scholars and academic visitors from across the life of our Department. Postgraduates are valued
the arts and humanities. participants in all aspects of our Department’s activities:
research, teaching, seminars and conferences.

OUR COURSES your particular philosophical interests. This part of the
course enables you to acquire the core and specialist
We offer a range of programmes: a graduate diploma, a
knowledge needed to pursue research in virtually any
taught MA degree, and research programmes at the MA,
area of philosophy.
MPhil and PhD levels.
Other elements include the Postgraduate Research
The taught MA in Philosophy is particularly suitable
Skills module, which aims to help you develop essential
if you intend to go on to research in core areas of the
skills in research, philosophical writing, leading
subject. The MPhil and PhD programmes provide an
discussion and presenting your work. There is also a
opportunity for you to do intensive guided research on a
Dissemination Practice module: students arrange a
topic of your own choosing with a specialist supervisor.
mini‑conference at which they present and discuss their
philosophical ideas.
Graduate Diploma in Philosophy
The knowledge, skills and experience gained during
If you have no background in Philosophy, this course the course culminate in the dissertation. You start
is intended to provide an opportunity to do advanced thinking about your dissertation topic at the outset.
work in the subject and to obtain an honours-level A Dissertation Preparation module runs throughout
qualification in it. The course may be taken on either a the taught part of the programme. This allows you to
full-time basis (nine months) or a part-time basis (18 develop your ideas for a dissertation, which can be the
months). basis of applications for funding for a research degree.
The first part of the programme aims to give The dissertation itself is a sustained piece of critical
you a knowledge of important topics in philosophy writing on a topic of your choosing. A member of staff with
and also an opportunity to develop essential skills to expertise in the relevant area will provide supervision.
engage critically with those topics. In this part of the
programme, you pick from a selection of undergraduate
modules. In addition, you will study the Postgraduate
Research Skills module, designed to provide training in
writing skills, critical thinking and philosophical analysis.
The second part of the programme aims to give After teaching in Singapore
you experience in applying philosophical skills to a
well-defined problem under the guidance of an expert and curating for an arts venue
in the area. To achieve this aim, you will prepare a
written project based on independent research that
in Edinburgh, I wanted my research
is supervised by a member of staff. project to grow out of those interrelated
The Graduate Diploma is sometimes used as a
springboard for continuing to a Masters-level degree
experiences. I am exploring
in Philosophy (although there is no automatic fundamental, philosophical questions
admission to the MA).
around meaning and purpose, while
Your background
The course is open to those who already have a 2:1  identifying useful principles for
Bachelors degree (or equivalent) in any subject.
professional practice. York welcomes
MA Philosophy diversity in research and genuinely
This Masters degree offers the opportunity to acquire cares about the impact philosophy
the core knowledge and skills necessary to engage in
philosophical research. As such it is an ideal preparation has in the ‘real world’. From supervisors
for doing a research degree, such as an MPhil or PhD, in
Philosophy. The MA may be studied either full-time over
and support staff to resources and
one year or part-time over two years. training opportunities, this ethos is
The taught element of the course is designed to
provide you with detailed knowledge of the main
shared and delivered with a sense
areas of philosophy. There are two core MA modules: of commitment and community.”
Topics in Practical Philosophy, and Topics in Theoretical
Philosophy. You can choose two other modules from Anu, PhD Philosophy
a wide range of available options, in accordance with

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Your background Your background
The course is open to those who already have a This research degree is available to students with an MA
2:1 Bachelors degree (or equivalent) which includes or equivalent in Philosophy.
some philosophy.
PhD research degree
MA Philosophy (by research) The PhD offers students the opportunity to take a
The MA in Philosophy (by research) offers you the research degree in Philosophy full-time over three years
opportunity to take a research degree in Philosophy or part-time over six years.
full‑time over one year or part-time over two years. Students on the PhD will be expected to engage in
Assessment is solely by thesis, which should the creation and interpretation of new philosophical
be between 20,000 and 30,000 words. For more knowledge and understanding, through original research
information about research degrees at York, see page 32. or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy
Your background peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline,
and merit publication.
The course is open to those who already have a
You will be supervised by an expert in your research
2:1 Bachelors degree (or equivalent) which includes
area. Members of staff have research interests in
some philosophy.
analytic aesthetics, ancient philosophy, early modern
philosophy (Descartes to Hume), philosophy of
MPhil research degree
language and logic, philosophy of mind and psychology,
The MPhil offers students the opportunity to take a philosophy of religion, metaphysics and epistemology,
research degree in Philosophy full-time over two years political philosophy, and contemporary practical and
or part-time over four years. theoretical ethics. There is an independent formal
Students on the MPhil will be expected to acquire review of progress at the end of the first and second
a systematic understanding of an area of philosophy years of study (second and fourth years for part‑time
and a critical awareness of current problems and/or students). Assessment is by thesis, which should
new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, be between 60,000 and 80,000 words, and by oral
the forefront of the discipline. examination (viva). For more information about
You will be supervised by an expert in your research research degrees at York, see page 32.
area. Members of staff have research interests in
analytic aesthetics, ancient philosophy, early modern Your background
philosophy (Descartes to Hume), philosophy of This research degree is available to students with an MA
language and logic, philosophy of mind and psychology, or equivalent in Philosophy.
philosophy of religion, metaphysics and epistemology,
political philosophy, and contemporary practical and AVAILABLE FUNDING
theoretical ethics. There is an independent formal For details on potential funding visit
review of progress at the end of the first year of study york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding.
(second year for part-time students). Assessment is by
thesis, which should be between 40,000 and 60,000
words, and by oral examination (viva). For more
information about research degrees at York, see page 32.

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Lecturers
Richard Chappell, PhD (Princeton) – Ethics; metaethics
Professor and Head of Department
James Clarke, PhD (Durham) – Rousseau; Fichte; Hegel;
Alan Thomas, DPhil (Oxford) – Moral, social and
post‑Kantian moral and political philosophy; philosophy
political philosophy; consciousness
of recognition
Professors Stephen Everson, PhD (London) – Ancient philosophy;
Gregory Currie, PhD (London) – The arts and cognition philosophy of mind and action

Peter Lamarque, BPhil (Oxford) – Aesthetics; philosophy Johan Gustafsson, PhD (Royal Institute of Technology,
of literature; philosophy of art Stockholm) – Decision theory; value theory; normative ethics;
personal identity and Locke
Paul Noordhof, PhD (London) – Philosophy of mind and action;
metaphysics; metaethics Owen Hulatt, PhD (York) – Adorno; critical theory;
philosophy of recognition
Tom Stoneham, PhD (London) – Early modern philosophy;
‘consciousness’; metaphysics Barry Lee, PhD (London) – Metaphysics; philosophy of language

Matthew Ratcliffe, PhD (Cambridge) – Emotions; intentionality; Louise Richardson, PhD (Warwick) – Philosophy of mind;
empathy perception
Helen Yetter-Chappell, PhD (Princeton) – Consciousness;
Professors Emeritus idealism; philosophy of mind
Thomas Baldwin, PhD (Cambridge) – 20th-century philosophy;
bioethics Associate Lecturer
Marie McGinn, DPhil (Oxford) – Wittgenstein Christopher Jay, PhD (London) – Metaethics; history of ethics

Reader Honorary Life Fellow

Stephen Holland, DPhil (Oxford), PhD (York) – Bioethics; Andrew Ward, BA (Exeter) – Aesthetics; Kant; personal identity
public health ethics
Honorary Fellow
Senior Lecturers Christopher Belshaw, PhD (UC Santa Barbara) –
Keith Allen, PhD (London) – Philosophy of mind; Value theory; issues in life and death; personal identity;
history of modern philosophy; metaphysics environmental philosophy

David Efird, MDiv, DPhil (Oxford) – Metaphysics of modality;

philosophy of religion; philosophical theology
Mary Leng, PhD (Toronto) – Philosophy of mathematics
and science; philosophical logic; metaphysics
Martin O’Neill, PhD (Harvard) – Political philosophy; theories of
equality and social justice
Christian Piller, PhD (Princeton) – Moral philosophy;
epistemology; philosophy and economics

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Our graduates have forged highly successful careers as professional physicists in academia,
research, government, industry and commerce. We pride ourselves on the versatility and skills
that our Physics graduate programmes provide, which have led to career paths also in business
management, engineering, finance, the computer industry and law. We are committed to
working with our graduates to build a career, not just a degree award.

Courses offered  FT full-time  PT part-time

MSc Fusion Energy FT 1yr, PT 2yr

MSc Physics (by research) FT 1yr, PT 2yr
PhD Physics FT 3yr, PT 6yr
PhD Plasma Science and Fusion Energy FT 4yr


Graduate Admissions IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component,
york.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 322236 For further details, see pages 30 and 48

The Department of Physics has an excellent The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised
international reputation for both teaching the strength in depth and impact of physics research at
and research. You will be part of a vibrant, York. It assessed over 80 per cent of our research output
supportive and friendly community of to be in the highest two categories of world-leading and
internationally excellent, and half of our impact case
physicists engaged in a wide range of
studies were awarded the highest ranking of world-
exciting, cutting‑edge research.
leading. With over 90 per cent of our staff assessed,
We believe that a sound academic reputation and a
this reflects the vitality of physics research at York.
strong research base are of immense benefit to all our
The Department of Physics has been awarded the
students. The Department is growing vigorously with
Athena SWAN Silver award for commitment to gender
an investment package, during the last five years, of 28
equality and Champion status within the Institute
new academic posts, with professorships in photonics,
of Physics’ Juno programme in recognition of our
biophysics, quantum information technologies and
actions to address the under-representation of women
nuclear physics, plus major new laboratories and
in Physics.
facilities including the York JEOL Nanocentre, the
Our research is organised into three internationally
York Plasma Institute, the Biological Physical Sciences
recognised groups: Condensed Matter Physics Institute,
Institute and the York Centre for Quantum Technologies.
Nuclear Physics, and the York Plasma Institute (plasma
We are host to the national EPSRC Centre for Doctoral
physics and fusion research).
Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy
(the Fusion CDT), which is a collaboration between
universities and government research institutes.
Reflecting this, our research student numbers have
doubled in the last five years, providing an exciting
environment for new postgraduate students to join.
Research is backed up by a large group of postdoctoral
researchers and technical staff equipped with modern
mechanical and electronic workshops and world-class
experimental and computing facilities.

OUR COURSES As a research student, you will join one of our
leading research groups, which bring together expertise
The Department offers a taught MSc in Fusion
in areas such as condensed matter physics, nuclear
Energy and three research degrees: MSc by research,
physics, plasma physics and fusion, biological physics
a three‑year PhD and a four-year PhD. We also offer
and quantum physics. You will work closely with your
part-time study options.
academic supervisor and with the support of other
Your background postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and
The minimum entry requirement for the PhD staff in your group.
is the equivalent of a 2:1 degree in Physics or a
Condensed Matter Physics
related subject. For both MSc courses the minimum
The Condensed Matter Physics Institute offers a number
requirement is the equivalent of a 2:2 degree in
of projects in the areas of experimental, theoretical
Physics or a related subject. Other qualifications
and computational physics that encompass a broad
will be considered, as will part-time study.
range of exciting topics from fundamental aspects of
condensed matter at the atomic scale to developing new
MSc Fusion Energy
applications for future technologies within four main
The taught MSc in Fusion Energy introduces students research themes:
to both magnetic and inertial fusion, with lectures, ▪▪ nano and low-dimensional structures
laboratory classes, workshops presented by outside
▪▪ magnetism and spintronics
experts and a summer project. It is a full‑year course
starting in October and finishing in September. ▪▪ quantum theory and applications
The course provides a firm foundation in fusion ▪▪ biophysics and organic systems
physics. It is an ideal course to prepare you for a PhD
We work extensively at an interdisciplinary interface
in fusion energy, for employment in fusion laboratories
together with industry in international collaborations
or a wide range of other industries. A range of teaching
that are supported locally by our world-class facilities,
is provided including two workshops given by external
including the York JEOL Nanocentre, advanced growth
experts, and a summer project in a research group,
and fabrication facilities, powerful computational
with the possibility of undertaking the project at major
laboratories such as the Culham Centre for Fusion
Energy or the Central Laser Facility. See york.ac.uk/study/
postgraduate-taught/courses/msc-fusion-energy. I was attracted to study in
MSc/PhD research degrees the Department of Physics
Our supportive academic community nurtures around because unique interdepartmental
150 research students, all working on individual yet
interrelated projects. You can develop your own research
collaborations allow me to be involved
and contribute to our understanding of physics on a in a very new field of optical and
one-year MSc or a three-year doctoral degree. MSc by
research students may move on to the second year of
nanomaterial research. I’ve particularly
the PhD, subject to satisfactory progress, funding and enjoyed seeing different perspectives
available supervision.
Alongside your research, taught modules will help and approaches to the same research
you develop specialist skills and relate your project questions. I’m very impressed by the
to developments in the field. You will choose from a
wide range of Masters and undergraduate modules in sense of camaraderie among staff and
specialist areas to complement your research.
There are often opportunities to join an existing
students and the many opportunities
research project as a PhD student. We are also happy to to develop my career, such as teaching,
hear proposals for new research projects, so if you have
something in mind, identify a potential supervisor and
attending and presenting at
get in touch. You can search our research database by international conferences.”
subject or keyword to discover which academics work in
your area of interest, and find details of current projects Sam, PhD Physics
at york.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate/phd-projects.

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methods and extensive computing resources. The group further stimulating this exciting field of research. In
has a high international standing and has demonstrated nuclear structure, key questions of interest are the
leadership in several key areas of research, including a limits of nuclear existence, understanding new forms of
recent £5.1m project to develop code to provide new structure and symmetry that emerge at these limits and
insights into existing and predicted materials. investigating whether nuclei can be described in terms
Quantum Technologies of our current knowledge of the known underlying
fundamental interactions. Increasingly important is the
Fundamental aspects of quantum physics, such as
application of our knowledge to astrophysics, such as
superposition, entanglement and the irreversibility
understanding the energy generation in stars, as well
of quantum measurement, can be used to create new
as determining how heavy elements are synthesised in
technologies that can outperform their traditional
stellar explosions.
counterparts. To exploit this, York has established
The group is internationally recognised and
and invested in a new cross-disciplinary Centre for
performs research in experimental and theoretical
Quantum Technologies (YCQT), to undertake research
nuclear structure physics, nuclear fission and nuclear
and development in this growing and important field.
astrophysics. In recent years we have also expanded
York is also the lead institution for the EPSRC Quantum
into nuclear applications-related work through the
Communications Hub, which represents a major UK
development of new detectors for use in industry as
investment in quantum technology development,
well as studies to acquire nuclear data that are relevant
comprising eight universities and numerous industrial
to future fusion and fission reactors. The detector work
partners. In the Department of Physics we offer a
has led to the formation of an applications laboratory
range of experimental and theoretical projects, linked
that has close connections with industrial partners
to our research across the spectrum of quantum
and a goal to develop the next generation of radiation
communications, metrology and computing.
detectors. The expansion into nuclear theory has
In communications, we investigate theoretically
provided a significant boost to the work performed by
new applications and protocols alongside experimental
the group. At the present time, scientific activity in this
activity in quantum communications. In metrology,
area is focused on deriving energy density functionals
we investigate the preparation and measurement of
that can precisely describe nuclear spectroscopic data.
non-classical resources that can be used for quantum-
This work is performed in collaboration with colleagues
enhanced measurement and sensing, considering both
in Finland, Warsaw and Michigan State University.
optical and matter systems. For quantum processing
The group conducts a diverse experimental and
and computing, we investigate both architectures and
theoretical programme with the opportunity to be a
techniques – such as measurement-based and quantum-
part of large-scale, international projects and for travel
bus-mediated approaches – along with the physical
to a range of overseas laboratories in France, Finland,
realisations of qubits and devices.
Germany, Switzerland, the USA, Japan and Canada.
Quantum technology PhD students will join a strong,
Our extensive collaborative network, high international
cross-disciplinary research collaboration that extends
reputation and expert training ensure that our graduates
across the UK and internationally.
are in very high demand in the nuclear industry, medical
The Physics of Life physics, computational physics, finance and academia.
Exciting and challenging PhD opportunities are available York Plasma Institute
in biological physics/biophysics research at the physical–
The York Plasma Institute (YPI) is a collaboration
life sciences interface. This research spans multiple
between the University of York and EPSRC that provides
length scales from quantum biology and individual
a stimulating training and research environment across
molecules through to single-cell physics and the
three exciting areas of plasma science: laser plasma
biophysics of cell populations and complex tissues. The
interactions, low-temperature plasmas and magnetic
Biological Physical Sciences Institute (BPSI) is a multi-
confinement fusion. We offer MSc and PhD research
departmental research centre focused on developing
programmes in all of these areas, as well as a taught MSc
cutting-edge research into physical science methods
in Fusion Energy. We lead the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral
and analysis to tackle challenging biological questions,
Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy.
involving several research scientists in the Department
Our laser-plasma interaction programme offers
of Physics running potential PhD projects in this area.
research degrees across a wide range of topics, from
Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics studies of ultra-high irradiance experiments where
Nuclear physics poses an array of challenging questions gamma rays produce electron–positron pairs, through
with the recent advent of accelerated radioactive beams spectroscopic investigations of the mixing of ablator

shell and deuterium–tritium fuel at the US National institutes, including the Culham Centre for Fusion
Ignition Facility, to studies of X-ray free electron laser Energy, the Central Laser Facility, the National Nuclear
interactions. We offer research projects across the full Laboratory, AWE, the National Ignition Facility, ITER and
spectrum, from theory/computing to experiments with Fusion for Energy, as well as industry partners. This four-
large laser systems. year PhD programme integrates a substantial research
Low-temperature plasma research bridges physics, project with a short taught programme, in a range
chemistry, biology and the life sciences with applications of inertial and magnetic fusion disciplines spanning
in nano-fabrication (together with Intel); electrical materials and plasma physics. The combination of
thrusters for space propulsion technologies; thin world-leading experts, international facilities and
film deposition for material sciences; environmental funding to develop collaborations around the world
and agricultural applications; and biomedical creates an outstanding training environment for the
applications including plasma medicine for cancer next generation of fusion scientists who will help make
treatment. We develop and employ modern optical fusion energy a reality.
diagnostic techniques, in particular non-linear laser The Fusion CDT is under consideration for
spectroscopy, as well as advanced multi‑scale numerical renewal. Continuation of the programme and funded
simulations. Our state-of-the-art YPI laboratories studentships is subject to the success of this renewal
provide world‑leading experimental facilities. bid. For more information visit fusion-cdt.ac.uk.
Magnetic confinement fusion research at YPI is
currently focused on the tokamak, addressing issues AVAILABLE FUNDING
for ITER and fusion energy. Our research spans Eligible UK and EU applicants will be considered for
theory and computing projects on the world’s largest EPSRC/STFC and University studentships. Studentships
supercomputers, through hands-on experimental normally require at least a 2:1 degree, or equivalent. MSc
facilities in the YPI laboratories, to international tokamak students must arrange their own funding. For students
facilities such as JET and MAST-U. Research interests from outside the EU the University offers some funding
include handling the exhaust power from a tokamak opportunities: see york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/
plasma; plasma turbulence and instabilities that limit funding/international. Those resident in, or connected
the fusion power in a tokamak like ITER; and developing to, the UK may be eligible for EPSRC/STFC studentships
advanced instrumentation for making measurements in and Centre for Doctoral Training funded places. For
the hostile fusion plasma environment. further information see: york.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate/
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the
Science and Technology of Fusion Energy
Led by York, the Fusion CDT is a collaboration between
five of the UK’s top universities – Durham, Liverpool,
Manchester, Oxford and York – and world-class research

See our web pages for an up-to-date list. Ed Boyes, PhD (Cambridge) – Nanophysics of catalysts,
single atom resolution in-situ electron microscopy
Professor and Head of Department Roy Chantrell, PhD (Wales) – Theoretical studies of
Kieran Gibson, PhD (Manchester) – Experimental plasma magnetic materials
physics and magnetic confinement fusion
Irene D’Amico, PhD (University of Missouri) – Condensed matter
theory: quantum computing, spintronics, many-body systems
Andrei Andreyev, PhD (Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Jacek Dobaczewski, PhD (Warsaw) – Nuclear structure,
Dubna, Russia) – Nuclear fission, nuclear structure, laser-based exotic nuclei, collective phenomena
studies with radioactive exotic beams Brian Fulton, PhD (Birmingham) – Nuclear physics:
Mohamed Babiker, DPhil (Sussex) – Condensed matter physics; nuclear astrophysics
optical and matter vortices: quantum and atom optics Dame Pratibha Gai, PhD (Cambridge) – Surface science:
Michael Bentley, PhD (Liverpool) – Nuclear physics: nanomaterials; catalysis, dynamic atomic processes; in-situ
nuclear structure microscopy

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Timo Gans, PhD (Essen) – Low-temperature plasmas: John Pasley, PhD (Imperial College London) – Inertial
diagnostics, numerical simulations, technological applications confinement fusion; shock wave hydrodynamics;
Rex Godby, PhD (Cambridge) – Theory and simulation laser-plasma interactions
of electrons in matter using many-body techniques Martin Smalley, DPhil (Oxford) – Clay swelling;
David Jenkins, DPhil (York) – Nuclear physics: nuclear structure; colloid stability and neutron scattering
high-spin gamma-ray spectroscopy; heavy-ion radiative capture Erik Wagenaars, PhD (Eindhoven) – Low-temperature and
Thomas F Krauss, PhD (Glasgow) – Nanophotonics, biosensors, laser plasmas: optical diagnostics, technological applications
Mark Leake, PhD (London) – Single-molecule cellular biophysics
Charles Barton, PhD (Clark) – Nuclear physics
Bruce Lipschulz, PhD (Wisconsin) – Low‑temperature plasma
Emily Brunsden, PhD (Canterbury NZ) – Astronomy and
physics in fusion energy research
astrophysics: high-resolution spectroscopy of stars
Tom McLeish, PhD, FRS (Cambridge) - Soft matter and
Istvan Cziegler, PhD (MIT) – Plasma turbulence; non-linearity;
biological physics
tokamak confinement; imaging diagnostics
Kevin O’Grady, PhD (Wales) – Magnetic materials:
James Dedrick, PhD (Australian National University) –
magnetisation reversal in materials
Low‑temperature plasma physics and applications;
Matthew Probert, PhD (Birmingham) – Condensed matter electric propulsion
theory; first principles computer simulation of materials
David Dickinson – DPhil (York) – Simulation and theory
Tim Spiller, PhD (Durham) – Quantum technologies: of magnetically confined fusion plasmas
communications, metrology and computing
Christian Diget, PhD (Aarhus) – Nuclear physics
Greg Tallents, PhD (Australian National University) –
Richard F L Evans, PhD (York) – Atomistic spin dynamics
Laser interaction with matter; high-energy density materials
and simulations of advanced magnetic materials and devices
Sarah Thompson, PhD (Durham) – Magnetic materials:
Yvette Hancock, PhD (Monash) – Theoretical design of
spintronics; nanoscale thermal transport
nanotechnologies and Raman spectroscopy for bio-applications
Roddy Vann, PhD (Warwick) – Theory of magnetically
Andrew Higginbotham, DPhil (Oxford) – High-energy density
confined fusion plasmas
and high-pressure physics; atomistic simulation; X-ray diffraction
Bob Wadsworth, PhD (Liverpool) – Nuclear structure physics:
Christopher Murphy, PhD (Imperial College London) –
exotic nuclei
Experimental laser‑plasma physics; extreme fields; plasma
Howard Wilson, PhD (Cambridge) – Plasma physics: acceleration
magnetic confinement fusion
Stefanos Paschalis, PhD (Liverpool) – Nuclear detector
Nigel Woolsey, PhD (Oxford) – Laser plasmas; laboratory technology for societal applications
astrophysics; inertial confinement fusion; X-ray spectroscopy
Alessandro Pastore, PhD (Milan) – Nuclear energy density
Jun Yuan, PhD (Cambridge) – Nanophysics: nanomaterials; functional theory, nuclear astrophysics
advanced microscopy; atomically resolved spectroscopy
Andrew Pratt, PhD (York) – Surface properties of nanomaterials;
electron spectroscopy; molecular spintronics
Ben Dudson, DPhil (Oxford) – Plasma physics: Chris Ridgers, PhD (Imperial College London) – Plasma physics
explosive instabilities and turbulence in tokamaks Gonzalo Vallejo Fernandez, PhD (York) – Condensed matter
Roland Kröger, PhD (Hamburg) – Electron microscopy; defects physics; thin film and fine particle magnetism
and interfaces in semiconductors and metals; nanostructures Laurence Wilson, PhD (Edinburgh) – High-speed video and
Alison Laird, PhD (Edinburgh) – Nuclear astrophysics high-throughput image analysis techniques

Vlado Lazarov, PhD (Wisconsin) – Oxide surface and interfaces; Ignacio Wilson-Rae, PhD (UC Santa Barbara) – Quantum
topological insulators; spintronics photonics; nanomechanics and optomechanics

Keith McKenna, PhD (Sheffield) – Condensed matter theory; Jing Wu, PhD (Exeter) – Magnetic materials: dynamic
properties of metal oxide materials magnetisation mapping of advanced materials and devices

Deborah O’Connell, PhD (Dublin City) – Low-temperature Research Fellows

plasmas, technological applications, including plasma medicine
Aires Ferreira, PhD (Porto) – Condensed matter theory;
Steve Tear, DPhil (York) – Nanomaterials: electronic and quantum optics
structural properties of surfaces and interfaces
Phil Hasnip, PhD (Cambridge) - Research software engineering
Senior Lecturers Kate Lancaster, PhD (Imperial) - Experimental laser plasma
Stuart Cavill, PhD (Nottingham) – Condensed matter physics: physics, advanced inertial fusion, high energy
hybrid spintronics density physics

Robert Greenall, PhD (Keele) – Computer simulation of Agnes Noy, PhD (Barcelona) – Molecular modelling of
macromolecular dynamics; molecular dynamics of DNA biomolecules such as DNA

Phil Lightfoot, PhD (Bristol) – Particle astrophysics Marina Petri, PhD (Liverpool) – Nuclear physics:
structure of exotic nuclei

The Department of Politics at York is at the heart of current thinking, research and debate. We
are home to a prestigious, lively and international community of students and academics at
the forefront of research in the main political areas of conflict and development, international
politics, political theory and public policy. Our courses pave the way to diverse careers in
international organisations, the media, law, the civil service, politics, journalism and business.

Courses offered FT full-time  PT part-time

MA Applied Human Rights FT 1yr, PT 2yr Masters of Public Administration FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Conflict, Governance Masters of Public Administration
and Development FT 1yr, PT 2yr in International Development FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Contemporary History Mundus MAPP Masters Program
and International Politics FT 1yr, PT 2yr in Public Policy FT 2yr
MA International Political Economy: PhD Politics FT 3yr, PT 6yr
Critical Theories, Issues and Conflicts FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Post-war Recovery Studies FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA International Relations FT 1yr, PT 2yr PhD Environment and Politics FT 3yr, PT 6yr
MA Political Theory FT 1yr, PT 2yr MA Social Research: see page 194
MA Post-war Recovery Studies FT 1yr, PT 2yr
MA Public Administration
and Public Policy FT 1yr, PT 2yr


Liz O’Brien, Graduate School Co-ordinator IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component,
york.ac.uk/politics or equivalent
+44 (0)1904 323561 For MA Contemporary History and International Politics,
liz.obrien@york.ac.uk see page 112
For further details, see pages 30 and 48


Choosing to study in the Department of Politics Latin America, southern Africa, the Middle East and
means you will join an academic community Central and South Asia.
that places a high value on the relationship We are ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education’s
between excellence in research and teaching, ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
and on intellectual diversity. results, confirming York’s standing as a centre of world-
Our staff are at the cutting edge of their research leading and internationally excellent research, with
fields, and are committed both to research of the major global and national impact.
highest standards and to applying their knowledge As a postgraduate student you benefit from being
to real-world problems. The Department provides taught by leading scholars in the field, and from being
an intellectually diverse, international and friendly part of a large, diverse and international student
environment in which the next generation of experts community. There are plenty of opportunities for
and researchers in politics and public policy are trained. you to develop your intellectual skills outside classes
Our teaching and research cover all the major by presenting your research at workshops and by
sub-disciplines of politics including political theory; participating in study groups. Our students go on
comparative politics and public policy; political economy to a range of professional careers around the world.
and conflict; security and development. We have
regional expertise in British and European politics,

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OUR COURSES MA International Political Economy:
We run a number of Masters degrees in the main areas Critical Theories, Issues and Conflicts
of the discipline. These degrees usually comprise a At the heart of this course are passionate discussions on
dissertation and six taught modules. All our programmes contemporary issues such as international development,
(with the exception of the Mundus MAPP Masters global financial regulation and the organisation of
Program in Public Policy) can be studied part-time production and trade.
as well as full-time. You will complete two core modules: Contemporary
Your background Issues in International Political Economy and Critical
Theories of International Political Economy. You also
We typically ask for a 2:1 first degree or international
choose four option modules to develop your particular
equivalent. However, exceptions are sometimes made
research interests. In the Summer Term and over the
for students with different backgrounds, in which case
vacation you will consolidate these interests through your
assessment is by written work and additional references.
work on a dissertation project of your choice.
For the MA in Political Theory, you will normally have
This MA is an excellent pathway to careers in a wide
a background in political theory; however, applications
range of private and public sector organisations, and for
from different academic backgrounds will be considered.
further academic study in international political economy,
international relations and political science. Recent
MA Applied Human Rights
graduates work as researchers at leading universities
Run by the Centre for Applied Human Rights, this and consultants for international agencies and local
unique Masters degree explores how human rights can government in the UK.
advance social justice in law, policy and social activism.
For further information see page 121. MA International Relations
This course will enable you to understand contemporary
MA Conflict, Governance and Development
international events, their causes and repercussions, in
This course looks at contemporary debates in international great depth through theoretical debates – and how those
development and the challenges and opportunities debates resonate in our international environment.
confronting developing countries and their citizens. You will complete two core modules: Themes and
It combines a strong focus on the major theories of Theories in International Relations and New Security
development with empirical analysis of the experiences of Challenges. You will also choose four option modules to
particular countries and regions. develop your particular research interests. In the Summer
You will complete two core modules: Theories and Term and over the vacation you will consolidate these
Policies of Development Governance, and Conflict and interests through your work on a dissertation project of
Development. You will also choose four option modules your choice.
to allow you to develop your particular research interests. This MA is an excellent pathway to careers in a wide
In the Summer Term and over the vacation you will range of private and public sector organisations, and
consolidate these interests through your work on a for further academic study in international relations
dissertation project of your choice. and political science. Recent graduates work for leading
This MA is an excellent pathway to careers in the universities and as policy advisers in various countries
development/NGO sector, a wide range of private and around the world.
public sector organisations, and for further academic
study in development, political science and international MA Political Theory
relations. Recent graduates work for development charities
This course will encourage you to learn to think in
including the International Committee of the Red Cross.
different ways about the deepest questions and problems
of political life. You will pursue interests in a wide range
MA Contemporary History
of topics in politics, philosophy and intellectual history.
and International Politics
It provides you with the opportunity to get to grips
This course provides a foundation for graduate-level with some of the central and enduring questions of
research into contemporary history (c1900 to the present) political theory.
and international politics. See page 112 for details. You will complete one core module: Approaches to
Political Theory. You will also choose five option modules.
In the Summer Term and over the vacation you

will consolidate your interests through your work on a knowledge most desired by professionals for a career in
dissertation project of your choice. policy advising, lobbying, political research, journalism
This MA is an excellent pathway to careers in a wide and academia. Recent graduates work in the legal
range of private and public sector organisations, and for profession and as senior policy analysts for a variety
further academic study in political theory, international of government and non-governmental agencies. It is
relations and political science. Recent graduates work as also an excellent pathway to further study, in public
university lecturers, parliamentary assistants, librarians administration and political science.
and television producers.
Masters of Public Administration
MA Post-war Recovery Studies This degree provides professional development for
This degree is unique in its field as it provides both those working in the broad field of public services
classroom and in-field training on the core issues of management or those wishing to pursue a career
post-war recovery. You will study four core modules: in that area. You learn about the organisational and
Understanding Conflict and Responses to Conflict; governmental context within which public services
The Practice of Fieldwork; Programme Planning and are delivered, and the skills required for successful
Management; and Theory and Practice of Post-war administration of public service programmes.
Recovery. You will also choose one option module. You complete five core modules: Theories of the
In Term 1 you take part in a group field trip to a war- Policy Process, Leading and Managing Change, Public
affected country, hosted by one or more international Management and Delivery, Managing Public Finances
and local humanitarian or development organisation. and Strategic Planning. You also choose an option
Past visits have included Bosnia, Sri Lanka and Lebanon. module to develop your particular research interests.
After the field trip you produce a field trip report. In In the Summer Term and over the summer vacation
Term 2 you complete a 6–8-week work placement based
in a relevant international or national organisation. You
are advised to budget £3,500 towards the expense of the
field trip and work placement. The final component of the
course is the individual research-based dissertation. Politics at York offers an
Graduates from this course play leading roles in
academia and organisations operating in conflict-
independent and strong academic
affected countries. framework to understand new political
MA Public Administration and Public Policy challenges emerging in the political
This course examines how governments create and sphere. It was important for me to find
deliver the policies that structure societies across the
globe. You will gain an understanding of the complex an institution which would give me
issues surrounding the formation, implementation enough expertise and support to
and evaluation of public policy. You will explore the
international and domestic institutional contexts achieve my research project and the
which shape the policymaking process and develop Department of Politics has specialists in
expertise in the theoretical and analytical tools
necessary to conduct high quality research in public a wide range of topics, from
policy and administration.
You complete four core modules: Theories of the
international politics to human rights
Policy Process, Public Management and Delivery, and trade. It is easy to stay in touch
Comparative Institutions and Public Policy, and
Principles of Policy Advice. You also choose two option with current work carried out across
modules to develop your particular research interests. the discipline, with regular workshops
In the Summer Term and over the summer vacation you
will consolidate these interests through your work on a and presentations from internal and
dissertation project of your choice. external speakers.”
This dynamic course provides you with the specialist
expertise to conduct high quality research in public Matthieu, PhD Politics
policy and administration. It will support and deliver

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