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York St John University
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York St John University has an award-winning, eleven-acre campus situated in the centre of York, boasting state-of-the-art facilities following an investment of more than £46 million since 2011. Around 6,000 students come to study at YSJU, with 30% of the University's research having been ranked world-leading and internationally excellent.

There are nine academic schools at York St John University:

  • The School of Art, Design & Computer Science
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Health Sciences
  • The School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
  • The School of Languages & Linguistics
  • The School of Performance & Media Production
  • The School of Psychological & Social Sciences
  • The School of Sport
  • York Business School

Originally founded in 1841 as York Teacher Training School, York St John University is one of the oldest institutions in York, and became a university in 2006. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and been awarded accolades such as the Social Enterprise Gold Mark Holder for Business Excellence – and is one of the only five UK universities to hold this.

York St John University students benefit from learning in York, named as the best place to live in the UK by The Sunday Times in 2018 and voted number one city in the region for student safety (CUG 2016). The historic city has everything from shops and museums to restaurants and bars, as well as regular festivals and events throughout the year – many of which York St John University’s students take part in.

The University welcomes over 200 international students each year to come and study in York.

It is important to York St John University that all students feel included and safe during their time studying, and in recent feedback many agreed that this was the case. The Student Information Desk (SID) offers pre-arrival support and welcome and orientation activities for new students. To settle in further, students are encouraged to get involved in clubs and societies at the Students' Union, or to join one of many sports teams.  


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About the York St John University

York St John University has a postgraduate community with more than 6,000 students within its Faculties of Education & Theology, Arts, Business, and Health and Life Sciences. It offers numerous postgraduate degree options at the MA, PgDip, PgCert, MBA, MSc, and PGCE levels.

Postgraduate student body breakdown
Source: HESA, 2018

Study mode
Source: HESA, 2018

This University

42% Part Time
58% Full Time

All universities (avg)

48% Part Time
52% Full Time

Student Nationality
Source: HESA, 2018


UK students


Non-UK students

Study level
Source: HESA, 2018

5,115 Undergraduate
745 Postgraduate

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Source: HESA, 2018


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