York St John University is located in York, one of northern England's most beautiful cathedral cities, just minutes from the city centre. York is just two hours away from London by train.

York St John University was founded in the mid-19th century as a teacher-training college, but now offers a wide variety of academic subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The campus has teaching facilities for a wide range of degree subjects, as well as bar areas, refectory, shop, halls of residence, sports building, drama, music, dance and television studios, learning centre with 24-hour access, a health centre and the Students’ Union building.

As a relatively small university, we get to know our students well and work hard to help you realise your own potential. Treating you as an individual is at the heart of what we do here. Our students leave with a real feeling of not only succeeding academically, but also with a belief that they have grown as a person. Many of our graduates say that their time at York St John University really was a life-changing experience.


York St John University offers a range of modular three-year degree programmes. There is a wide choice of subject combinations together with a range of specialist degrees. We offer professional courses leading to specific careers including art and design, business management, counselling, dance, film studies, film and television production, information technology, media, music and theatre, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and sport. York St John also has an excellent reputation in teacher education. Other options include English, history, media, psychology and theology. Degrees in business management and the arts can also be taken over four years. This includes a foundation year for those who do not have the required academic qualifications or English language level for the three year programme.

Master’s programmes are offered in contemporary arts practice, English language teaching, leadership and management, leading innovation & change, educational leadership and management, counselling, literature studies, creative writing, theology and religious studies and sport psychology. The International Centre offers a variety of English Language programmes at different levels.


A major investment of £50 million in recent years has seen the development of exciting and cutting edge buildings and facilities. With plans now for more student accommodation coming online for autumn 2008, we strive to make sure the University can meet your needs in every respect.


Accommodation is guaranteed to all first-year students and may also be available in subsequent years to those who require it. All of our accommodation is modern, purpose-built and located within a few minutes walk of the main teaching buildings. All students have their own single study bedroom, with wireless internet access. Students at the Bedford Polhill campus will benefit from the new £20m ensuite halls of residence.

The Student Union provides clubs and facilities to meet all interests. There are international student associations for our African, Caribbean, Chinese, Islamic, Sikh students, among many others.

Courses Offered

Postgraduate Courses

  • Graduate Diploma Psychology
  • MSc Sport Psychology
  • Foundation Degree in Community Arts
  • MA English Language Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

  • Business Management BA (Hons)
  • English Language & Linguistics
  • Information Technology BSc (Hons)