Taught Postgraduate Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for Taught MA and MSc degrees are set by the University. Information regarding the fees for both Home/EU and Overseas students can be found through the following link. 

The Archaeology department charges fees at the lower (classroom-based) rate, regardless of your MA or MSc programme. In addition, through the link above you can find advice about determing your fee status for international students, and a useful guide about living costs, including your complete student budget. 

Departmental Funding

  • Departmental bursaries: All candidates applying to any of our Masters degrees (either taught programmes or Masters by Research, and either home or overseas), will be considered for one of our departmental bursaries. The number and value of the bursaries available varies year to year, but more detailed information will appear when it is available. You need to apply to your chosen programme through the usual application system and be offered a conditional or unconditional place on the programme. In other words, students wishing to be considered for the departmental bursaries must have applied and hold an offer from the department by 30 April of the year in which you wish to start your degree.
  • Terry Ward Scholarship: This scholarship will contribute £2,000 to one student each year studying for a MSc or MA on one of the department's Masters taught courses.   To be eligible students will need to hold an offer for a full-time taught Masters course in the Department of Archaeology by 30th April of the year in which you wish to start and be living permanently in the UK or EU.  Students will be selected based on their:
    • commitment to the field of archaeology and the public understanding of archaeology
    • academic merit
    • widening participation criteria including financial need and having completed their secondary schooling at a state school or college in the UK
  • Department fee discount: the Department usually offers a £1,000 discount to students coming through from its undergraduate BA/BSc programmes in the current year.  This is in addition to the University Masters fee discount scheme (see below).
  • Tips for strong applications: There is no separate application form for departmental scholarships, so it is recommended that you use the personal statement and CV that you submit with your application to identify key features (i.e. your research interests and career ambitions, your fit to the department, your previous experience and awards) which communicate your suitability for a scholarship. You do not have to have firmly accepted your place to be considered for a bursary, but expressions of commitment to York and the department will be taken into account.

University Funding 

  • If you've completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
  • Overseas students: There are university scholarships available to applicants who pay tuition fees at the overseas rate, including the Academic Excellence and Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships. There is a separate application form that you will need to complete and submit for these scholarships. The deadline for applications for these scholarships is detailed on the pages linked to above. You must hold an offer from the department in order to apply for the overseas student scholarships, but you do not have to have accepted your place to be considered.

Loans for Postgraduate Study  

The UK government is offering a £10,000 loan package for taught postgraduate students starting courses from September 2016.

  • The loans are for taught and research-based Master's degrees (MA and MSc)
  • Available for full-time and part-time programmes
  • They are worth up to a maximum value of £10,000
  • The loans will be available to students under the age of 60
  • You won't start making repayments until you're earning £21,000 or more

For more information, see here for full details from the University of York about postgraduate loans.

External awards

Outside of the department and the university, there are other ways to fund your postgraduate study, although they tend to be limited. The university maintains a page listing other funding sources as they become available, and there are other sites which aggregate scholarship opportunities (although note that these will cover both MA and PhD funding.) For international students, we recommend that you research funding streams within your home country, as well as those within the UK.