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

  • White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities Research Preparation Masters bursaries: One full bursary (fee waiver and stipend) for UK/EU students and one fee waiver bursary (at UK/EU rate) for UK/EU/overseas applicants, on Taught Postgraduate degrees only. More information about eligibility is available on the university's White Rose webpagesYou will automatically be considered for this bursary if you have applied for a place on an eligible Masters programme before the application deadline of 5 May 2017. No separate application for these bursaries is required.
  • 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.
  • YuFund/YGRS scholarships: £5,000 masters scholarships funded by YuFund and YGRS are available for York graduates who have been accepted onto a taught Masters programme. 
    These awards may be held in conjunction with one of the new postgraduate loans from the Student Loan Company or a partial scholarship/bursary, but not in conjunction with full funding (fees plus stipend). You will automatically be considered for this scholarship if you have submitted a masters application by 22 March 2017.
  • Department fee discount: the Department usually offers a £1000 discount to students coming through from its undergraduate BA/BSc programmes.  This is in addition to the University Masters fee discount scheme (see below).
  • Tips for strong applications: There is no separate application form for WRoCAH, YuFund or 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. There is a separate application form that you will need to complete and submit for these scholarships. The deadline for applications to these scholarships is 30 April of the year in which you wish to start your degree. 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 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.