Postgraduate fees and funding

In considering the financing of a postgraduate degree at York, an important point to bear in mind is that York is a relatively inexpensive place in which to study. Rents for University accommodation are among the lowest in the country, and single overseas students who apply by the due date of the application are guaranteed accommodation for the duration of their course. Information about the complete range of awards offered at the University is available on the Postgraduate fees and funding page.

PhD, MPhil, MA by Research Fees

Find out about tuition fees and funding for research degrees at York:

Postgraduate research: fees for 2020/21

PhD Funding

Acton-Goodman Scholarships for PhD Students

Thanks to a generous gift from the Acton Society Trust there are two scholarships available for students applying to study a PhD degree for 2020/21 entry. 

It is anticipated that the two scholarship-holders will be studying in an area of relevance to the interests and work of the Acton Society Trust and Ted Goodman, and that both will play an active role in the Morrell Centre for Toleration.

Each scholarship offers:

  • tuition fees (at home/EU rate)
  • a maintenance stipend of around £15,000 per year
  • a £2,000 per annum allowance for research, training and conference attendance costs
  • a £5,000 transitional allowance following completion of the degree.

Full information is available here.

The competition is now closed.


Graduate Teaching Scholarships for PhD Students

The Department of Philosophy at the University of York wishes to award one Graduate Teaching Scholarship to support a student working towards a postgraduate research degree in the Department. The scholarship will provide valuable teaching experience for a student intending to pursue an academic career. The Department especially welcomes applications from suitably qualified women and persons from ethnic minorities. Any potential candidates who have not already applied to the Department’s postgraduate research programme must do so separately here before the closing date for this scholarship.

Successful candidates will teach up to 6 hours a week in seminars and tutorials for first-year undergraduates during term time, mark student work and assist in monitoring the academic progress of first-year students. Training will be provided. Scholarships start at £7687.50 p.a. and a fee waiver at the home rate is also included. Subject to satisfactory performance and academic progress, the scholarship will last for up to three years. The scholarship on offer starts from 1 October 2020.

More information, including job description, person specification and how to apply, can be downloaded GTS competition round 1 Dec 2019 (MS Word , 20kb). Further details are available from David Worsley at Please include ‘Graduate Teaching Scholarship’ in the subject heading of your email.

NB: Those who are called for interview but are unsuccessful in this competition will also be considered for future inclusion on our casual teaching register.

The January competition has closed. There will be another competition in late Spring. Details will be posted here at that time. 


UK Government Doctoral Loan Scheme

The UK Government has introduced a doctoral loan scheme for students taking a PhD degree. Further details about eligibility and how to apply can be found at


China Scholarships Council (CSC) competition

The University of York offers up to ten (10) joint-funded PhD scholarships in collaboration with the China Scholarships Council (CSC). The scholarships are open to Chinese nationals intending to begin a PhD in the 2020/21 academic year. They will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and CSC priorities. Full details are available here.

The deadline to obtain an unconditional offer from the University of York is 05 February 2020.  


WRoCAH PhD studentships starting October 2020

The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  

WRoCAH has around 50 AHRC studentships that will be awarded through open competition. 

  • Of these we expect the majority to be student-led project applications. 

  • At least 15% of the awards made will be Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) where a student works closely with a non-academic partner organisation throughout their PhD. Project areas are already defined for these, and are advertised here.

Students can make only one application for funding through the open competition for either a student-led or a collaborative project. Projects are welcome from all departments, not just Arts & Humanities, so long as the research falls within the remit of the AHRC.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply for each type of studentship are only available from the WRoCAH website. Please read the details very carefully as the application process may vary for the Collaborative Doctoral Awards with an earlier deadline for expressions of interest. 

To be eligible for funding, applicants for all types of WRoCAH AHRC Studentships must have applied for a PhD programme at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

IMPORTANT: If you are considering and/or planning to apply for a WRoCAH studentship in Philosophy at York, you MUST work with our academic staff on your application. Please contact Prof. Gregory Currie at your earliest opportunity, as a draft of your application is due to him no later than 12:00 (GMT) Tuesday 7th January 2020.  

The final closing deadline for ALL WRoCAH funding applications is 5.00pm GMT on Wednesday, 29th January 2020.


British Society for the Philosophy of Science Doctoral Scholarship Competition

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science offers a scholarship for doctoral work in the philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to a candidate of sufficient merit presenting themselves. More information is available here:

Applications are open until 21 February 2020.  


York Graduate Research School scholarships for overseas research students

These prestigious scholarships, awarded by the York Graduate Research School, offer full funding (covering 100% of tuition fees, a stipend commensurate with the UKRI rate, plus a research training support grant) for the duration of a student's enrolment period. See here for more details.

Applications for 2020/21 are open until Friday 31 January 2020, 11.59pm BST.


Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD Students

Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), these Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

The deadline for applications for the 2020 competition has now passed.


Additional Funding Sources

Further information about funding sources for postgraduate study in the UK is available from the British Philosophical Association website at:

Masters and Graduate Diploma Fees

Find out about fees for postgraduate and graduate taught courses at York: Fees for 2019/20

Masters Funding

For general information about funding please visit: Funding.

The Jane Tomlinson Masters Scholarship 

For September 2020 entry, the Department of Philosophy will be offering the Jane Tomlinson Masters Scholarship which is in the form of a fee-waiver at the UK/EU  rate.

Students applying for the taught MA in Philosophy on either a full or part-time basis will be considered for the Scholarship automatically provided that their course application has been received by midnight (UK time) on 28 February 2020.  

The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit. The successful candidate will be notified by 17 March 2020 and reserve candidates will also be notified.

The awarding of the Scholarship will be subject to candidates meeting any outstanding conditions of their offer of a place on the Taught MA in Philosophy and registration on the programme.

Masters Fee Discount for York Graduates

If you've completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

The UK Government has introduced a postgraduate loan scheme for students taking a Masters degree. The scheme is available for both taught Masters and Masters by Research programmes. The loans are available for students on part-time and full-time programmes. Further details about eligibility and how to apply can be found at Government Masters loans.

Awards for Overseas Taught Students

Overseas students should consult this webpage for the most up-to-date information concerning awards for overseas students. Please note that 'overseas' usually means where you live (domicile) and not your nationality. EU nationals living outside the EU may be considered as overseas students for fee purposes.

Students should note in particular that the University awards a number of scholarships each year to overseas students (graduates and undergraduates) of high academic standard. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and the selection takes into account academic ability and financial need.

Further information


Tel: +44 (0)1904 323251

Fax: +44 (0)1904 324023

Further information can also be obtained by emailing Professor Greg Currie, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Research Programmes.

or Dr Dave Ingram, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for the Taught MA in Philosophy and Graduate Diploma Programmes.