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Postgraduate fees and funding

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 more about tuition fees and funding for research degrees at York

PhD funding

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. Find out more about BSPS funding

The competition for 2020 is now closed.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy studentships and bursaries

The Royal Institute of Philosophy offers up to eight Jacobsen Studentships worth £8,000 each and up to eight Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursaries worth £3,000 each. Further information is available on the Royal Institute of Philosophy website.

This competition is now closed.

Graduate Teaching Scholarships for PhD students

In the present circumstances the process of application for Graduate Teaching Scholarships is paused. An announcement will be made on this webpage when we are able to resume the application process.

UK government doctoral loan scheme

The UK government has introduced a doctoral loan scheme for students taking a PhD degree. Find out more about the doctoral loan scheme.

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. Find out more about CSC scholarships.

The competition for October 2020 entry is now closed.  

WRoCAH PhD studentships

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. Find out more about WRoCAH funding.

The competition for October 2020 entry is now closed.

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. Find out more on YGRS scholarships.

The competition for October 2020 entry is now closed.

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. Find out more about Acton-Goodman Scholarships.

The competition is now closed.

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.

Masters and Graduate Diploma fees

Find out about fees for postgraduate and graduate taught courses at York.

Joint Masters and Graduate Diploma funding

For general information please visit our taught postgraduate funding page.

Xenophanes Scholarship

For September 2020 entry, the Department of Philosophy will be offering the Xenophanes Scholarship which will be awarded as a contribution of £5,000 towards living costs.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must be holding an offer of a full or part-time place on the taught MA in Philosophy or the Graduate Diploma in Philosophy by midnight (UK time) on 30 June 2020; be a permanent resident in the UK, and classified as Home (UK) in university admissions procedures. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit with priority given to students who fulfil widening participation criteria. If you would like to be considered for the scholarship, please download this form: Xenophanes Scholarship (MS Word , 12kb) and email it to philosophy-postgrad@york.ac.uk 

The successful candidate will be notified by 10 July 2020 and reserve candidates will also be notified. In accepting the scholarship, the successful candidate will be required to do the following:

1. Attend a scholars’ welcome event on campus during the autumn term.
2. Write an end-of-year report and message of thanks to the donor in the summer term.

The successful candidate will also be asked to volunteer to support the Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA) with other fundraising and stewardship activities throughout the year but this will not be compulsory.

The awarding of the scholarship will be subject to candidates meeting any outstanding conditions of their offer of a place on either the taught MA in Philosophy or the Graduate Diploma in Philosophy, and registration on either course. Please contact David Ingram david.ingram@york.ac.uk for more details.

The competition for 2020 entry has now closed.

Masters funding

David Efird Masters Scholarship

For September 2020 entry, the Department of Philosophy is offering the David Efird Masters Scholarship. The scholarship is aimed at Home, EU or international students pursuing research in the field of philosophy of religion, or research on contemporary issues or themes using a philosophy of religion perspective. The value of the scholarship is £8,040 and is in the form of a fee waiver for Home/EU students or a reduction in fees to the value of £8,040 for international students.

To be considered for the scholarship, you must be holding an offer of a place on the taught MA in Philosophy by midnight (UK time) on 30 June 2020. 

The successful candidate will be notified by 17 July 2020 and reserve candidates will also be notified.

The competition for 2020 entry has now closed.

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. Home, EU and international students are eligible for this scholarship. 

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. 

The competition for 2020 entry has now closed.

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

Please consult our international student funding 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.

Masters prizes

Roger Woolhouse Prize

Each year a prize of £500 is awarded to the student on the MA in Philosophy programme who achieves the highest essay mark (>72) in the January MA assessment period. This prize is generously funded by the widow and family of Professor Roger Woolhouse, who taught at York from 1969 until his retirement in 2001.

The David Efird Student Prize

A prize of £300 will be awarded to the student on the MA in Philosophy programme who achieves the highest essay mark (>72) in either of the option modules: Philosophy of the Spiritual Life or, Philosophy of Christianity, or in the MA Project, provided that its topic is in the field of philosophy of religion, or research on contemporary issues or themes using a philosophy of religion perspective. This prize is generously funded by the family of Dr David Efird, who taught at York from 2002 until his sudden death in 2020.

Further information

Email: philosophy-postgrad@york.ac.uk

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.