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 2018/19

PhD Funding

Commonwealth Scholarships for PhD Students

Applications are now open for 2018 Commonwealth PhD Scholarships for citizens of high income Commonwealth countries. For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit Please note: You must hold an unconditional offer from the University of York by the time you submit your application.

This competition is now closed.

Graduate Teaching Scholarships for PhD Students

The Department of Philosophy at the University of York wishes to award two Graduate Teaching Scholarships to support students working towards a postgraduate research degree in the Department. The scholarships will provide valuable teaching experience for those 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 before the closing date for these scholarships (see:

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 £7,500 p.a. and a fee waiver at the home rate is also included. Subject to satisfactory performance and academic progress, scholarships last for up to three years. The scholarships on offer start from 1 October 2018.

How to apply

More information, including job description, person specification and how to apply, can be obtained in GTS specifications 2018 competition (PDF  , 371kb).

Further details are available from David Worsley at Please include ‘Graduate Teaching Scholarship’ in the subject heading of your email.

This competition is now closed. 

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

Fully funded PhD positions in Philosophy

Applications are invited for two PhD studentships in Philosophy, one at Birkbeck, University of London, and one at University of York. They provide three-year PhD scholarships at Research Council rates for maintenance and home/EU fees. The successful candidates will join a research project on “Learning from Fiction” funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Greg Currie (York), Stacie Friend (Birkbeck) and psychologist Heather Ferguson (Kent). The project will begin in the autumn of 2018.

This competition is now closed.  

China Scholarships Council (CSC) competition

The University of York is pleased to offer up to 10 (ten) 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 2018/19 academic year. Awards will be based on academic merit and CSC priorities. Applicants for a CSC scholarship will find full information about the scholarships and eligibility and application instructions at:

This year's competition is now closed.  

WRoCAH 2018 PhD studentship competition

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 is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York. 

Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York. The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website:

This year's competition is now closed.  

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:

This year's competition is now closed.  

York Graduate Research School Scholarships for Overseas Research Students

These prestigious scholarships awarded by the York Graduate Research School offer a range of tuition fee discounts. The scholarships are open to international students applying to study a PhD at York and are split into three categories:

Overseas Research Scholarships

  • Six scholarships available
  • No tuition fees
  • £5,000 stipend for each year of successful study (valid for three years)

Scholarships for Overseas Students

  • Variable number of scholarships available
  • 25% tuition fee discount for each year of successful study (valid for three years)

Overseas Continuation Scholarships (Masters to PhD)

  • For current University of York Masters students who are progressing to PhD studies at York
  • Six scholarships available
  • £5,000 tuition fee discount in the first year of your course

This year's competition is now closed.  

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 and funding for postgraduate taught courses at York:

Postgraduate taught: fees for 2018/19

Masters Funding

Masters Fee Waiver Award for 2018/19

The Department of Philosophy has one fee waiver award available for a student starting the taught MA in Philosophy in September 2018. The fee waiver is at the UK/EU rate and is available to a student applying to take the MA on a full-time basis over one year in 2018-19 or on a part-time basis over two years starting in 2018.

The competition is 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

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 Tom Stoneham, Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Research Programmes.

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