Fees, bursaries, scholarships and studentships

Scholarships and bursaries

External opportunities

We have identified the following opportunities as particularly relevant to applicants for our postgraduate programmes. All queries to be directed to the organisation offering the scholarship. Note: Legal statements.

Master loans

If you're starting a Masters from September 2016 you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,000. find out how a government-backed loan scheme might help you here

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. Find out more.


Campus-based programmes

Fees for MA (campus-based), MRes, MPA programmes and PhD programme

The standard annual tuition fees for MA Social Policy, MA Comparative and International Social Policy, MRes Social Policy, MRes Social Work and PhD students can be found on the University Postgraduate Fees page.

Fees quoted are for one year of study only and are subject to increase in subsequent years. The University reserves the right to alter the level of fee.

Students studying the Online Masters Programmes in Public Policy and Management (including MPA) should refer to the Online Programmes tab.

MA Social Work and NHS social work bursaries

MA Social Work has a 'non-standard' fee.

We welcome applications from overseas graduates, although 3 years UK residence is required to be eligible to apply for a NHSBSA bursary to pay your fees and living expenses, see further details. If English is not your first language please see the specific MA Social Work English language requirements.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) administers two types of bursaries for students studying social work.  They are the social work bursary and the postgraduate bursary.  Eligible students will receive the appropriate bursaries depending on their course.  For full details on eligibility criteria, the financial value of the bursaries and availability of application packs, students should visit NHS Social Work Bursaries or email their enquiry. Alternatively, call the Bursaries team on 0300 330 1342.

Online programmes

Fees for online Masters programmes

  • The standard Masters fee (for students studying in the UK and other high income countries) for the academic year 2016/17 (starting September 2016) is: £11,310
  • The discounted Masters fee (for students studying in lower income countries) for the academic year 2016/17 (starting September 2016) is: £9,310 

Please see Fee Band Countries (PDF , 33kb) to find out which fee is applicable to your country. 

There are no additional charges or application fees.

For Masters students fees will be subject to an inflationary rise in the 2nd year of study.  The University will cap this rise at a maximum of 2% per year.

For organisations enrolling a number of employees for the same starting date, we may also be able to negotiate a discount.

Further information regarding fees and available discounts can be obtained from the Online MA team: spsw-online@york.ac.uk.

You are charged on a yearly basis as you progress through the programme stages. The University of York also offers an instalment payment plan to self-funding students whereby 50% of the fee (for each individual stage of the programme) is paid at the start of the academic year, followed by two further instalments of 25% at the start of the second and third term.  (Please note: we understand that it is possible that this instalment arrangement will change to 2 payments of 50% each, 3 months apart but do not yet have confirmation of when this change will happen).  Alternatively, it is possible to pay the entire Masters fee in full at the start of the programme. Sponsors of students are expected to pay in full at the start of each stage.

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Contact details

Helen Story
Admissions Administrator

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 1228