Fees and Funding


The tuition fees for our postgraduate masters programmes are charged based on whether you are classed as a home or international student. You can use the postgraduate taught course fee finder to calculate the fees for your year of entry.


Sheffield Alumni Discount - Sheffield graduates qualify for a 10% discount on fees.  Find out more here.







Government Postgraduate Masters Loans

Applications are now open

Eligibility: Full-time and part-time UK Masters students who do not already hold a Masters level qualification or higher and who are aged under 60.  EU students may also be eligible.  Read full eligibility criteria here

The Postgraduate Masters Loan scheme offers loans of up to £10,000.  The loan is paid directly to you as a contribution towards you course fees and living costs.  These loans are not means tested and all our taught Masters courses are eligible. Further information and apply online




Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships


We set aside over 100 scholarships available to fund talented new postgraduate students in 2017, with each scholarship worth £10,000.


The deadline for applications for the 2017/18 scheme has now passed.  Information on next year's scheme will be published here once it is available.




Faculty of Arts and Humanities Masters Scholarships

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities also offers a number of Masters scholarships each year for students undertaking taught or research-based Masters programmes, but who aspire to complete a doctoral research degree on successfully completing their Masters.

Applications for 2017/2018 Scholarships have now closed.


White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Studentships and Scholarships

The University of Sheffield is part of the AHRC-funded White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) with the Universities of Leeds and York. Each University in this network offers WRoCAH Masters studentships for students undertaking taught or research-based Masters programmes, but who aspire to complete a doctoral research degree on successfully completing their Masters.

Applications for 2017/2018 Scholarships have now closed.



Department of Archaeology Scholarships


All applications made by 28th February each year for entry to courses starting in the following Autumn are automatically considered for these departmental scholarships:



The Robert Kiln Scholarship for Landscape Archaeology

A scholarship of £1,600 awarded to a UK / EU / Overseas applicant to the MA Landscape Archaeology Programme. This award was founded in memory of Robert Kiln, Honorary graduate of the University and sponsor of the Robert Kiln Laboratory for Landscape Archaeology.

The Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology Scholarship

£1,000 scholarship which is awarded to a UK / EU / Overseas applicant to the MA in Aegean Archaeology. The Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology, founded in 1995, is dedicated to providing an inter-disciplinary environment for research into all aspects of the archaeology of the Aegean.

The Marek Zvelebil Scholarship for Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology

A £1,000 scholarship providing support to an excellent UK / EU student applying to study for the MSc Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology. The scholarship is named in honour of the late Professor Zvelebil, who began his career in Sheffield as a BA Archaeology student and was an influential member of academic staff from 1981 until his death in 2011.


Up to four further departmental scholarships of £1,000 – applicants to all Masters programmes

Awarded to excellent UK / EU / Overseas applicants applying to study on any of the Department of Archaeology Masters programmes.



Terms and Conditions - Departmental Scholarships

Awardees are notified of their scholarship by email shortly after the end of February. Scholarships are paid directly into the awardee’s nominated bank account following registration in the Autumn and can be used to contribute towards fees or living costs. If you are awarded a departmental scholarship and subsequently gain another scholarship which covers your full fees plus a stipend for your living costs, the departmental scholarship may be re-awarded to another applicant.





Rosalind MacDonald, Merit Scholarship and Departmental Scholarship 2016


My scholarships have meant that I have been able to pursue my studies with the less of a financial burden; it has also given me the chance to do a bit more traveling around the U.K and elsewhere that I would not have been able to do without them.

Rosalind Macdonald

Merit scholarship and departmental scholarship 2016

Sally Purvis

Being awarded the Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology Scholarship was both a pleasant and welcome surprise. Many students face some sort of financial burden during the course of their studies, and the scholarship has eased some of that pressure, allowing me to focus more on both my personal and professional development during my time here. As archaeology can be a strongly field-based discipline, often requiring travel, the extra funding provided by the scholarship will undoubtedly contribute greatly to covering research costs for my dissertation.

Sally purvis, Sheffield centre for aegean archaeology scholarship 2016


Other Sources of Funding


Country-Specific Scholarships

Applicants who are nationals of or permanently domiciled in specific countries are eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Merit Scholarship to cover 50% of tuition fees. 

Automatic Fee Reduction Scholarships of £2,000 are applied to all self-funded applicants who are nationals or or permanently domiciled in specific countries. 

International applicants are strongly advised to consult your country's pages from our list to determine whether you are eligible to apply for a Merit Scholarship or eligible for an Automatic Fee Reduction.






Marshall Scholarships

Eligibilty: Citizens of the United States

Up to 40 scholarships are awarded each year, covering tuition fees and a stipend plus other benefits.  See Marshall Scholarships website





Wellcome Trust Masters Awards

Suitable for applicants to the MSc Osteoarchaeology and MSc Human Osteology & Funerary Archaeology Programmes

Further information is available on the Wellcome Trust website





Andrew Sherratt Fund

This fund assists postgraduate students carrying out research in Old World Prehistory, from academic institutions anywhere in the world, to travel or gain access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable to them. Grants of up to £1,000 are awarded.

Applications for 2017 are now closed but the 2018 application round will open again in the Autumn with a deadline of January 2018.





Petrie Watson Grants

Open to all students in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, this fund awards grants of up to £750 for projects which enhance or complement students' programme of study, including such activities as:

• taking part in a programme of study either in the UK or abroad
• attending vacation courses, summer schools or masterclasses
• attending a conference
• taking part in a field school
• undertaking research

Applications for the current year have now closed but will reopen for 2017.






Further information...



Further information about fees and funding can also be found at http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/finance.

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