Centre for Biological Sciences

Money matters

As a postgraduate student you will need to pay annual tuition fees to the University for your programme of study. You may be able to apply for funding to help you cover your costs.

When planning your finances, you will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials. Visit the University’s Postgraduate fees and funding page for more information about living costs.

Postgraduate Bursary Scheme:

A new, government-funded bursary of £10,000 is available to 98 students across the University of Southampton, who begin taught masters postgraduate study in October 2015. Find out more.

Postgraduate Bursary Scheme




These vary according to the type of programme you choose (eg research or taught; classroom-laboratory- or workshop-based; clinical). Fees charged for full-time non-EU international students include the full cost of tuition, examinations, Students’ Union membership and research support expenses. Fees information can be found on the Postgraduate fees and funding pages.

Discount on postgraduate courses
10 per cent discount on postgraduate courses for University of Southampton final-year students and alumni.
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Bursaries are smaller top-up payments, awarded either for academic excellence or achievement in another area.

External bursaries

The BioSocial Society offers bursaries to postgraduate student members of the Society to help with costs associated with either fieldwork or conference attendance. For more details visit the BioSocial Society website.

Postgrad Solutions are offering two bursaries of £500 each annually to students of any discipline for October 2010 entry.  For more details, visit the the Postgrad Solutions website.


There are opportunities for postgraduates to supplement their income and gain valuable career experience by demonstrating to undergraduates in Biological Science's.

For general enquiries, contact Biological Sciences Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
Email: pgafnes@soton.ac.uk


Commonwealth scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK offers scholarships to students from both developing and developed Commonwealth countries to study a Masters or PhD programme in the UK. for more details visit the Commonwealth scholarships page.


The British Council’s Education UK website includes a range of helpful information for international candidates. They may be able to advise on funding available to nationals of individual countries, or candidates hoping to undertake certain types of research work. Visit the Education UK website for more details.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) offers UK government funding for postgraduate study to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. Visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for more details.


Many PhD studentship opportunities become available during the year.

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK's leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences. We often have a number of four-year BBSRC DTA studentships available.

Other Research Councils and charitable trusts can also fund studentships. Individual members of academic staff may also obtain collaborative studentships through their relationships with industry.

Details of these studentships will be announced on our Research courses page as they become available.

There are other sources of funding which may not be limited to research within the biological sciences: