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 top-up payments that are awarded either for academic excellence or achievement in another area.

Overseas students commonly have financial support from their own government or another source within their country. We also offer a Chemistry international bursary scheme.

Chemistry international bursary scheme 

A bursary of £2000 is available for non EU/UK students on the MSc program starting in October. This bursary is designed to reward talented high-quality students who study for the MSc program at Southampton and recognises the increased costs associated for overseas students. The bursary is awarded in 4 x £500 payments through the year and is subject to review. Further details can be gathered on request.

Please contact Mrs Penny Spake  for further information.


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 for UK and EU residents. These are available from a range of sources, primarily the research councils (EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC and MRC), charities, and industry. You will generally need a 2:1 or first-class degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related science discipline to be eligible to apply.

We will be happy to discuss opportunities with you. Please contact us for further information.