University of Southampton

Postgraduate applications

Find out how to apply for postgraduate study at the University of Southampton, including our online application form, funding options and entry requirements.

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes are made using our online application form

Please note that the Postgraduate Application Service will be unavailable from Thursday 6 August, at 17:00 BST until Friday 7 August at 10:00 due to essential systems maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Online application is the fastest way to apply for postgraduate study - your documents can be uploaded with your form, and there are step-by-step guides available. You can also download a copy of your submitted form.

Some programmes of study are not available via the online application form, or may have a late start date. If you cannot find your desired course online, or have any application queries, please contact our admissions team for guidance on how to proceed with your application.


Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 4732

When requesting a reference in support of your application we recommend providing the referee with the reference request form.

Entry requirements

You must satisfy the University's general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme of study.

For details about our courses and their individual entry requirements, see our postgraduate pages for taught courses and research.

As well as academic qualifications and practical experience, we look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

If you are an international student you will need to make sure that your academic and English language qualifications meet our entry requirements. You can find out which level of English language proficiency is needed for each course on the course's entry requirement page.

Find out more about English language support, and English language requirements.

Application deadlines

There is no University deadline for applications for taught or research programmes, however some faculties may have their own application deadlines.

Details about deadlines can be found on the course pages for each taught research programme. You should apply as early as possible if you need to secure a UK visa or if you are applying for funding or sponsorship.

Deadlines for research funding are usually at least six months in advance of the start date.

Discount for University of Southampton alumni

Alumni can now enjoy a 10 per cent reduction in fees when enrolling on a postgraduate course.

Find out more about our 10 per cent reduction in fees for alumni.