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.
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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The Humanities funding round for 2013 entry is now closed
(PLEASE NOTE: ONLY successful applicants are contacted with the results of the funding round. If you have not heard from us by Friday 28 June 2013 you can assume that your application for funding was unsuccessful.)
A wide range of studentships are normally available to aid your studies at the University of Southampton. The University itself offers a number of scholarships for individual courses and there are several agencies offering funds to help study in the UK. Some of the regular funding sources are listed below for information (now closed for 2013 entry), for information about other sources please see the University funding pages.
International students please also check the University International web pages for more information.
PhD Scholarships 2013 The Faculty of Humanities has been awarded three Wolfson PG Scholarships to fund PhD study (three years full-time or part-time equivalent) - open to UK students only. These awards have been made possible by the Wolfson Foundation who wish to encourage growth in Humanities research. We are one of nine host universities chosen because of our excellent research track record and PGR growth over the past five years. The others universities who have been granted these awards are: UCL, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sheffield, Warwick, York and SOAS. For Southampton, the awards will be available in three departments whose research aligns with the Foundation's interests: history, English literature and languages.
The award covers: fees at UKEU rate, and provides a living stipend of £20,000 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory progress).
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
AHRC Postgraduate Studentships
In 2009 the University of Southampton was successful in applying for a Block Grant Partnership (BGP) which provided a series of Masters and PhD awards allocated to various subjects within Humanities over a five-year period. For 2013 entry the Faculty has 3 awards at masters level and 8 awards at doctoral level. Awards are available within the following subject areas: Archaeology; European Language and Culture; English; Film studies; History; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy and will be awarded to the best students from across those subject areas.
The award covers: UKEU fees at Masters or PhD level, and provides a living stipend of between £9,000 and £14,000 per annum for one year (MA); three years (PhD, subject to satisfactory progress) or five years (part-time PhD, subject to satisfactory progress). Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible to apply for fees-only awards unless they satisfy certain residency criteria.
The University was successful in gaining a Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) funded by the ESRC. The ESRC DTC provides comparable funding to the AHRC at doctoral level or on a 1+3 programme (Masters and PhD), but their remit is postgraduate study in the social sciences. Studentships may be available in the areas of applied linguistics or social history.
The award covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend of around £14,000 per annum for three years (PhD, subject to satisfactory progress) or five years (part-time PhD, subject to satisfactory progress). Students from EU countries other than the UK are eligible to apply for fees-only awards unless they satisfy certain residency criteria.
Please note: There is an earlier deadline of Wednesday 6th February 2013 for ESRC funding. Applicants who wish to apply for doctoral funding through the ESRC DTC and plan to be supervised or co-supervised within the Faculty of Humanities should apply direct to the ESRC DTC. You should also submit a funding application to Humanities alongside your online application for a place - this is so that the Faculty can support your application. Please indicate on the form that you are also applying for ESRC DTC funding.
The University of Southampton offers each year a postgraduate studentship for research leading to the degree of PhD in any field for which its major archival and special research collections holdings are of importance and appropriate supervision is available.
The award covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend of around £14,000 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory progress).
The University has instituted a new studentship fund which will support up to 100 new PhD places each year. The scheme is open to all students - from the UK or any country worldwide. Postgraduate research students recruited under the new scheme will receive a centrally-funded studentship of £7,000 per year for three years. The Faculty is given a number of these awards each year which are for students who apply to study with us; you must complete the University online application form for a place and the Humanities funding application form to be considered for these awards.
The award covers: a contribution towards international level fees, or UK/EU fees with a small annual stipend. Total value of the award is £21,000, available over three years full-time or up to six years part-time, subject to satisfactory progress.
Sue returned to education as a mature student and graduated from the University of Southampton with a PhD in English. While undertaking her studies, Sue was able to see first-hand the financial challenges that some students experience as postgraduates. On completion of her PhD, Sue decided that she would donate money to Southampton to establish the Sue Wilson Bursary programme to help UK students fulfil their dreams of obtaining a post-graduate degree.
The award covers: contribution towards fees for UK postgraduate masters students.
Discipline specific bursaries
Funds permitting, Disciplines may offer bursaries which normally constitute a contribution towards fees. Please consult your Discipline PGR Co-ordinator for further information.
www.humanities.soton.ac.uk, click on the discipline links for specific funding information.
Scholarships from the Ian Karten Charitable Trust Funding (History). Patron and supporter of the Parkes Institute, Ian Karten MBE, set up a charitable trust to assist students studying Jewish History and Culture.
The award covers: contribution towards fees for students enrolling for the MA in Jewish History and Culture.
This studentship for the MA Jewish History and Culture is open to nationals of, and currently residing within, one of the following countries: Hungary, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia or the Russian Federation. Nationals of other FSU countries will also be considered. It is awarded to candidates who intend to use the degree to further an existing career in cultural, educational, archaeographical or communal work. (The award may not be available every year.)
There will be a 10% discount for UoS Humanities Alumni (BA to MA), which will be applied to your fees account in the form of a studentship as you start.
External funding sources:
Each of these external schemes has its own application process which is separate from the Humanities funding round.
The studentship is designed to support a promising philosopher in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, who does not have other means of support, by enabling him or her to pursue full time doctoral research. For further information and to apply please see the British Society of Aesthetics website.
Abbey-Santander universities offer 5 scholarships of up to £5,000 each for Iberian and Latin American students who are interested in a master's degree course at Southampton.
These scholarships are offered to students from Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, and are available for any one year taught master's programme at the University of Southampton. Scholarships range from partial support to full fees and a maintenance allowance.
These scholarships, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and administered by the British Council, are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the United Kingdom.
Commonwealth fellowships are offered by several countries each year, both for study abroad and in the UK. Please see their web page for information on which countries are offering scholarships for each academic year.
Other sources of funding information:
What do I do if I am unsuccessful in obtaining funding?
If you are not successful with funding, there are a couple of possible alternatives open to you.
Firstly you could consider applying for a Career Development Loan to cover the costs of your study. This is a deferred repayment bank loan to help you pay for vocational learning or education. Log on to the Directgov website to find out more.
Secondly, you could consider studying part-time instead of full-time (for those programmes which offer a part-time route). The reduction in coursework will allow you to work whilst studying to support yourself.
For further information please contact our postgraduate team by:
Phone: +44 (0) 23 8059 8062