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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.

New for 2016: Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate loans are now available for UK and EU students studying taught and research masters programmes.

These loans are worth up to £10,000 per student.

Find out whether you are eligible and more on our postgraduate funding pages.

Find out more about postgraduate loansMore postgraduate funding options


Fees vary according to the type of programme you choose (e.g. research or taught; classroom-laboratory- or workshop-based; clinical) and whether you are a student from the UK or overseas.

View the full list of postgraduate taught fees

View the full list of postgraduate research fees

For more information about postgraduate fees, including your fees status and how to pay, please visit our postgraduate fees pages.

Discount on postgraduate courses
We offer a 10 per cent discount on postgraduate courses for University of Southampton final-year students and alumni. Find out more here.


The Humanities funding round for 2016 is now closed

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 about other sources please see the University funding pages.

International students please also check the University International web pages for more information.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding round for September 2016 entry - closed

AHRC Postgraduate Studentships  

In the third round of the AHRC Block Grant Partnership (BGP) Awards, a Doctoral Training Partnership involving the University of Southampton has been awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.

The South, West and Wales Consortium of universities, led by the University of Bristol, will receive £14.2M over five years. There will be a strong emphasis on collaboration with 19 partner organisations including English Heritage, the National Trust, the BBC, Cadw and Welsh National Opera.  Other universities involved include Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Exeter and Reading.

The funding, which equates to around 200 new studentships across the Consortium, allows for innovative postgraduate support, including the development of broader skills such as partnership working and language skills, and experience in working outside academia through industry and international placements.  At Southampton, the studentships will come in a broad range of subject areas including Archaeology, English (including Creative Writing), Film, History (including Jewish History and Culture), Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy.  

Eligible applicants should apply through the Consortium Partnership website (hosted by University of Bristol).  The application period will run from 30th November 2015 to 11th January 2016, with announcement of awards in early April 2016.  An Information Day will be held on 23rd November 2015 in Cardiff.  You can register for the Information Day through the Consortium website.  Please register by Monday 9th November 2015.

For full details and application information please refer to the Consortium Partnership website.

Please note, in addition to submitting an application to the Consortium Partnership you must apply for a place on the PhD programme at the University of Southampton.  

The award covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend around £14,000 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Humanities funding round for September 2016 entry - closed

Download the Humanities Funding form from the Useful Downloads section at the end of this page to apply.  The deadline for applications for Humanities funding is Friday 12th February 2016.

You must complete an online University application for a place on a programme as well as submitting a funding form by the deadline. Once both forms are submitted you will automatically be considered for any funding for which you are eligible.

(PLEASE NOTE: Only successful applicants are contacted with the results of the Humanities funding round.  If you have not heard from us by Friday 27th May 2016 you can assume that your application for funding was unsuccessful.)

Wolfson Foundation PhD Studentships 2016

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 other 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 UK rate, and provides a living stipend of £20,000 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory progress).

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postgraduate Funding

The University was successful in gaining a Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) funded by the ESRC to which Humanities PhD applicants are eligible.  The ESRC DTC provides comparable funding to the AHRC, 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: 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.

University of Southampton Archive Studentships

The University of Southampton normally 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 normally covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend of around £14,000 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory progress).

University of Southampton Vice Chancellors Scholarship fund (PGR Scholarship Fund)

The University supports up to 105 new PhD places each year. The scheme is open to all new students - from the UK or any country worldwide. Postgraduate research students recruited under the scheme will receive a centrally-funded scholarship 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.  Students who are part-funded by an external funder may have priority.  You must complete the University online application form for a place and the Humanities funding application form to be considered for these awards. (Please note that students taking Integrated PhD programmes are not eligible for this award.)

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.

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute - Leverhulme Scholarships

These SMMI Scholarships are available to UK and EU students to support cross-disciplinary PhD research in Archaeology and History and cover full fees and maintenance. For further information, please contact Dr Fraser Sturt (

Honor Frost Foundation Scholarship

Honor Frost Foundation Masters and/or Doctoral Awards in Maritime Archaeology. The Foundation's mission is to promote the advancement and research, including publication, of maritime archaeology with a particular focus on the eastern Mediterranean.  The Foundation is keen to support educational opportunities for students from the primary regions where Honor worked and is supporting a fully funded scholarship in Maritime Archaeology for students from Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria to attend the University of Southampton.  The scholarship is primarily for full time study at MA/MSc level with the possibility of further funding for PhD, but may also be offered at PhD level if there are suitable candidates.  The scholarship covers all university fees, an annual stipend and additional travel expenses. For further details contact: Dr Lucy Blue or see the full advertisement on the University and Foundation web sites.

Richard Newitt Bursary

The Richard Newitt Trust bursary may be available for September 2016 entry. Richard Newitt Bursaries are an historical philanthropically-funded bursary scheme which is managed by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in line with the original intentions of the donors; Richard and Freda Newitt. The award provides one bursary to each Faculty for a UK Masters student. The award will be made as a maintenance grant which can be used for tuition fees or living costs at the choice of the student.  

The award normally covers: a £5,000 bursary for a UK postgraduate Masters student.

Sue Wilson Bursaries

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 normally covers: £1000 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 or check the discipline specific pages in Humanities.

Ian Karten Scholarship

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. 

Parkes East European Scholarship

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 Former Soviet Union 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.) 

Sirena Composition Bursary - Music

A £1,000 bursary will be available for a female postgraduate student studying a Masters course in Composition beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. Female students from UK, EU and OS shall all be considered for this award. Should the 2016-17 recipient of the award move on from the masters course to study a MPhil/PhD in Composition at Southampton and the selection committee deem appropriate, the annual bursary will continue to be offered to the same student through their remaining years of study at Southampton (up to 4 years).  Selection will be made through the Humanities Funding Round for 2016-17.

Humanities Alumni:

There will be a 10% discount for UoS Humanities Alumni which you can apply for during enrolment and will be applied to your fees account in the form of a studentship as you start.  Please be aware that if you are awarded any funding you will not be eligible for the Alumni discount.


Southampton International Merit Scholarships

The University of Southampton is pleased to be able to offer Merit Scholarships to International (non-EU) students entering Masters level degree programmes for 2016 entry.

The Southampton International Merit Scholarship is available to International (non-EU) postgraduate applicants from selected countries. The scholarships award £5,000 for applicants with a 1st or equivalent attained in their first degree, and £3,000 for applicants with a 2.1 or equivalent attained in their first degree.

These Scholarships will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction. A maximum of £5,000 will be awarded in year 1 only.

More information on eligible countries can be found here:

External funding sources:

Each of these external schemes has its own application process which is separate from the Humanities funding round.

Postgraduate Loans for Humanities Masters Students

Loans of up to £10,000 are available for students applying to Humanities Masters programmes, subject to eligibility and conditions.  For more information please see:

British Society of Aesthetics PhD Student Award (Philosophy)

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.

Santander funding

Santander universities may 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. 

Said Foundation Scholarships

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.

British Chevening Scholarships

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 Fellowship Funding

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 your application for funding is not successful, 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

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