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.


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.

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10 per cent discount on postgraduate courses for University of Southampton final-year students and alumni.
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The Psychology Academic Unit at the university of Southampton have two funded studentships in ADHD neuroscience in the Institute for Disorder of Impulse and Attention.

The first studentship (supervised by Dr JA Hadwin, Professors Edmund Sonuga-Barke, Margaret Thompson and Simon Liversedge) will focus on emotion regulation in children diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and comorbid ADHD/ anxiety. Very little is known about the patterns of comorbidity or how comorbid ADHD/ anxiety should be treated. The combination of these disorders is therefore recognised as a significant clinical challenge and the development of conceptual frameworks to understand patterns of comorbidity will inform the development of effective prevention and intervention methods. The project will utilise eye tracking methodologies to investigate attentional processes in children diagnosed with anxiety or ADHD or comorbid anxiety/ ADHD. It will consider the extent to which children across these three clinical groups can recruit attentional processes to regulate emotion and to effectively manage emotion-related behavioural regulation. The candidate will join two prestigious research laboratories within Psychology including the Developmental Brain-Behaviour Laboratory and the Centre for Visual Cognition.

The second studentship can be focused on any aspect of ADHD neuroscience employing EEG or MRI technologies. Priority will be given to students that wish to develop existing themes within the laboratory – reinforcement mechanisms and delay aversion, spontaneous neural activity during rest, the processes of state-to-state switching, decision making and emotion processing and emotional regulation.

Funding Notes:
These three year studentships will be funded at RCUK level, currently £13,863 per annum, with a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £750. The studentship is open to British and EU nationals only. International students can apply, but they must be able to meet the difference between home/EU and International tuition fees themselves. Please apply for the MPhil/PhD in Education via the following link: and indicate in the funding section of the application that you wish to be considered for one or both of these studentships.

We aim to recruit a student who has a strong academic background in understanding the development and testing of theoretical frameworks in developmental psychology or developmental psychopathology (the criteria will be 1st or 2i at Undergraduate (essential); Merit or Distinction at Masters’ degree in psychology (desirable) or related discipline). The planned start date is October 2014. The closing date for receiving applications is 31st July, with an interview in mid August. We intend announcing the name of the successful candidate by mid-August. Please direct any informal enquiries to Julie Hadwin ( or Edmund Sonuga-Barke (

Please note that the funding deadline for October 2014 entry for the following funding opportunities has now closed.
Psychology Jubilee Scholarships
ESRC Doctoral Training Centre - Studentships
Vice Chancellor's Scholarship Scheme
Mayflower Scholarships (+4 only)

International Student Bursary
No Deadline (You will automatically be considered upon receipt of your application)

£2500 to International (non-EU) students, subject to satisfactory academic performance.
Application for bursary is made by postgraduate application.

Summary of studentships
  1+3 +3 4
Jubilee X X  
VC   X  
Mayflower      X
International Bursary X X  


 1+3 programme = one-year Masters-level research training followed by three-year PhD
+3 programme = three-year MPhil/PhD only
+4 programme = four-year MPhil/PhD (extra year for teaching duties).

How do I apply for a PhD?

Applicants should have either a First or a good Upper Second class honours degree in Psychology (or equivalent degree) or a related discipline and have completed (or be in the process of completing) an MSc degree in psychology or related field.
In order to apply for consideration for any award you will need to submit a fully completed application form to the University of Southampton using our on-line application system. Please be advised that only fully completed application forms can be considered for this funding. Please state this scheme as a possible funding source under the ‘fees’ section on your on-line application form. A copy of the on-line application form and guidance notes can be found at the following website:

To provide a fully completed application form we will require you to provide the following documentation, along with your online application:

  •  Curriculum Vitae
  • Research proposal (two single-spaced pages, approximately 1000 words, prepared in consultation with a potential supervisor)
  • Degree certificate/s (& translated version if necessary)
  • Degree transcript/s (& translated version if necessary)
  • English Language Qualification
  • Two academic references
  • The name of a potential supervisor on your application form (under the relevant section)

Candidates should be available for interview during April.



Students on our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) programme are funded by the NHS, and are also salaried employees of the Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust.  

Students on our Doctorate in Educational psychology (DEdPsych) programme each receive a bursary from the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Department for Education.