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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Applicants for all our funding schemes should have, or will be expected to obtain, a First or a good Upper Second class honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline.
In addition, we urge all prospective students to contact the Academic Unit as soon as possible so that we can guide you through the application process. All applications must name a prospective supervisor. Please look through our website and contact that member of staff whose research programme is of interest before applying.

Psychology Jubilee Scholarships
Deadline for applications: 29 January 2014 (1+3 or +3)

We can award up to ten Psychology Jubilee scholarships for PhD students wishing to commence research in any research areas in the Academic unit for entry in October 2014.

The Psychology Jubilee Scholarship comes with a modest teaching requirement and it is available for full-time doctoral study. These scholarships will support students’ research, as well as providing some teaching experience within the Academic Unit, leading to the development of a comprehensive portfolio of work.

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre - Studentships
Deadline for applications: 28 February 2014 (1+3 or +3)

Please note that, in addition to submitting your application to the Psychology Academic Unit by 29 January 2014 if you wish to be considered for ERSC funding source, you need to also fill out and submit the ESRC form.

Further details regarding the DTC studentships, including eligibility and details on how to apply can be found at the following website:

Vice Chancellor's Scholarship Scheme

There are two different types of VC scholarships: 25 central studentships and 14 Faculty studentships.

Central studentships are designed to support cross-Faculty projects and other central University strategic objectives such as University level international links.

Faculty studentships aim to support projects with Academic Units (AUs) or between AUs within the same Faculty.

The deadline for central VC applications: 29 January 2014 (+3 only), for Faculty Studentships the deadline is 28 February 2014.

Psychology has the opportunity to put forward candidates for consideration of one of these awards for PhD students wishing to commence research in any of the research areas for October 2014 entry. This funding will provide a maintenance award of £7,000 per annum (for up to three years) and additional external funding will need to be sought to cover full tuition fees and living expenses. Individual bids require a minimum of 40% external sources of income before they will be considered.

Mayflower Scholarships (+4 only)
Deadline TBC

The Faculty will continue to offer a prestigious scholarship scheme to support UK/EU doctoral students. This is a four year PhD with 25% of a student’s time allocated to teaching within the Academic Unit. As part of the 25% of time devoted to educational activities, the holder will be required to undertake suitable and relevant University-level teacher training agreed between the Faculty and host Academic Unit. Normally this would be the PILT as delivered by the University’s People Development Unit.

The main purposes of the scheme are:

  • To provide research students with an opportunity to carry out research to a PhD level in one of the world-leading groups in the Faculty;
  • To provide research students with an opportunity for University-level teaching experience over and above that of a normal doctoral researcher; to enhance the academic CV and employability of the scholarship holder, and to support the teaching or educational activities of large programmes within the Faculty.

The Faculty will provide to the holder of a Mayflower Scholarship a stipend; a research training support grant; and the postgraduate tuition fees for their doctoral programme for a period of 48 months from the start date of the award, or until their PhD thesis is submitted, whichever is the sooner. The level of financial support awarded to each holder will be reviewed by the Faculty after each 12 FTE months throughout the duration of the scholarship. The research candidature of a scholarship holder will be subject to the normal postgraduate research regulations, as laid down in the University Calendar and Codes of Practice, and the supervision arrangements, research training, monitoring and progression requirements of the doctoral programme in which the holder enrols.

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.