Social Sciences

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.

Postgraduate Bursary Scheme:

A new, government-funded bursary of £10,000 is available to 98 students across the University of Southampton, who begin taught masters postgraduate study in October 2015. Find out more.

Postgraduate Bursary Scheme



Social Sciences are also offering funding for both postgraduate taught and research degrees. Full details can be found in the scholarships button below.

Social Sciences international scholarships




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.
Find out more


Funding for postgraduate degrees in Social Sciences

Social Sciences offers funding for postgraduate taught degrees and research degrees in various areas. Details of eligibility, application procedures and application deadlines can be found by clicking the Scholarships button, right.


International PGT Scholarship Scheme 2015/16

For the following programmes, bursaries will be offered to self-funding International students with excellent academic qualifications. The bursaries are to be paid as maintenance grants (not as fee-based scholarships) and will be administered at the start of each semester, with instalments contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. Details are as follows:
MSc Economics, MSc Economics PT, MSc Finance & Economics, MSc Finance & Economics PT, MSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Economics & Econometrics PT, MSc Gerontology, MSc Gerontology PT, MSc Gerontology (Research), MSc Gerontology (Research) PT, PGCert Gerontology, PGCert Gerontology PT, MSc Global Politics, MSc Global Politics PT, MSc Global Politics (Research), MSc Global Politics (Research) PT, MSc Governance and Policy, MSc Governance and Policy PT, MSc Governance and Policy (Research), MSc Governance and Policy (Research) PT, MSc Social Statistics, MSc Social Statistics PT, MSc Social Statistics (Research Methods), MSc Social Statistics (Research Methods) PT, MSc Demography, MSc Demography PT, MSc Global Health, MSc Global Health PT, MSc Sociology and Social Policy, MSc Sociology and Social Policy PT, MSc Sociology and Social Research, MSc Sociology and Social Research PT, MSc International Social Policy, MSc International Social Policy PT, MSc Criminology, MSc Criminology PT

Bursaries 2015/16:

£3000: Students with either first class degree or an upper second class degree and an overall IELTS score of 7 (all components 6.0 or above) 

£2000: Students with an upper second class degree and an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (all components 6.0 or above)

Students are not eligible for both scholarships.

ESRC DTC scholarships

Check the following page to see if there are currently any scholarships available from the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre


Please note that for part-time programmes the bursary will be fractioned by 50%. Students are not eligible for both bursaries and Distance Learning courses are not included in the bursaries available.