Find out about funding options for your postgraduate studies. The University offers scholarships, bursaries and studentships to the most talented students, while our industry partnerships open up sponsorship opportunities in some subject areas.
Below you'll find information about some key funding sources that you may be able to access, from the University and from external funding bodies. For some, you will need to apply directly to the funding body.
UK, EU and international students – find out about subject-specific funding for your chosen area of study.
International and EU students – you can also find out more about country-specific funding opportunities on web pages for international students. There may also be funding opportunities available from our international partners.
Many of our academic departments offer funding for UK, EU and international students who wish to study a masters programme. Check our list of funding by subject area to see the opportunities that are offered.
Our Southampton International Merit Scholarships are available to international (non-EU) students wishing to study a postgraduate masters degree with us.
Postgraduate loans are now available for students from the UK and EU studying both taught and research masters programmes through the government, worth up to £10,000 per student.
The loans will cover masters degrees in all disciplines, except for:
Postgraduate loans are available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course.
You must have been most recently resident in England, and must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course.
You may also be eligible if you are an EU national or if you have the residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA or Swiss migrant worker. More information on eligibility can be found on the Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan policy summary.
The loans will be available for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programme. Students under the age of 60 are eligible.
Applications for the Postgraduate loan for masters study will be open in June / July 2016
Find out more on the Student Finance England website.
If you have been living in the UK for at least three years before your course starts, and plan to work in the UK, European Union or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course finishes, you may be eligible for a Career Development Loan.
Loans are available for between £300 and £10,000 and no repayments are required while you are studying — the government will pay the interest during this time. The loans can be used to help fund up to two years’ vocational training or education, plus up to one further year if the course includes practical work experience. They are offered via several UK high street banks. Find out more about the loans and how to apply.
See our list of your postgraduate funding by subject area to find out about other University scholarships, bursaries and studentships for research programmes.
Depending on your subject area, you may be able to access funding through one of the University's doctoral training centres. Visit our research pages to find out more about our doctoral training centres.
Details of current PhD studentships are advertised on the University’s job vacancies page.
If you are an EU or international student, we offer a range of scholarship and funding schemes with our external partners. There may also be funding opportunities offered by organisations in your home country.
The Postgraduate Research Scholarship fund supports up to 100 new PhD scholars each year across the University. These scholarships are open to UK, EU and international applicants. Some awards will be Faculty-specific while others will be for interdisciplinary research projects and to support key University strategic activities.
Postgraduate research students will be awarded £7,000 per year for three years, provided that they progress well with each year of their studies. These awards can be combined with additional funding from other sources. The scheme is also available to part-time students with total funding of £21,000 allocated over the equivalent of three full-time years of study.
How to apply:
You may be able to obtain sponsorship for some masters and PhD programmes. Sponsorship opportunities include:
Visit the website for your subject area or contact the relevant postgraduate admissions team to find out about potential sponsorship opportunities for your studies.
UK and EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for funding from one of the UK research councils. Successful UK applicants receive fees and maintenance support while EU students receive a fees-only grant. If your programme is eligible for research council funding you will need to contact the relevant council directly. See below for their website addresses.
Competition for these awards is intense and you should apply as early as you can. For some of our postgraduate programmes you may need confirmation that you have been awarded funding before you can register with us as a postgraduate.
Charities administered by the British Federation of Women Graduates have limited funds to make awards to women graduates undertaking doctoral research in England, Wales or Scotland.