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Postgraduate Fees and Funding

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.

Postgraduate Loans (PGL) for Master's study

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

These loans are worth up to £10,280 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.


International Postgraduate Taught MSc Scholarships

The International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships are available to applicants from all international countries, with the exception of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The scholarships of £3,000 and £5,000 are offered to applicants who have been offered a place on one of the School’s MSc programmes starting September 2018 and have achieved either a 2.1 or a 1st classification (or equivalent) in their Bachelor’s degrees respectively. There will also be a scholarship of £3,000 for applicants who have gone on to study at masters level and already achieved a merit or above.

All of these scholarships will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically if you meet the criteria.

Postgraduate Taught Excellence in English Scholarships

This scholarship is available to applicants from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau only. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically if you meet the criteria.

The £3,000 scholarship is offered to applicants who have been offered a place on one of the School’s MSc programmes starting September 2018. To qualify, you must achieve either an IELTS of 7.0 overall with 6.5 in all components OR an IELTS of 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

UK and EU Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

These £5,000 scholarships are available to all UK and EU applicants who have been offered a place on a full-time MSc programme.

Applicants who obtain a 1st or very good 2.1 classification in their Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) are eligible to apply.

An application form is required and the deadline for the application to reach us is 31 July 2018.

The scholarship consists of £2,000 tuition fee reduction at enrolment and £3,000 living expense allowance paid by four quarters on 1 October, 1 February, 1 April and 1 July (or the next working day if it falls on a weekend, University closure day or bank holiday).

Full-Time MBA Scholarships

Global I - £6,000 - 2.1 and 5 years work experience

Global II - £3,000 - 2.2 and 4 years work experience


All these MBA Scholarships are offered at the discretion of the Southampton Business School and the decisions as to the awards are final and not open to review. The School reserves the right not to award all or indeed any Scholarship(s) in any particular year.

Part-Time MBA Scholarships

Global I - £6,000 - 2.1 classification

Global II - £3,000 - 2.2 classification

The deadline to submit your application is 30 June 2018 for September 2018 entry.

PhD Programme Funding

Southampton Business School offers several funding opportunities to our PhD students. In general, the application procedure for each of the funding opportunities is largely the same. In particular, you will not need to apply separately for a scholarship but you will need to indicate the type of scholarship you would like to be considered for on your standard application. To enhance your chances of securing a scholarship, you are strongly advised to contact a member of staff well ahead of submitting your application in order to secure their interest in your proposed area of research and to support to your application. In particular, prospective supervisors should be willing to provide a statement of support for the applicant. It is, therefore, important for the applicant to have approached a suitable member of staff to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application. Please read carefully the details (e.g. description, eligibility, and deadline) of each of the funding opportunities below in order that you select the one that best suits your needs.

Vice Chancellor's (VC) Scholarships

The VC Scholarship Scheme runs annually and is funded by the university to support excellent home/EU and international students. The total funding for the successful candidate will be £21,000. For full-time students, this will be paid at the rate of £7,000 per annum for three years. For part-time students, this will be paid at the rate of £3,500 per annum for six years. To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must apply online for the PhD programme at the University of Southampton and indicate that they are applying for a PGR Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship in the ‘Funding’ section of the application form. It is also essential to provide a well-written research proposal addressing an explicit research topic. An excellent academic record is also essential in order to secure this award. The deadline for applications is the end of December each year to start from the following academic year (i.e., from the October in the following year).

China Scholarship Council (CSC)-University of Southampton PhD Funding

The annual China Scholarship Council scholarship scheme run by the Chinese Government supports up to 8,000 Chinese students who study abroad on PhD degree programmes or joint PhD programmes at institutions worldwide. The CSC scholarship covers a stipend for living costs and return flights. Tuition fees are fully funded by the host institution.

Each year there are a number of CSC scholarships available across the University. To be considered for a scholarship within the Business School, you should identify an appropriate research area and contact SBS directly to enquire about funding opportunities in that area. We recommend that you make your application to us by early January stating that you wish to be considered for a CSC scholarship.

You can find further information about CSC scholarships at Southampton here.

Faculty PGR Scholarships

This scheme is for full-time PhD students only. The scholarships cover tuition fees and subsistence. Both home/EU or international students are eligible. Any student on a scholarship who decides to transfer to part-time registration will be deemed to be withdrawn from the scholarship scheme. The key aim of the Faculty PGR Scholarship scheme is to recruit candidates that are judged to be of high academic quality. This is assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Qualifications and academic credentials;
  2. Academic performance based on referees’ comments;
  3. Strength of the research proposal;
  4. Suitability for the chosen research project.

Priority will be given to those applications that combine rigour with relevance, aimed at solving real world problems that meet the challenges of organisations, as well as government, the economy and society more generally.

Applicants should apply online for the PhD programme in the University of Southampton, and submit the standard application form, a research proposal, a CV and other supporting documents (transcripts, reference letters, IELTS certificates where necessary, etc). Please indicate that you are applying for a Faculty PGR Scholarship.

ESRC DTC Scholarships

The University of Southampton's ESRC DTC (Doctoral Training Centre) is one of 21 centres to receive accreditation by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the national body funding research and training in social and economic issues. These scholarships are for home/EU students, covering full tuitions fees and a maintenance grant or tuition fees only, subject to the eligibility of the applicant. To apply for these scholarships, please click here. (Read full details).

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