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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 a postgraduate degree and research masters programmes.

These loans are worth up to £11,222 per student.

Explore into the funding available for postgraduate students. 

Find out more about postgraduate loansMore postgraduate funding optionsFind country-specific entry requirements


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 2022 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. Please note that applicants are only eligible to be awarded one scholarship. 

All of these scholarships will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically by the Admissions team 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 by the Admissions team 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 2022. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • MSc Business Analytics and Finance, MSc Business Analytics and Management Sciences, MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Analytics programmes: IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each category
  • All other SBS MSc programmes: IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each category or IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each category 

All IELTS qualifications need to be sent to us by the 4 of September 2022 in order to be considered for this award.

UK Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

These competitive £5,000 scholarships are available to all UK 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. You must be a UK national and classed as Home for fees purposes. 

An application form is required and the deadline for the application to reach us is 31 July 2022. 

Your application should include a 500 word personal statement detailing evidence of academic achievement or career progression and details of how the MSc would enhance your career prospects. 

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

We offer scholarships up to £9,000 for candidates who can display a combination of the following business excellence criteria:

  • A high degree of relevant professional experience in management and/or leadership role
  • Evidence of rapid career progression
  • Clear ability to contribute to the quality of the MBA cohort
  • Strong academic ability / performance
  • Excellent performance at interview

Applicants who receive an offer will automatically be considered for the Business Excellence Scholarships. There is no need to complete a separate application. The scholarship award is made at the discretion of the Business School.

The deadline to submit your application so it is considered for a scholarship is 31 July 2022.

Disclaimer for MBA Scholarships

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.


These scholarships apply to the programme details on your official offer letter only. If you change programme, mode of study, or entry date then this scholarship opportunity will no longer apply. 

These scholarships are available to self-funding students who are not in receipt of a full scholarship from another source and are not sponsored by one of the University’s international funding partners. These scholarships cannot be combined with any other Faculty scholarship.

You must pay all outstanding tuition fees by University deadlines. Non-payment of fees may result in the scholarship being withdrawn and you may be charged full fees. If you withdraw from your programme before you complete the full year of study, you will be required to repay the scholarship amount pro-rata.

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.

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.

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