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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.

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


Saïd Foundation scholarships

The University of Southampton is proud to be a partner of the Saïd Foundation. If you are a student from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Syria you may be able to apply for a Saïd Foundation scholarship to study with us.

Funding for international students

As an international (non-EU) student, you may be eligible for funding from the University, our partners, or organisations within your home country.

Explore funding opportunities for international students.

Denis Henry Desty PhD Scholarship

The Denis Henry PhD Scholarship is awarded to one PhD student per year who has the potential to achieve exceptional quality research.

The scholarship programme was established in memory of Denis Henry Desty, who was a chemistry student at Southampton in the 1940s. He went on to become a pioneer in the fields of chromatography and combustion science.

The Scholarship has a total value of £11,000, which will normally be divided as follows:

  • £6,000 to provide an enhanced stipend (£2,000 a year for three years)   
  • £3,000 for enhanced consumables and running costs (£1,000 a year for three years)
  • £2,000 to present their research at an international conference

One Denis Henry Desty PhD Scholarship will be awarded each year. We will invite eligible candidates to apply for the scholarship (via an online application form) during October in the first year of their PhD in the School of Chemistry at Southampton. 

Applications will be considered by a panel and shortlisted students will be interviewed. The interview panel will consider the following criteria when deciding which student should receive the scholarship:

  • Academic ability: Students should demonstrate an excellent academic ability and track record, with the potential to be a high achiever over the course of their PhD.
  • Extra-curricular activity and leadership skills: We wish to select well-rounded individuals who have the potential to excel beyond academia and inspire those around them.
  • Work experience and career aspirations: We will be looking for students who have ambitious career plans, which will use the chemistry and broader skills they develop throughout their degree.

Each scholarship recipient will provide a brief, annual progress report to demonstrate the impact of the scholarship. After graduating, scholars will provide a final progress report to reflect on how the award has made an impact on their studies. Scholars will also be invited to an annual reception, which will be an opportunity to meet the family of Denis Henry Desty and to keep in touch with other scholars.


The British Council’s Education UK website includes a range of helpful information for international candidates. They may be able to advise on funding available to nationals of individual countries, or candidates hoping to undertake certain types of research work. Visit the Education UK website for more details.

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) offers UK government funding for postgraduate study to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. Visit the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website for more details.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships)

The Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships) fund runs annually and is administered by the Doctoral College.

The scholarships will cover full fees, a stipend and a research training and support grant for up to 3.5 years (or 84 months pro rata for part time students).

The scheme is open to all nationalities and subject areas. You can find out more about the scholarship on the Doctoral College site.


Many PhD studentship opportunities become available during the year for UK and EU residents. These are available from a range of sources, primarily the research councils (EPSRC, BBSRC, NERC and MRC), charities, and industry. You will generally need a 2:1 or first-class degree or equivalent in chemistry or a related science discipline to be eligible to apply.

We will be happy to discuss opportunities with you. Please contact us for further information.

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