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Money matters

Find out about our fees, loans and other financial support that might be available to you.

When planning your finances, you will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials. Our fees and funding section offers further information. Details of additional costs specific to your course can be found on the relevant course page.


View our full list of course tuition fees

Paying your tuition fees

There are three ways you can pay your tuition fees:

  • If you are self-funding you can pay your tuition fees online
  • If you are eligible for a student loan you do not need to make the payment yourself
  • If a sponsor is paying all or part of your tuition fees you need to complete our fees sponsorship form.

Find out more about how to pay your tuition fees.

Questions about tuition fees

If you have a question about tuition fees or need more information, contact Student Fees:

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 9599

Fax: +44 (0) 23 8059 9595


What else should I know?

Your tuition fees will usually cover compulsory course costs, such as field trips and laboratory clothing. A contribution may be necessary towards certain elements, these additional costs can be found on the course page.

Student loans

You can apply for a student loan to help pay for tuition fees if you live in the UK or a European Union country. You may also be eligible for a loan for living costs.

You will not have to pay your fees upfront.

If you live in England*, you can get a loan to cover your tuition fees. You will only start repaying this once you are earning over £21,000 per year.

Learn more about student loans

* If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will receive financial support for university from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government or the Northern Ireland Executive (as appropriate). If you live in the EU and meet certain eligibility criteria, you can get a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees.


The University offers a generous package of direct financial support to eligible students.

You may be eligible for a bursary in each year of your study to support your living costs.

Find out more about University bursaries and eligibility criteria

Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme

Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme is an initiative which aims to support the development of science and engineering skills in the UK. Individual bursary value: £2,500 per academic year

For more information follow this link: Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme


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.

Excellence in Chemistry Scholarship

Chemistry is able to offer a £1,000 scholarship to any UK or EU applicant achieving A*AA grades in their A levels (or equivalent in alternative qualifications), with the A* in chemistry.

Denis Henry Desty Undergraduate Scholarship

The Denis Henry Desty Undergraduate Scholarship programme supports students from under-represented backgrounds in their chemistry studies.

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

Students on our four-year MChem programmes who meet the criteria below will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship of £2,000 per year, for each year they are studying at Southampton.

Each recipient will receive up to £8,000 during the four-year course, depending on whether they undertake a paid placement year as part of their studies, during which they would not receive a payment.

Two Denis Henry Desty Undergraduate Scholarships will be awarded each year. We will use the University’s contextual admissions criteria to identify students from under-represented backgrounds; eligible students are invited to apply for the scholarship (via an online application form) once they have selected Southampton as their first-choice University. 

We will interview shortlisted students once they have received their A-Level results and have their place at Southampton confirmed. The interview panel will consider the following criteria when deciding which students should receive the scholarships:

  • Financial need: We will prioritise students from under-represented backgrounds, who will benefit from financial support to allow them to focus fully on their academic studies.
  • Academic ability: Students should demonstrate a very strong academic ability and the potential to be a high achiever whilst at university.
  • Extra-curricular activity and leadership skills: We will look for well-rounded individuals who have the potential to excel beyond academia and inspire those around them.
  • Work experience and career aspirations: We wish to select 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 progress report annually, around Easter time. After scholarship recipients have graduated, they will provide a final short report reflecting on how the scholarship has made an impact on their studies and influenced the next stage of their career. 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.


Depending on your personal circumstances (eg your household income), you may be eligible for a Special Support Grant.

Additional help is also available if you have:

  • a disability or a specific learning difficulty
  • dependent children or adults.

Discover if you are eligible for a grant on the Government Student Finance website.

Find out more

If you live outside England, you will find relevant information on your local student finance website.

The Student Support Fund

This Fund provides discretionary financial support for those able to demonstrate genuine financial hardship. It can be used to help with living costs including childcare, disability, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books and course equipment. Full-time ‘home' undergraduate students and part-time students studying at least 50 per cent of a full-time course can apply. The fund cannot help students meet the cost of tuition fees.

Learn more about The Student Support Fund

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