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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.

Find out more about our scholarships

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.



Scholarships from the University of Southampton, the Faculty or the School of Education may be available to MPhil/PhD students. There are no scholarships for other research degrees, for example EdD, nor for postgraduate taught courses.

Scholarship funding may be available from other sources. If you require funding to undertake a postgraduate qualification (that is, you will not be self-funded or supported by your employer), you should secure this before accepting an offer of a place.  There is always strong competition for scholarships.

National Scholarship Fund

Applications for the third round of the National Scholarship Fund (NSF) for teachers opened on 8 April 2013. The aim of the fund is to provide an opportunity for teachers to deepen their specialist or subject knowledge. It is anticipated that this will also lead to the sharing of learning, knowledge and expertise across the school system. Find out more.. 

Scholarships for PGCE shortage subjects

Teacher training scholarships of £25 000 are available for mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing PGCE secondary trainees. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. For details of eligibility and the application process see the Department of Education (DfE) website.

PGR Scholarship fund

The University has instituted a new scholarship fund. Open to the best students, whoever they are and wherever they come from, it will support up to 100 new PhD places each year. This is part of our wider strategy to make a step-change increase in the number of postgraduate research students studying in Southampton. Find out more..

ESRC DTC postgraduate studentship

The University of Southampton's ESRC DTC (Doctoral Training Centre) is one of just 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. The DTC will offer a minimum of 18 new postgraduate studentships every year for a five year period, which commenced in October 2011.


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PGCE (Primary, Secondary and Further Education)

For details of current government bursaries for postgraduate teacher training, click here.

Provider ITT and School Direct Training Programme PGCE trainees (including Further Education) are eligible for a student loan. Details can be found on the Gov.UK website.


PGCE (Primary and Secondary)

If you are normally resident in England or Wales you may be eligible for a means-tested maintenance grant. For enquiries about training to teach please contact the Teaching line by telephoning 0800 389 2500 or email via the Department for Education (DfE) website. If you are normally resident in the European Union you may also be entitled to some financial help. You need to check regulations at Gov.UK Teacher training funding or contact the EU Customer Services Team on +44(0) 1412 433 570.

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