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How to Apply Postgraduate

Applications for our postgraduate programmes are made using one of two methods, depending on the programme.

Before applying for any type of postgraduate study you should:

  1. identify the postgraduate programme you wish to apply for; you may for instance need to take a one-year taught course before beginning research work, 
  2. identify your area of research interest and how this links to our research centre or potential supervisors; you can find more information about our research areas on our research centre page,
  3. check that you meet the University's general entry requirements, plus any specific requirements for your chosen programme,
  4. if applicable, ensure that you will be able meet any special requirements for international students,
  5. identify how you will fund your postgraduate study, and follow this up immediately; you should not wait for the offer of a place before seeking a scholarship from the University or elsewhere; please note that scholarships are limited and highly competitive, they often involve you matching funding from other sources, 
  6. produce supporting documentation to support your application.

You will then be ready to apply, using the University’s online form.

For further guidance please see below.

Supporting documentation

Most programmes require additional supporting documentation to be submitted as part of the application process. These can be uploaded with the online application form. As a guideline, this will include the following:

Your application and documentation, particularly the research proposal, will be reviewed against the following criteria:

General entry requirements

As well as academic qualifications and practical experience, we look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

In common with other graduate schools, in the Southampton Education School we need to keep a year-on-year balance of postgraduate research activity across our specialisms. Factors that are relevant to postgraduate selection concern the wishes of the applicant, the experience and track record of the supervisor, grant income available for running the project, the funding status of the student, and alignment of the proposal with our research centres and expertise. In all cases, however, our over-riding criterion is the quality of the student together with the fit of student and supervisor research.

International students

If you are an international student you will need to ensure that your academic and English language qualifications meet our entry requirements. You can find out more about English language qualifications and support. You may be required to provide English-language translations of degree certificates or transcripts to support your application.

You should apply as early as possible if you need to secure a UK visa or if you are applying for funding or sponsorship. You can find out more about UK immigration procedures. Deadlines for research funding are usually several months in advance of the start date and can be as much as twelve months depending on the funding body.

Funding for postgraduate research

Some PhD studentships are backed by UK Research Councils, notably the ESRC's '1+3' system. Details of these and other studentships are advertised here as they become available.

Other programmes may be funded by grant-making agencies or overseas governments, by the Southampton Education School itself, by the student's employer or privately.

Please check the details of each studentship to identify whether you are eligible to apply. Many studentship opportunities are only available to UK and EU students. You can see details of bursaries and other awards available for researchers in education, as well as a guide to fees and other costs.

Online application

Applications for our postgraduate research and Master's programmes are made using the University’s online application form. You can find instructions on completing the form. For postgraduate taught programmes, application is by a range of routes, and you should check against your chosen programme.

Be sure to specify the correct programme and school. For programmes that are hosted by other schools, you should select the name of that school.

You will be sent an acknowledgement email as soon as we have received your application. You can use online tracking to track the progress of your application. Applications will only be considered when all documentation has been received.

It is general policy to interview applicants before a formal offer is made. In the case of international and EU students, this can be done via telephone.


For application enquiries, you should contact the Postgraduate Office.

Access the online application form.

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