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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


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 the School's master’s programmes starting September 2022. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria via any of the University’s accepted English language tests: 

Programme IELTS

Min criteria

English Scholarship

Award criteria

6.0 average and minimum 5.5 in all four sections 6.5 average and minimum 6.0 in all four sections
6.5 average and minimum 6.0 in all four sections 7.0 average and minimum 6.5 in all four sections
7.0 average and minimum 6.5 in all four sections 7.5 average and minimum 7.0 in all four sections

All IELTS or other accepted English proficiency qualifications need to be sent to us by Sunday 4 September 2022 to be considered for this award.

International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

  1. The International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships are available to applicants from all international countries, with the exception of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
  2. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically if students meet the criteria
  3. The scholarships of £3,000 are offered to applicants who have been offered a place on one of FAH PGT programmes and have achieved either a 1st classification (or equivalent) in their Bachelor’s degrees respectively.

Faculty of Arts & Humanities International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarship: 2020/21

For all new Faculty of Arts & Humanities postgraduate taught international students [non-EU/UK] enrolling in Sept 2020. Those students with a 1st class honours at undergraduate level, or equivalent qualification accepted by the university, will be awarded an automatic £3,000 scholarship.

If you are successful in gaining a place with us, this PGT Scholarship will mean an automatic reduction in your tuition fees. When we send your offer letter to you, we will also write to you to let you know you are eligible for one of these Scholarships. Providing you accept our offer of a place and meet all the conditions of your offer, we will confirm your £3,000 Scholarship before the start of the academic year in September 2020.

You can complete an online University application for a place on a programme at any time.

A wide range of scholarships are available to aid your studies at the University of Southampton. The University itself offers a number of scholarships for individual courses and there are several agencies offering funds to help study in the UK. Please refer to the Humanities funding pages for funding information.

Additional studentships for History 

Ian Karten Studentship

Funding for MA study in Jewish History and Culture.

Parkes East European Studentship

Funding for MA study in Jewish History and Culture for students from Hungary, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia or the Russian Federation.  

Archival Research Studentship

This studentship is open to students from all Humanities disciplines if their research will make use of our major archival and special research collections holdings.


The University of Southampton annually offers a three-year postgraduate studentship for research leading to the degree of PhD in any field for which its major archival and special research collections holdings are of importance and appropriate supervision is available.

The archival holdings in question comprise the papers of the first Duke of Wellington; the third Viscount Palmerston; and Earl Mountbatten of Burma; with their related deposits, and the archival resources of the Parkes Library, which include the Anglo-Jewish archive, the Parkes papers, the papers of the Council of Christians and Jews, the papers of the Institute of Jewish Affairs, and the Jewish Chronicle. In addition there are significant music collections, particularly of historical recordings.

The studentship is tenable for a maximum of three years at an annual stipend of around £14,000. The University will waive postgraduate tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and there will be an allowance of up to £600 pa for research travel and expenses. 

Applicants would ordinarily possess at least a good second-class honours degree or its equivalent in an appropriate subject (normally history, politics, music, sociology or a related discipline) and have undertaken or be currently undertaking a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Before submitting an application, it is advisable to ascertain that the proposed topic of research is suitable and that supervision can be provided, by writing to the postgraduate coordinator of the relevant department.

Manuscript collections
The manuscript collections, which number in the region of 6 million items in 2,400 collections, are principally of the 19th and 20th century, although the earliest items date from the 12th century. They focus on political, military, diplomatic and official papers of individuals with a connection with the University’s region, on Anglo-Jewry and on the relations between the Jews and other peoples, on the University itself and on former staff, students and associates, on textiles and the history of costume and on acoustics. There is a notable inter-relationship between the manuscript holdings and some of the printed research collections. A guide to the manuscript collections is available through the Special Collections web site.

The 19th-century political and military manuscript collections
These include the main archives of two British Prime Ministers, the first Duke of Wellington and third Viscount Palmerston, papers of a third Prime Minister, William Lamb, second Viscount Melbourne, and encompass the diaries of the Victorian philanthropist and social reformer the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury. The Melbourne correspondence includes a significant quantity of material between Melbourne and Lord John Russell, 1834-42.

The Wellington archive, amounting to approximately 100,000 items, is the principal collection of the political, military, official and diplomatic papers of the first Duke of Wellington. The papers cover the whole of the Duke’s life from 1790 until his death in 1852. A summary catalogue of the archive has been published and a detailed description of the whole collection is in progress and is available as an on-line database. The material covers Wellington’s career in India up to 1805, for which there are approximately 15,000 papers, followed by his activities as Chief Secretary for Ireland, 1807-9. The section for the Peninsular War provides an unrivalled source for the history of the British participation. This part of the archive is extensive, with well in excess of 25,000 papers, and contains much Spanish and Portuguese material. The archive also includes Wellington’s correspondence and papers for the international congresses at the end of the Napoleonic Wars and for the allied occupation of France, for his political career after 1818, including his two premierships, his service in Peel’s government of 1841-6, and his tenure of the post of Commander in Chief of the army.

The papers of third Viscount Palmerston number 40,000 items and cover the whole of his ministerial career from 1809 until his death as Prime Minister in 1865. About three-quarters of the collection consists of Palmerston’s papers as foreign secretary, for the years 1830-4, 1835-41 and 1846-51, largely his private correspondence with British diplomats around the world, which form an important record of British foreign policy. Other sections of the archive include lengthy sequences of royal correspondence, cabinet memoranda, papers on national defence and home affairs, literary papers and journals. Related private and family correspondence of Lord Palmerston can be found amongst the family and estate papers.

Smaller related collections of political papers include the private papers of Marquis Wellesley, Wellington’s older brother, which cover his time as Governor General of India, 1797-1805, and his tenure of the posts of British ambassador to Spain, 1809, and of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1809-12, and the archive of the Parnell family, Barons Congleton, 1597-1904, which contains extensive material relating to Irish politics. Amongst the papers of Sir John Parnell, second Baronet, is material for the Union of Ireland and Great Britain, whilst the papers of the first Baron Congleton include material about Roman Catholic emancipation.

The Division also has acquired a range of complementary military collections. These range from the records of the Commissariat in the Iberian Peninsula and of Commissary General Sir Robert Kennedy and Sir John Bisset, 1793-1832; the diary of George Eastlake, visiting Spain in the company of Admiral Sir Thomas Byam Martin, September 1813; and the order book of the Adjutant General of the allied army in Europe, 1815-16; to the Pack and Reynell collection, 1802-1902, which contains correspondence of Major General Sir Denis Pack relating to the Peninsula, the Waterloo campaign and the allied occupation of France, 1809-23, of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Reynell, 1802-26, and Boer War correspondence of Major Arthur William Pack Beresford. Papers of S G P Ward, the military historian, relate to European military history from the 17th century onwards, but with particular emphasis on the Napoleonic Wars and the Peninsular War. Associated Spanish material includes papers of Manuel Godoy Alvarez de Faria, Duque del Alcudia, Principe del Paz, Generalissimo of the Spanish army, 1805, and the journal of the operations of the Spanish First Army under the command of General F Copons y Navia, June 1813.

The 20th-century political and military manuscript collections
The principal amongst these collections is that of Earl Mountbatten of Burma, a multi-media archive of approximately 250,000 papers and 50,000 photographs, which contains material both of national and international significance. The earliest notable group of papers in the archive dates from Mountbatten’s command of Combined Operations during World War II. There are papers of many of the operations, including the controversial raid on Dieppe in August 1942. From 1943 to 1946, Mountbatten was Supreme Allied Commander in South East Asia, overseeing the Burma campaign and the actions culminating in the Japanese surrender in September 1945. Papers also refer to the post-war settlement of the British, French and Dutch colonies in South East Asia. Mountbatten’s official papers as the last Viceroy of India and the first Governor General provide a unique view of the transfer of power in India. After his departure from India, Mountbatten resumed his naval career in the Mediterranean and then as Fourth Sea Lord. The large series of files relating to Mountbatten’s service as First Sea Lord, 1955-9, cover, among many subjects, the reorganisation and streamlining of the Royal Navy, the Suez crisis of 1956, and the development of the Atlantic alliance. The archive also contains Mountbatten’s papers as Chief of the UK Defence Staff from 1959 until his retirement in 1965.

Further related collections include the papers of Edwina, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, and the private and naval papers of Mountbatten’s father Prince Louis of Battenberg, later first Marquis of Milford Haven, who was First Sea Lord immediately prior to World War I. The papers of W W Ashley, Lord Mount Temple, Mountbatten’s father-in-law, include extensive political correspondence from the later 19th-century to 1939, with some material relating to his position as Secretary of State for Transport and to Anglo-German relations. The papers of Sir Ernest Cassel contain about 700 items, including correspondence with the British royal family and documents concerning German armaments prior to World War I.

The private papers of Lord Thorneycroft and papers of Lieutenant Colonel Nawab Sir Malik Khizar Hayat Tiwana, Prime Minister of the Punjab, 1942-7, form part of a growing series of twentieth-century political papers. The Thorneycroft papers include material relating to his tenure of the post of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary of State for Defence and Chairman of the Conservative party. The Tiwana collection, 1936-69, contains material relating to his tenure as Prime Minister of the Punjab, for the Punjab Unionist Party and speeches by Sir Sikander Hayat Khan, Prime Minister of Punjab, 1937-41.

Anglo-Jewish and inter-faith collections
The Division has more than 600 collections of manuscripts in this field. This makes Southampton an important centre in Western Europe for the study of Anglo-Jewish history in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and for the relations between Jews and non-Jewish worlds. The Anglo-Jewish Archives contain important holdings for prominent individuals and national organisations. Papers of individuals include those of Cecil Roth, of Selig Brodetsky, private papers of Chief Rabbi Joseph Hertz and of Chief Rabbi Sir Israel Brodie, Neville and Harold Laski and their parents, Sir Basil and Lady Henriques, Eugene Heimler, private and official papers of Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld, which contains a large section relating to the work of the Chief Rabbi’s Religious Emergency Council and the rescue of members of the Jewish community in the 1930s and 1940s, and correspondence between Mrs Joseph and her sister Lady Samuels. Archives of organisations include those of the Jewish Board of Guardians, the Anglo-Jewish Association, the editorial correspondence of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, the Union of Jewish Women, the World Union of Progressive Judaism and the Institute of Jewish Affairs and the British Section of the World Jewish Congress.

The archive of Dr James Parkes focuses on his life’s work of the promotion of understanding between Jews and non-Jews; this complements the printed material of the Parkes Library. Related inter-faith collections include the archives of the International Association for Religious Freedom, of the Council of Christians and Jews, the World Congress of Faiths, of Revd W W Simpson, and material connected with the consideration of the Jewish question at the Congress of Aix-la-Chapelle.

The Division also possess transcripts and related material for the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, together with a more substantial and relatively complete set of transcripts and related papers for the twelve subsequent US zonal trials at Nuremberg.

Other manuscript collections
These include the archives of the University itself, with the archives of its immediate predecessors, the University College of Southampton and the Hartley Institution, together with some papers for early Southampton institutions such as the Southampton School of Art. A second group of material comprises papers of alumni and alumnae, former members of staff and individuals associated with the University. Falling into this category are the poetry and correspondence of Martin Bell, a former student, papers, diaries and correspondence of the Hansard family and the mathematical and historical papers of Miss A Trout and art work of Miss Charlotte Chamberlain, one of the benefactors of the University College of Southampton.

Manuscript items relating to Hampshire includes Thomas Gatehouse’s `History of Hampshire’ (1778) and local poll books, which come from Cope and other bequests. There is material for Hampshire in both the Wellington and Broadlands archives, complemented by local material for Cheshire and for Ireland in the Congleton and Palmerston papers.

The Division holds a number of literary manuscripts, including papers presented by authors or local societies. Notable among these are the verse collections of the first Viscount Palmerston, manuscripts of Edmund Blunden, E M Almedingen, Norman Crisp and the Bournemouth Poetry Society. Amongst the Jewish archives are the collections of such individuals as Israel Zangwill.

Recently, the Special Collections had extended its holdings to encompass material on acoustics and building design and to textiles and design history. Material relating to acoustics and the design of buildings includes papers of the Institute of Acoustics, the leading organisation in the UK, and the archives of notable architectural acousticians such as of Hope Bagenal, who was the senior acoustic consultant of the Royal Festival Hall, London, of Keith Rose and Hugh Creighton.

The two collections of note encompassing textiles and design history are those of the knitting writer and historian Montse Stanley and of Janet Arnold, who was one of the most respected historians of western costume. The Montse Stanley archive is divided into her working papers relating to scholarly interests, together with a large collection of knitted objects and tools. Janet Arnold’s collection reflects her work as an author, freelance lecturer, teacher and museum consultant, with substantial material for her publications, such as her most well-known work, Queen Elizabeth’s Wardrobe Unlock’d (1988), lecture notes, research material and teaching papers.

Further information about the Special Collections
Details of the catalogues and access arrangements for the Special Collections are given on the Special Collections web site. For further details on the manuscript collections, email

Special research collections
The printed collections of note are the Parkes Library, the Cope Collection on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Perkins Agricultural Library and the Wellington Pamphlets.

The Parkes Library
The Parkes Library is one of the most important collections in Britain for the study of Jewish history and in particular for the study of relationships between the Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. The nucleus of this collection is the working library of Revd J W Parkes (1896-1981), a founder member of the Council of Christians and Jews, who devoted much of his life to the promotion of understanding between members of the two faiths. The collection includes publications on the history of Jewish communities worldwide, the history of Palestine and the development of Zionism, Jewish-Arab relations, Jewish-Christian relations and anti-Semitism, with a substantial section on the Holocaust. Recent additions to the Parkes Library include books and periodicals from the library of the Institute of Jewish Affairs, a collection of right-wing periodicals published between 1950 and 1990, the Harry S.Ward Zangwill Collection and a large collection of Yiddish literature.

The Cope Collection
The Cope Collection of material on Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has its origin in the `Hampshire Collection’ which Revd Sir William Cope (1811-92) of Bramshill bequeathed to the Hartley Institution in 1892. The University has continued to add to the collection and it now consists of over 12,000 books and pamphlets and approximately 4,000 prints, maps, posters, photographs and manuscripts. There are sections on the county in general and on most local communities, the largest being that on Southampton. A wide range of subjects is covered, although the main emphasis is on the history of the area. In addition to the secondary historical works, there are printed source materials, eg publications of local record societies, early directories and guidebooks, poll books, newspapers, illustrations and pamphlets dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Perkins Agricultural Library
The Perkins Agricultural Library is a collection of works of British and Irish writers on agriculture, printed before 1901. It was originally the private collection of Walter Frank Perkins (1865-1946), a prominent local man who served as Member of Parliament for the New Forest, 1910-22. His interest in agricultural books led to both the formation of this library and to his well-known bibliography of British and Irish writers on agriculture (Lymington, 1929). The collection rivals in scope that of the Royal Agricultural Society at Rothamsted and contains a significant proportion of books that do not appear in the national collections in the British Library. The earliest works date from the early 17th century, but the main strength of the collection lies in books on general practice and improvement of agriculture in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wellington Pamphlets
A collection of 3,164 pamphlets collected by or presented to the first Duke of Wellington. The pamphlets cover a wide range of subjects. Those on politics form the largest section, with an emphasis on Parliamentary Reform, 1830-2. There are many pamphlets on social, economic and religious issues, such as the Poor Law, agricultural distress, banking and taxation, Catholic emancipation and church reform. Material on foreign and colonial affairs includes the slavery debate, 1829-33, the government of France and Portuguese and Spanish constitutional problems.

Other printed collections
The Special Collection Division also holds a number of rare and antiquarian book collections dating from the late 15th century onwards. Many of these are formed of bequests to the University and its predecessors. They include the John Bullar collection of theological, historical and literary works; a substantial part of the library of Henry Robinson Hartley, the founder of the Hartley Institution; the Robert Washington Oates collection on slavery in the West Indies in the 18th and 19th centuries; several thousand Spanish plays of the 18th and 19th centuries; and a growing collection of material relating to the Peninsular War and the Liberal Triennium in Spain. There is a S G P Ward collection of Peninsular War books which is associated to his archives.

Associated research collections in the Hartley Library and Winchester School of Art:
The Ford Collection
The Hartley Library has very extensive holdings of British Official Publications, from the earliest printed records of Parliament through to the present day. The collections were developed by Professor and Mrs Ford, who compiled a series of Select Lists and Breviates, which have been continued in a new series – the Southampton series on policy making in Britain – with the first volume in the series, on Law and Order 1983-92, published in January 1994. The holdings comprise a complete set of House of Commons Sessional Papers from 1801 to date, together with some House of Lords Papers, a wide range of non-parliamentary publications, complete sets of the Old Parliamentary History 1066-1660, Cobbett’s Parliamentary History of England 1066-1803 and the Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Debates in Standing Committees from 1944-5, the Journals of both Houses (Lords from 1509, Commons from 1547), current unbound acts and statutory instruments. In addition the Library holds the full collections of microfiche which accompany the Catalogue of British Official Publications not published by the Stationery Office from 1980. Some special sets and collections are available including the Abbot collection 1731-1801 (microprint edition). Parts of the holdings once constituted the reference sets of the first Duke of Wellington and the third Viscount Palmerston. Printed indexes available include the General Indexes and the Subject catalogue of the House of Commons parliamentary papers 1801-1900. Electronic indexes include the Index to House of Commons parliamentary papers on CD-ROM (covering 1801 to the current decade) and the Catalogue of United Kingdom Official Publications (UKOP). In addition the British Official Publications Current Awareness Service (BOPCAS), developed in-house, provides a catalogue of additions to the collection from mid-1995, as well as a searchable database and an on-line current awareness service in a range of policy areas. This is complemented by the British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service (BOPCRIS) which provides a web-based bibliographic database to the British Official Publications over the period 1688-1995. The Hartley Library also has a European Documentation Centre containing a wide range of materials from the European Commission and there are important holdings of material for the study of European and US law.

Other research collections in the Hartley Library
The Library holds a range of microform collections related to the Special Collections holdings. Parkes Library related material includes the microfilms of the Archives of the Central British Fund for World Jewish Relief, 1933-60, the Testimonies of the Holocaust (Series 1 and 3).

There are also microfilms of papers of Robert Peel and of Lord Liverpool, which form part of the papers of the prime ministers of Great Britain series, of 19th century publications on society and culture, of Early English books, 1475-1640, and of Anti-Slavery material from the Library of the Society of Friends.

Winchester School of Art Library associated collections
The Winchester School of Art holds related special collections in the field of textiles and costume history. These are the private libraries of Janet Arnold and Montse Stanley, together with that of Richard Rutt, which also relates to knitting history. This material is complemented by a large collection of knitting patterns dating from the early 20th century to the present day.

Further information about the Special Collections
Details of the Special Collections Division printed collections and other research collections can be accessed through the Library web site.

For further details of the Special Collections Division printed collections email:

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