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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.

Funding for Masters Students

Funding for Research Students

Find out more about postgraduate loansMore postgraduate funding optionsFind country-specific requirements

Scholarships

A wide range of studentships 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. These funding opportunities are detailed below. For information about other sources please see the University funding pages.

International students please also check the University International web pages for more information.

You can find out more information about scholarships for Masters and Research students on the tabs below.

Funding for Masters Students

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.

GREAT Scholarship India

This scholarship provides £10,000 issued as a tuition fee reduction for an MA English Literary Studies [Postcolonial and World Literatures] student with an Indian passport. For full details on application criteria and how to apply, please visit Great Scholarships - India.

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.

 

Funding for Research Students

All 2022 entry scholarships are now closed for application. Please check back later in the year for 2023 entry scholarship information.

 

External funding sources

Each of these external schemes has its own application process which is separate from the Humanities funding round. Application details will be detailed on the websites provided below.


British Society for the History of Philosophy

The British Society for the Philosophy of Science (BSPS) offers scholarships for doctoral work in the philosophy of science at a UK university, subject to a candidate of sufficient merit presenting themselves. Scholarships are only available to students applying to degree programmes in philosophy or in philosophy of science.

Analysis Trust

The Analysis Trust proposes to award a studentship to support a promising philosopher who does not have other means of support (e.g. a doctoral stipend, or employment as a lecturer or research fellow), and to enable them to conduct their own programme of research. The award is worth £17,375 for the academic year 2022-23.

Postgraduate Loans for Humanities Masters Students

Loans of up to £10,609 are available for students applying to Humanities Masters programmes, subject to eligibility and conditions. For more information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Postgraduate Loans for Humanities PhD Students

Loans of up to £25,000 are available for students applying to Humanities PhD programmes beginning on or after 1 August 2018, subject to eligibility and conditions. For more information please visit the GOV.UK website.

Santander funding

Through the University’s partnership with Santander Universities, scholarships of up to £5,000 may be available to students from Latin America, the EU and USA for any Masters programme.

Commonwealth Fellowship Funding

Commonwealth scholarships are available to students from Commonwealth countries to study a range of Masters and PhD programmes at any UK university.

Said Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships are offered to students from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria, and are available for any one-year taught master's programme at the University of Southampton.

British Chevening Scholarships

These scholarships, funded by UK Government, are prestigious awards which enable students from over 160 countries worldwide to study a Masters programme at a UK university.

Additional sources of funding information

  • Prospects
  • British Federation of Women Graduates

 

What do I do if I am unsuccessful in obtaining funding?

If your application for funding is not successful, there are a couple of possible alternatives open to you. Firstly you could consider applying for a Career Development Loan to cover the costs of your study. This is a deferred repayment bank loan to help you pay for vocational learning or education. Visit GOV.UK to find out more.

Secondly, you could consider studying part-time instead of full-time (for those programmes which offer a part-time route). The reduction in coursework will allow you to work whilst studying to support yourself.

For further information please contact our Humanities postgraduate team by:

Phone: +44 (0) 23 8059 7433
Email: fah-pgr-apply@southampton.ac.uk

 

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