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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 2018

Postgraduate loans are now available for UK and EU students studying taught and research masters programmes.

These loans are worth up to £10,000 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

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

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED FOR 2018/19 ENTRY.

Please check on this website from November 2018 for details of the next application round.

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.

 

University of Southampton Presidential Scholars Scheme (PGR Scholarship Fund)

The University supports up to 105 new PhD places each year. The scheme is open to all new students - from the UK or any country worldwide. Our Presidential scholarship scheme has a number of different opportunities. Detailed below are the opportunities still available for 2018/19 entry:

Presidential Scholarship - Faculty Allocation

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

Postgraduate research students recruited under the scheme will receive a centrally-funded scholarship of £7,000 per year for three years. The Faculty is given a number of these awards each year which are for students who apply to study with us. Students who are part-funded by an external funder may have priority. You must complete the University online application form for a place and the Humanities funding application form to be considered for these awards. (Please note that students taking Integrated PhD programmes are not eligible for this award.)

The award covers: a contribution towards international level fees, or UK/EU fees with a small annual stipend. Total value of the award is £21,000, available over the three years full-time or up to six years part-time, subject to satisfactory progress.

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

 

University of Southampton Archive Studentships

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

The University of Southampton normally offers each year a 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 award covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend of around £14,000 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

(Figures based on funding from 2017/18)

 

Richard Newitt Bursary

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

The Richard Newitt Trust bursary will be available for September 2017 entry. Richard Newitt Bursaries are an historical philanthropically-funded bursary scheme which is managed by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in line with the original intentions of the donors; Richard and Freda Newitt. The award provides one bursary to each Faculty for a UK Masters student. The award will be made as a maintenance grant which can be used for tuition fees or living costs at the choice of the student.

The award covers: a £5,000 bursary for a full-time UK postgraduate Masters student (50% of rate for part-time students).

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

 

Sue Wilson Bursaries

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

Sue returned to education as a mature student and graduated from the University of Southampton with a PhD in English. While undertaking her studies, Sue was able to see first-hand the financial challenges that some students experience as postgraduates. On completion of her PhD, Sue decided that she would donate money to Southampton to establish the Sue Wilson Bursary programme to help UK students fulfil their dreams of obtaining a post-graduate degree.

The award covers: £1000 contribution towards fees for full-time UK postgraduate masters students (0.5 pro-rata for part-time students).

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

 

Ian Karten Scholarship

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

Scholarships from the Ian Karten Charitable Trust Funding (History). Patron and supporter of the Parkes Institute, Ian Karten MBE, set up a charitable trust to assist students studying Jewish History and Culture.

The award covers: contribution towards fees for students enrolling for the MA in Jewish History and Culture.

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

(Figures based on funding from 2017/18)

 

Parkes East European Scholarship - to be confirmed for 2018/19

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

This studentship for the MA Jewish History and Culture is open to nationals of, and currently residing within, one of the following countries: Hungary, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia or the Russian Federation. Nationals of other Former Soviet Union countries will also be considered. It is awarded to candidates who intend to use the degree to further an existing career in cultural, educational, archaeographical or communal work.

The award covers: contribution towards fees and maintenance.

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

(Figures based on funding from 2017/18)

 

The Wolfson Foundation - Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. Over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 10,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review. The University of Southampton is one of only nine Universities in the UK selected to award this scholarship based on the results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships are available in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation's interests: History, Literature and Languages. Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master's degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research. The intention is that Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field and to forge long academic careers. As such, funding will be awarded solely on academic merit.

The award covers: UK/EU fees at PhD level as well as a high level maintenance grant to cover research and training costs (including attendance of events organised by the Wolfson Foundation.)

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

 

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) - South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

In the third round of the AHRC Block Grant Partnership (BGP) Awards, a Doctoral Training Partnership involving the University of Southampton has been awarded funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development from 2014.

The South, West and Wales Consortium of universities, led by the University of Bristol, will receive £14.2M over five years. There will be a strong emphasis on collaboration with 19 partner organisations including English Heritage, the National Trust, the BBC, Cadw and Welsh National Opera.

The funding allows for innovative postgraduate support, including the development of broader skills such as partnership working and language skills, and experience in working outside academia through industry and international placements. At Southampton, the studentships will come in a broad range of subject areas including Archaeology, English (including Creative Writing), Film, History (including Jewish History and Culture), Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy.

Online Information Sessions will be provided at the end of November. If you would like to receive notifications of when these sessions will be available and/or would like to ask a specific question, please register online at South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership page. Registration is open from 18th October to 1st November 2017.

The award covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend around £14,553 per annum for three years, subject to satisfactory progress

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

 

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) - South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

Through an exciting new collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth, the South Coast DTP aims to deliver the latest developments in training in research methods and skills to produce highly qualified and rounded social scientists, equipped to meet contemporary economic and social challenges.

The partnership provides comparable funding to the AHRC, but their remit is postgraduate study in the social sciences. Studentships may be available in the areas of applied linguistics or social history.

The award covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend of around £14,553 per annum for three years (full time PhD, subject to satisfactory progress) or six years (part-time PhD, 50% of full-time rate, subject to satisfactory progress).

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

 

ORT Marks Graduate Outreach Fellowships

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry

World ORT and the University of Southampton are pleased to announce a PhD fellowship of £10,000 per annum for a student applying to study Jewish History and Culture at the University of Southampton beginning in October 2018.

Students may work on any area or period of Jewish history or culture, and be registered in any department where they can be supervised by a member of the Parkes Institute (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/parkes/index.page).

The fellowship will be granted for one year in the first instance, but requests for full 3-year funding will be considered sympathetically. Renewal will be subject to annual review.

While pursuing their degrees, fellows will devote 1 day per week to work on the ORT Music and the Holocaust website (http://holocaustmusic.ort.org/), a leading and widely-used educational resource that was featured at the United Nations in 2014. Fellows are expected to write short entries (c.1000 words) for the website, plan and deliver outreach events, and engage in social media. No prior knowledge or musical expertise is required.

The award covers: £10,000 bursary for full-time Phd student with possibility for renewal subject to annual review. For further details contact: Dr Shirli Gilbert, s.gilbert@soton.ac.uk

Application: Applications are now closed for 2018/19 entry. Please check this website in November 2018 for details of the next application round.

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.

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

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry. 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

Applications closed for 2018/19 entry. 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 8062
Email: FAHPGRP@soton.ac.uk

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