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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 2017

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 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.


The information for the Humanities funding round for 2018 will be available soon.

A wide range of studentships are normally 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. Some of the regular funding sources are listed 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.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding round for September 2017 entry

AHRC Postgraduate Studentships  

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.  Other universities involved include Aberystwyth, Bath, Bath Spa, Cardiff, Exeter and Reading.

The funding, which equates to around 200 new studentships across the Consortium, 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.  

Eligible applicants should apply through the Consortium Partnership website (hosted by University of Bristol).  The application period will run from 27th November 2017 to 11th January 2018, with announcement of awards in April 2018. 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.

For full details and application information please refer to the Consortium Partnership website.

Please note, in addition to submitting an application to the Consortium Partnership you must apply for a place on the PhD programme at the University of Southampton.  

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

ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership

Southampton University is in partnership with the universities of Brighton and Portsmouth to provide funding for Humanities PhD applicants who are eligible. 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 £14,000 per annum for three years (full time PhD, subject to satisfactory progress) or five years (part-time PhD, subject to satisfactory progress).

Please note: Applicants who wish to apply for doctoral funding through the ESRC South Coast DTP and plan to be supervised or co-supervised within the Faculty of Humanities should apply direct to the ESRC South Coast DTP through their web site. You must also submit a Southampton University application for the Phd programme through our online application system.


Humanities funding round for September 2017 entry

The Humanities funding round for September 2017 entry has now closed.  Details of funding available for entry in September 2018 will be available on this page later this year.

(PLEASE NOTE: Only successful applicants are contacted with the results of the Humanities funding round.  If you have not heard from us by the 26th May 2017 for September 2017 funding you can assume that your application for funding was unsuccessful.)

University of Southampton Archive Studentships 

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 normally covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend of around £14,000 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory progress).

University of Southampton Vice Chancellors Scholarship fund (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. 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 three years full-time or up to six years part-time, subject to satisfactory progress.

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute - Leverhulme Scholarships

SMMI Scholarships may be available to UK and EU students to support cross-disciplinary PhD research in Archaeology and History and cover full fees and maintenance. For further information, please contact Dr Fraser Sturt (

Lawrence Arthur Burgess Scholarship

This scholarship supports postgraduate research students who are undertaking study in history or archaeology that is focussed on the local area.

The award covers: full fees at the UK/EU rate and is available on a full time or part time basis.

Honor Frost Foundation Scholarship 

Honor Frost Foundation Masters and/or Doctoral Awards in Maritime Archaeology. The Foundation's mission is to promote the advancement and research, including publication, of maritime archaeology with a particular focus on the eastern Mediterranean.  The Foundation is keen to support educational opportunities for students from the primary regions where Honor worked and is supporting a fully funded scholarship in Maritime Archaeology for students from Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria to attend the University of Southampton.  The scholarship is primarily for full time study at MA/MSc level with the possibility of further funding for PhD, but may also be offered at PhD level if there are suitable candidates.  The scholarship covers all university fees, an annual stipend and additional travel expenses. For further details contact: Dr Lucy Blue or see the full advertisement on the University and Foundation web sites.  Deadline for applications for 2017 entry - Thursday 11th May 2017.

Richard Newitt Bursary

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 normally covers: a £5,000 bursary for a UK postgraduate Masters student.

Sue Wilson Bursaries 

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 normally covers: £1000 contribution towards fees for UK postgraduate masters students.  

Discipline specific bursaries

Funds permitting, Disciplines may offer bursaries which normally constitute a contribution towards fees.   Please consult your Discipline PGR Co-ordinator for further information or check the discipline specific pages in Humanities.

Ian Karten Scholarship - to be confirmed

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. 

Parkes East European Scholarship - to be confirmed

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 may not be available every year.) 

ORT Marks Graduate Outreach Fellowships

Two fellowships of £5000 are being offered for September 2017 to Masters- or PhD- level students applying for Jewish history and culture at the University of Southampton. Fellows will devote 1 day per week to outreach and research work on the ORT Music and the Holocaust website, a leading and widely-used educational resource that was featured at the United Nations in 2014. For further details contact: Dr Shirli Gilbert,, or see the full advertisement on the University web pages. Deadline for applications for 2017 entry - Thursday 2nd May 2017.

Humanities Alumni:

There is a 10% discount for UoS Humanities Alumni which you can apply for during enrolment and will be applied to your fees account in the form of a studentship as you start.  Please be aware that if you are awarded any funding the Alumni discount will only be applied to the remaining personal element of your fees, after the deduction of the studentship.

Alumni Information


Funding for international students

As an international (non-EU) student, you may be eligible for funding from the University, our partners, or organisations within your home country.

Explore funding opportunities for international students.


External funding sources:

Each of these external schemes has its own application process which is separate from the Humanities funding round.

Postgraduate Loans for Humanities Masters Students

Loans of up to £10,000 are available for students applying to Humanities Masters programmes, subject to eligibility and conditions.  For more information please see:

British Society of Aesthetics PhD Student Award (Philosophy)

The studentship is designed to support a promising philosopher in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, who does not have other means of support, by enabling him or her to pursue full time doctoral research.

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.

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.

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.

Other sources of funding information:

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. Log on to the Directgov website 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 postgraduate team by:
Phone: +44 (0) 23 8059 8062

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