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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


The Maureen Taylor Bursary

The Maureen Taylor Bursary offers £2500 to support students applying for our MA Creative Writing programme. Preference will be given to supporting women and individuals who do not have access to alternative funding opportunities.

Please email Carole Burns and indicate on your MA application if you would like to be considered for the bursary. We will inform the successful candidate in May.


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.



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.



The Wolfson Foundation - Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship

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: Submit the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship application form. Deadline for submission Friday 24 January 2020.


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

The South, West and Wales Consortium of universities, led by the University of Bristol, has been awarded a further round of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to continue to provide postgraduate studentships and training that will develop scholars, researchers and professionals who are flexible and able to respond to both fast-moving research and industry environments. SWW2 builds upon the key strengths of, and collaborations established by its predecessor, SWW1.

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.

The programme will offer 200 awards across five student cohorts with a proportion of the awards offered being Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs). The first student intake was in 2019/2020.

The award covers: UKEU fees at PhD level, and provides a living stipend around £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rates) for three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

Application: Applications open on Monday 2nd December 2019, apply through the SWWDTP website. Deadline for submission Monday 27 January 2020.


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

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 £15,009 per annum (2019/20 rates) 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: Apply through the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership website. Deadline for submission Thursday 23 January 2020.


University of Southampton Presidential Scholars Scheme (PGR Scholarship Fund)

For candidates able to demonstrate outstanding academic performance and who are commencing their doctoral studies by research at the University of Southampton, the Doctoral College will be offering a limited number of prestigious Presidential Scholarships. This University scheme is open to all new PhD students - from the UK or any country worldwide. Click the link above for full details.

For futher details about how to apply for a place on our PhD programmes please see our PhD application guide.



Richard Newitt Bursary

The Richard Newitt Trust bursary will be available for September 2019 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 two bursaries 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 £4,000 bursary for a full-time UK postgraduate Masters student (50% of rate for part-time students).

Application: Submit the Masters funding application formDeadline for submission Thursday 18 April 2019.


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

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form.  Deadline for submission Thursday 18 April 2019.


The Barr Musicology Bursary

The Music department are pleased to offer two £1,000 bursaries to assist postgraduate students studying a Masters course in Musicology beginning in 201920 academic year. The bursaries will be available for any student who has been offered a place on the MMus in Musicology, regardless of nationality and fee status (UK/EU/OS). The award can be combined with other scholarship or bursary funding available in the Music department, at the discretion of the selection committee. 

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

Application: Submit the Masters funding application form. Deadline for submission, Thursday 18th April 2019.


Ian Karten Scholarship

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: Submit the Masters funding application formDeadline for submission Thursday 18th April 2019.


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 covers: contribution towards fees and maintenance.

Application: Information on how to apply will be posted when available.


For futher details about how to apply for a place on our Masters programmes please see our Masters application guide

Information about funding for postgraduate programmes in Winchester School of Art is available here.


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

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

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