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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. 

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


Postgraduate International Merit Scholarships

Southampton International Merit Scholarships awarding up to £3,000 are available to talented international students for our masters programmes.

Scholarships for MSc courses

Scholarships covering part of the course fees may be available to UK applicants on the following courses:

Visit our list of MSc courses for Mathematics.

Every eligible applicant who applies before 30 April 2019 will automatically be considered and conditional offers for scholarships will be decided by 31 May 2019. Applicants require a first class honours degree (or equivalent) and candidates needing an English Language qualification require 7.5 IELTS, with 7.0 minimum for all scores. 

For the full Scholarship Policy please download the PDF using the link below.

Boeing Defense UK Scholarship

One scholarship of £1,500 is available to Operational Research students. Every eligible applicant who applies before 30 April 2019 will automatically be considered and conditional offers for scholarships will be decided by 31 May 2019.


Funding for Postgraduate Research Students

Funding is available for PhD degrees from a variety of sources, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technologies Facilities Council STFC studentships, EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training, School funds, research grants, CASE awards or overseas scholarship schemes. The School of Mathematical Sciences also administers dedicated EPSRC doctoral training partnership funding for research projects in mathematical sciences.

The amount of funding available varies from year to year and applications are accepted throughout the year. Specific projects are advertised at the University jobs webpages. Prospective students are also encouraged to approach academic staff about possible projects within their research areas. The type of funding available depends on the eligibility of candidate. In particular, only 30-50% of scholarships from the UK research councils can be used for international students. 

Application for funding
The decision on whether to award funds to a candidate is independent of, and separate from, the decision on whether to offer a place on an PhD degree. Each year the number of places we offer exceeds the number of funded places. If a candidate has been offered a place they may be forwarded for consideration for funding.

Candidates must indicate on their application form their potential source of funds. They should indicate whether they wish to be considered for funding sources administered by the School, such as EPSRC DTP funding, STFC DTP funding and School scholarships.  If they are eligible (see linked pages for criteria) they should indicate whether they wish to be considered for funding. Candidates who are unsure about potential sources of funding should discuss this with their potential supervisor before an application for a place is made.

Funding is awarded competitively by the School of Mathematical Sciences. Funding offers will be made throughout the year, as soon as they are known.

Criteria by which funding decisions are made

  • Possession of the offer of a place for MPhil/PhD study in at the University of Southampton.
  • Possession, or expectation, of a first class or upper second classification (or equivalent attainment) at honours degree level.
  • The relative strength of the academic background of the candidate in comparison with other candidates.
  • The potential research area of the MPhil/PhD award, and how it aligns with the current or future research direction of the School.
  • Where a degree classification of a candidate is yet to be established, an offer of funding may be made on condition that the candidate achieves the prescribed degree classification.

Funding decisions for students offered places in Centres for Doctoral Training in which the School is participating will be handled directly by the relevant Centre.

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