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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 - check the ‘More postgraduate funding options’ link and the 'Funding' tab further down this page for more information.

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 taught and research masters programmes.

These loans are worth up to £11,222 per student.

Find out whether you are eligible and more on our postgraduate funding pages.

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


You can find information about tuition fees on the University’s postgraduate fees and funding page.


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 in Statistics with Applications in Medicine

Three scholarships for the MSc in Statistics with Applications in Medicine are available, funded by the National Institute of Health Research. Each scholarship provides full fees and a generous stipend. All eligible (UK/EU) applicants to this programme received before 1 March 2019 will be automatically considered for these scholarships.

Scholarships for Operational Research and Data and Decision Analytics

Three scholarships covering half of course fees are available to UK/EU applicants on the following courses:

  • MSc Operational Research
  • MSc Operational Research and Finance
  • MSc Operational Research and Statistics
  • MSc Data and Decision Analytics

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.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships)

The Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Presidential Scholarships) fund runs annually and is administered by the Doctoral College.

The scholarships will cover full fees, a stipend and a research training and support grant for up to 3.5 years (or 84 months pro rata for part time students).

The scheme is open to all nationalities and subject areas. You can find out more information about the scholarship on our Doctoral College site.

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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 MPhil/PhD degrees from a variety of sources, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Account (DTA), STFC studentships, EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training, School funds, research grants, CASE awards or overseas scholarship schemes. The amount of funding available varies from year to year and applications are accepted throughout the year.

The type of funding available depends on the eligibility of candidate.

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 MPhil/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. If they are eligible (see linked pages for criteria) they should indicate whether they wish to be considered for funding.

Candidates who have already secured some amount of funding (by own resources, by sponsorship from a company or a trust, etc.) are eligible to apply for a Vice-Chancellor scholarship and should discuss this with the relevant postgraduate group research coordinator (PGRC). To be eligible for such a scholarship, external funding of at least £4,000 per year must be secured.

Candidates who are unsure about potential sources of funding should discuss this with the relevant postgraduate group research coordinator (PGRC) or their potential supervisor before an application for a place is made.

Funding is awarded by competition. Funding decisions will be made and announced 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 the Centres for Doctoral Training that Mathematics is participating in may be handled by the relevant centre.

PhD CORMISIS VC Scholarship

School of Mathematics

This PhD project is at the intersection of Operational Research and healthcare, and seeks to investigate the operational and clinical implications of providing critical care services to a wider range of surgical patients who are at high risk of complication and death. Two recent studies in the UK show that there exists a high risk surgical population that accounts for only 12% of surgical procedures but for more than two thirds (about 12,000 in 2005) of postoperative deaths. Despite begin readily identified, however, only a small proportion of this population is admitted to a critical care unit at any stage after surgery. Those who do receive critical care are often discharged after a short stay and subsequently linger for many more days in standard wards. The mortality rates were also found to be particularly high for those admitted following an initial period of care in a standard ward, as well as those re-admitted following a premature discharge from critical care. Non-availability of critical care beds as well as doubts over the potential benefits of critical care services for some patients are cited as the major reasons for low admission rates of the high risk group to critical care. Taking an operational research modelling approach, this project would investigate whether a wider admission of the high risk population could improve the mortality rates, and if yes what resource implications it would have.

The model will be a mixed patient-disease and service-delivery model, where the former models the progress of the high risk population through various levels of care requirement, and the latter simulates the usage of resources, e.g. beds and staff, for delivering critical care services. It would enable us to investigate the relation between the proportion of high-risk surgical patients admitted to critical care, the associated mortality rates, and the operational performance of the critical care unit.

The project will run in collaboration with the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) unit at Bristol Royal Infirmary. As a result, the student will spend some time in the hospital observing the processes, collecting data, liaising with staff, and eventually communicating the results. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr. Navid Izady and Prof. Chris Potts.

Applicants should have completed, or expect to complete, a Masters degree in Operational Research, Mathematics, Statistics, or a related area with at least an upper second class classification.

Funding notes

Both UK/EU tuition fees and a competitive stipend will be paid.

Application enquiries

Contact Dr. Navid Izady on for enquiries.

Please also email to indicate that you are applying for this studentship. Maths application link:

Subject areas Operational Research, Management Science, Healthcare

International students (non UK/EU)

Support for overseas students may be available under one of the various technical aid schemes, under which students are nominated by their employers. The local office of the British Council is usually able to provide advice about relevant schemes.

Students from Third World Commonwealth countries may be eligible for support from the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation. Again the British Council will be able to advise you; and the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in your own country may also be able to help.

Please note that the UK government has discontinued the ORSAS scheme with effect from entry in October 2009.

Funding Links:

EPSRC postgraduate site, with details of DTA awards

British Council guide to study in the UK

University of Southampton International Office

List of external scholarships, some of which may be relevant to Mathematics

Details of PG fees and advice

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