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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


Kristin Bruhn Endowed Memorial Fund Scholarship

The Kristin Bruhn Endowed Memorial Scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Kristin Bruhn, who was awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy posthumously in the Department of Oceanography, by a gift from her family. The awards of up to £600 each are offered annually to marine biology students registered for a MPhil or PhD in Ocean and Earth Science. Applications for consideration should be made in the Spring Term to the Head of Ocean and Earth Science. Successful applicants submit a short report on the benefits that have accrued from the Award.

Peter Killworth Memorial Scholarship

The Peter Killworth Memorial Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Peter Killworth, who was a distinguished Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of Southampton, by gifts from his friends and colleagues. The awards are offered annually to students registered for a MPhil or PhD in Physical Oceanography. The awards, of at least £500 each, are to be used for international travel or attendance at conferences or summer schools abroad that would augment the student's studies. Each award winner will be required to submit a brief written report.

Caroline Cliff Awards

These awards were founded in 1993 in memory of Caroline Cliff, who graduated in Geophysical Sciences in 1990, by donations from her family and from GeoScience Ltd. They are offered annually to female students registered for the degree of Bachelor or Master of Science in Geophysical Sciences, Geology or Oceanography. The awards, of at least £250 each, are made on the recommendation of the Head of Ocean and Earth Science. Students put forward proposals for travel abroad that would most valuably augment their studies. Successful applicants submit a short report on the benefits which have accrued from the award.

Masanori Sakuyama Prize

This prize is awarded on a bi-annual basis to postgraduate or former postgraduate geology students (up to seven years after initial registration) to recognise excellence in published work.

The Richard Newitt Bursary Scheme

There will be one award of £5000, for an MRes student doing a project closely aligned to the goals of the institute for Life Sciences.

Ocean and Earth Science prizes

Best MSc Student

This prize is awarded to the graduating student with the highest aggregate mark on an MSc programme.

MRes Commendation

This prize is awarded to students who gain 70 per cent or more in the taught and the research components of the MRes in Marine Geology and Geophysics and the MRes in Ocean Science.


Southampton International Merit Scholarships

The University of Southampton is pleased to be able to offer Merit Scholarships to International (non-EU) students entering Masters level degree programmes for 2019 entry.

The Southampton International Merit Scholarship is available to International (non-EU) postgraduate applicants from selected countries. The scholarships for Ocean and Earth Science programme award £3,000 for applicants with a 1st or equivalent attained in their first degree.

These Scholarships will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction. A maximum of £3,000 will be awarded in year 1 only.

More information on eligible countries can be found on the Scholarships and funding by country page

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.


GSNOCS International Student Scholarships

The Graduate School at NOCS offers a number of scholarships for highly qualified international research students, subject to certain conditions. Each scholarship provides the difference between overseas and UK/EU fees for each year of PhD study. The deadline each year is in March, for a September start. More details are linked from the International Fees page. 

The University itself can offer a limited number of international student scholarships to highly qualified non UK/EU PhD applicants to cover the cost of overseas student fees.

For students in Commonwealth countries there is the possibility of Association of Commonwealth Universities scholarships.

A useful source of information in most countries is the British Council.

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

NERC is a major supporter of postgraduate research in the UK. You can find details of its various studentship schemes here. Fees-only funding is also available to EU citizens and others who can meet residential and other eligibility criteria. NERC also maintains a list of other potential funding agencies.

The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)

The SUT can sponsor financial aid to students taking a one-year MSc taught course of study related to offshore engineering, marine science or underwater technology. MRes students who are not ESRC-funded may also apply. You can find out more here.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology

IMarEST offers scholarships, awards and prizes to students of marine biology and oceanography. You can find out more here.

The Geological Society of London

The Geological Society oversees a number of awards to researchers in related fields. You can find out more here.

British Geological Survey

The BGS offer PhD funding for collaborative research through the BGS University Funding Initiative (BUFI). Small grants may also be available to masters students. You can find out more here.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities

The ACU adminsiters a range of scholarships for both masters and doctoral students from Commonwealth countries and the US. You can find more details here.

MSc Marine Environment and Resources

Details of any additional sources of funding available to marine environment and resources students are on the EHU website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

Commonwealth applicants may apply for scholarship support from the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme. For more information about the scholarship, please email or visit Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website.

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