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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Money matters

Find out about our fees, loans and other financial support that might be available to you.

When planning your finances, you will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials. Our fees and funding section offers further information. Details of additional costs specific to your course can be found on the relevant course page.

Tuition fees cover a series of compulsory course costs associated with studying an Ocean or Earth Science degree.


View our full list of course tuition fees

Paying your tuition fees

There are three ways you can pay your tuition fees:

  • If you are self-funding you can pay your tuition fees online
  • If you are eligible for a student loan you do not need to make the payment yourself
  • If a sponsor is paying all or part of your tuition fees you need to complete our fees sponsorship form.

Find out more about how to pay your tuition fees.

Questions about tuition fees

If you have a question about tuition fees or need more information, contact Student Fees:

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 9599

Fax: +44 (0) 23 8059 9595


What else should I know?

Your tuition fees will usually cover compulsory course costs, such as field trips and laboratory clothing. A contribution may be necessary towards certain elements, these additional costs can be found on the course page.

Student loans

You can apply for a student loan to help pay for tuition fees if you live in the UK or a European Union country. You may also be eligible for a loan for living costs.

You will not have to pay your fees upfront.

If you live in England*, you can get a loan to cover your tuition fees. You will only start repaying this once you are earning over £21,000 per year.

Learn more about student loans

* If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will receive financial support for university from the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government or the Northern Ireland Executive (as appropriate). If you live in the EU and meet certain eligibility criteria, you can get a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees.


The University offers a generous package of direct financial support to eligible students.

You may be eligible for a bursary in each year of your study to support your living costs.

Find out more about University bursaries and eligibility criteria

Funding for prospective or ongoing undergraduate students, subject to meeting certain criteria, may be available from the Society for Underwater Technology.

Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme

Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme is an initiative which aims to support the development of science and engineering skills in the UK. Individual bursary value: £2,500 per academic year

For more information follow this link: Sagentia STEM Bursary Scheme


The Brian Sedgwick Oversby Endowed Fund

The Brian Sedgwick Oversby Fund was established in 1999 by donations from friends of Brian Sedgwick Oversby, who was an undergraduate in the former Geology Department from 1962-1965. The fund is used to support undergraduate travel and to specifically encourage igneous/metamorphic mapping. An award of up to £700 is made for the best performance by a student in independent mapping training, who will be undertaking a final year independent geological mapping of igneous/metamorphic rocks. The recipient is required to provide a short report on the benefits that have accrued from the award.

Robin Saunders Endowed Memorial Fund

The Robin Saunders Endowed Memorial Fund was established following a bequest from the family of Robin Saunders, formerly Chief Technician of the Geology Department, now incorporated into Ocean and Earth Science. The bursaries make a contribution of £1,000 per annum towards maintenance of disadvantaged students studying geology. Funds are awarded on the recommendation of the Head of Ocean and Earth Science. 

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.

Reardon Smith Nautical Trust

The Reardon Smith Nautical Trust offers bursaries to residents of Wales studying oceanographic subjects. You can find out more here.

British Geological Survey

The BGS can make small grants to MSci students through their BUFI scheme. You can find out more at the BGS website.

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.


The Hodson-Najoan Prize

The Hodson-Najoan Prize was founded in 1982 by Emeritus Professor F Hodson and is awarded annually to the third-year undergraduate student who submits the best field map and mapping report for assessment for the degree of Master of Geology or Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology.

The D E Wisden Prize

The D E Wisden Prize was founded in 1984 by Miss D E Wisden and is awarded annually to the second-year undergraduate geology student who obtains the highest aggregate mark in the second-year examinations for the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours.

The John Raymont Memorial Fund

This fund was established in 1980 by donations from friends and colleagues of Professor J E G. Raymont, Professor of Zoology (1946-64) and of Biological Oceanography (1964-79). The Fund may be used to support prizes to oceanography students, an annual lecture and/or bursaries for student projects.

The Mineralogical Society Prize

The Society's departmental representatives in Ocean and Earth Science at Southampton nominate the second-year student with the highest ranking marks in Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, or an equivalent exam. The prize winners receive free Associate membership of the Society for two years.

The Palaeontological Society Prize

This prize is given annually to the student who obtains the highest mark in the second year palaeontology course, and consists of a two-year membership to the Palaeontological Association, which includes subscription to the journal Palaeontology and the Palaeontology Newsletter.

The Veritas Prize

This prize is awarded annually to students with the highest aggregate mark in the first and second year on an undergraduate geophysics programme.

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology

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

Dorset Coastal Forum and Solent Forum

Ocean and Earth Science at Southampton, in competition with other universities, is asked to nominate students who have undertaken final year projects in related areas for the above prizes.

The PESGB Undergraduate Sponsorship Offer

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) offers £100 prize annually to be awarded to one Geology undergraduate for completion of their independent mapping project. The prize is awarded to the best performing student, as judged by the programme chair, from the 2nd year Easter field course, currently in Spain. The award will be presented after marking of the Spanish field course work but in advance of Independent Mapping, where possible, to enable the student to utilize these funds efficiently. The successful student will also student one year’s free membership to the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB), which brings a number of benefits which can aid the student with their first steps into a geoscience career.

Best Graduating Student

Prizes are awarded to the graduating student with the highest aggregate mark in each of the undergraduate third and fourth year programmes in geology, geophysics, oceanography and marine biology.


Caroline Cliff Award

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 £100 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.


The Society for Underwater Technology

The SUT can sponsor gifted undergraduate students in the broad area of marine science and engineering. Scholarships may be awarded before you start the course, or for your second or subsequent years.  For more details, visit


Depending on your personal circumstances (eg your household income), you may be eligible for a Special Support Grant.

Additional help is also available if you have:

  • a disability or a specific learning difficulty
  • dependent children or adults.

Discover if you are eligible for a grant on the Government Student Finance website.

Find out more

If you live outside England, you will find relevant information on your local student finance website.

The Student Support Fund

This Fund provides discretionary financial support for those able to demonstrate genuine financial hardship. It can be used to help with living costs including childcare, disability, travel, accommodation, household expenses, books and course equipment. Full-time ‘home' undergraduate students and part-time students studying at least 50 per cent of a full-time course can apply. The fund cannot help students meet the cost of tuition fees.

Learn more about The Student Support Fund

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