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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 - 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 £10,280 per student.

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

Find out more about postgraduate loansMore postgraduate funding options


Fees vary according to the type of programme you choose (e.g. research or taught; classroom-laboratory- or workshop-based; clinical) and whether you are a student from the UK or overseas.

Postgraduate Taught Fees

The full and part time tuition fees quoted are the fees you pay for each year of study. Full time PGT courses are usually charged for 1 year and part time courses are usually charged for 2 years making the cost of the course the same as the full time version. Any exceptions will be clearly shown on the course page.

If you repeat a period of study you will be charged additional tuition fees

Postgraduate Research Fees

The tuition fees quoted are the fees you pay for the academic year shown. PGR fees increase each year for all students (except students on the International fee rate - these are fixed). The tuition fee increase will be published on the UoS website once they are announced by UK Research and Innovation in the Spring. Tuition fees are charged for every year of study.

View the full list of postgraduate taught fees

View the full list of postgraduate research fees

For more information about postgraduate fees, including your fees status and how to pay, please visit our postgraduate fees pages.

Discount on postgraduate courses
We offer a 10 per cent discount on postgraduate courses for University of Southampton final-year students and alumni. Find out more here.


The Caroline Thomas Memorial Fund Scholarship

The Caroline Thomas Memorial Fund has been established to further research into human security in developing countries by supporting females of outstanding merit and research potential from the African continent who would otherwise not have the opportunity or financial resources to undertake such work. The fund, which will be run as a charitable trust administered by the University of Southampton, will provide a scholarship to qualified students for a three year doctoral programme in Economic, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Southampton with its focus on any aspect of human security in a developing country context.

The fund will open again for applications in the 2016/17 academic year.

For more information visit The Caroline Thomas Memorial Fund Scholarship page

South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) Scholarships

Through an exciting 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. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the South Coast DTP will be awarding a minimum of 38 studentships per year to social scientists carrying out PhD studies, or Masters + PhD studies at its three partner institutions.

More information on funding available through the South Coast DTP and for application window dates please visit the South Coast DTP website.

Students within PAIR may also apply to other DTCs where relevant. For instance, those whose work has a strong philosophical (political theory) or historical element might apply to the AHRC South, West and Wales consortium.


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