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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.

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


Commonwealth Scholarship

For those studying MA Fashion Management in 2022, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Scholarship. For more details on what this scholarship includes and who can apply, see the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships.

GREAT Scholarship - India

For those studying MA Fashion Marketing and Branding in 2022, you may be eligible for a GREAT Scholarship. For more details and how to apply, visit our GREAT Scholarships webpage.

Postgraduate Taught Excellence in English Scholarships

This scholarship is available to applicants from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau only. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically by the Admissions team if you meet the criteria. 

The £3,000 scholarship is offered to applicants who have been offered a place on one of the the School's master’s programmes starting September 2022. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria via any of the University’s accepted English language tests: 

Programme IELTS

Min criteria

English Scholarship

Award criteria

6.0 average and minimum 5.5 in all four sections 6.5 average and minimum 6.0 in all four sections
6.5 average and minimum 6.0 in all four sections 7.0 average and minimum 6.5 in all four sections
7.0 average and minimum 6.5 in all four sections 7.5 average and minimum 7.0 in all four sections

All IELTS or other accepted English proficiency qualifications need to be sent to us by Sunday 4 September 2022 to be considered for this award.

International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

  1. The International Postgraduate Taught Scholarships are available to applicants from all international countries, with the exception of mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
  2. The scholarship will be in the form of a tuition fee reduction and will be processed automatically if students meet the criteria
  3. The scholarships of £3,000 are offered to applicants who have been offered a place on one of FAH PGT programmes and have achieved either a 1st classification (or equivalent) in their Bachelor’s degrees respectively


Progression Scholarship

We are pleased to offer a Scholarship to Winchester School of Art graduates progressing directly from a Bachelors degree to a Masters degree at the School in 2020. Students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree will receive £3,000; those who achieve a 2.1 will receive £2,500; and those who achieve a 2.2 will receive £1,500.

If you are successful in gaining a place on a Masters programme, this Scholarship will mean an automatic reduction in your tuition fees. When we send your offer letter to you, we will also write to you to let you know you are eligible for one of these Scholarships. Providing you accept our offer of a place and meet all the conditions of your offer, we will confirm your Scholarship and the amount you are to be awarded before the start of the academic year in September 2020.

UK/EU Postgraduate Taught Scholarship

Application Required - Deadline 31st July 2020

These competitive Scholarships are available to all UK/EU students who have been offered a place on one of the School’s Masters programmes.

Students who achieve a 2:1 classification or above in their Bachelor’s degree (Or equivalent) are eligible to apply for one of the 10 Scholarships to the value of £5,000* each.

*The Scholarship consists of a £2,000 tuition fee reduction at enrolment and £3,000 living expense allowance paid across 4 quarters on 1st October, 1st February, 1st April and 1st July (or the next working day if the date falls on a weekend, University closure day or Bank Holiday).

These Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be awarded by the Director of Postgraduate Studies, based on the following criteria:

  • You must be a UK/EU national
  • You must have applied and been offered a place on one of the School’s Masters programmes
  • You must hold a Bachelors degree with a 1st or high 2.1 classification (or equivalent)
  • You must have submitted an application form to us by 31st July 2020 and attached in the application a 500 word personal statement containing:
    • Evidence of academic or career progression and any professional achievement
    • How your chosen programme will enhance your career prospects.

Students awarded a UK/EU Postgraduate Taught Scholarship will be notified within 3 weeks of the deadline date.


Winchester School of Art also offers the following postgraduate research scholarships to students who will be joining our programmes in September 2022.

University of Southampton Presidential Scholarships

The President’s PhD Scholarships offer outstanding research students from around the world the opportunity to undertake doctoral study in their chosen field under the guidance of a distinguished research supervisor at Southampton. Successful presidential scholars will receive the following academic scholarship for up to 3.5 years (pro rata for part time students):

  • Full funding for tuition fees (For UK, EU and International students)
  • A stipend of £15609 per annum for living costs (reviewed annually and aligned with the UKRI base rate)
  • A research training and support grant of £1000

This University scheme is open to all new PhD students - from the UK or any country worldwide. Visit the Doctoral College for more information.

Application: No formal application for the scholarship is required from the candidate. Faculties will make applications for Scholarships on behalf of suitably qualified candidates, to the Doctoral College for consideration by 25 February 2022.
Successful candidates will be notified by 18 March 2022.
The recipients of the scholarships must commence their doctoral studies by research between 1 August and 1 December 2022.

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) - South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

The South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP) is offering 47 studentships funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and institutional partners for entry in September 2022.

What is unique about the SWW DTP?

  • Fully paid tuition fees at UK home fee rates
  • Maintenance stipend for at least 3 years and 8 months
  • Co-supervision to double the expert support you receive directly as you undertake your research
  • Access to the institutional resources across our entire consortium, including libraries, research training programmes, and career development opportunities
  • Embedded research & employability placements during your PhD programme to enhance your research and/or employability skills

The consortium of ten supervising institutions includes:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales
  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Exeter
  • University or Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of the West of England, Bristol

At Southampton, the studentships cover  a broad range of subject areas including Art, Design, Archaeology, English (including Creative Writing), Film, History (including Jewish History and Culture), Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy.

Two funding schemes are offered: Student-Led Project Awards, in which you propose your own research project, and Collaborative Doctoral Awards, for which you help shape a project proposed by experienced academics working with external partner organisations. Please the website for details about both schemes.

SWW DTP aim to award at least 5 studentships to applicants from BAME backgrounds, and to make an additional 3 awards to disabled applicants.

The award covers: 

  • Tuition fees paid at the level of a UK home student
  • Full maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,609 in 2021/22 for full-time) for three years eight months, subject to satisfactory progress. This applies to all students, whether home or international.
  • A comprehensive training programme specific to SWW DTP2 students that is in addition to training opportunities provided by the home institution.
  • Funding to support additional skills-acquisition and placements with non-HEIs that will enhance the student’s research and experience to enhance employability.

Application: Applications open on Monday 30 November 2021, apply through the SWWDTP websiteDeadline for submission Monday 24 January 2022.

The award covers: Fees and a maintenance stipend at the UKRI rate (£15,285 in 2020/21 for full-time) for three years, subject to satisfactory progres.

The Wolfson Foundation - Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship

The Wolfson Foundation seeks to support excellence. Drawing on its history of support for higher education and interest in the humanities, the Foundation has since 2011 supported a programme funding postgraduate scholarships in the humanities committing more than £20 million over this period. The initiative reflects the Foundation’s concerns about funding for the humanities and the impact of increased undergraduate student debt on postgraduate studies. The programme aims not only to support outstanding students, but also to make a statement about the value of the humanities to society. The Foundation is continuing its programme of postgraduate scholarships in the humanities for students commencing their studies in the 2022/23 academic year.

The University of Southampton is one of only nine Universities in the UK selected to award these scholarships based on our   Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 Grade Point Average in the five most relevant Units of Assessment.

Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships are available in three disciplines that align closely with the Foundation's interests: History, Literature and Languages. Students should have an outstanding academic record, usually a first class honours degree at undergraduate level and a Master's degree from a recognised university in a cognate field of study to their proposed doctoral research. The intention is that Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact on their chosen field and to forge long academic careers. As such, funding will be awarded solely on academic merit. Ideally the successful students would aspire to an academic career.

The three areas that the programme covers are broadly defined, and it is recognised that many research subjects will cover more than one area. Some guidance is provided below.

History – As well as broad-based historical and historiographical studies, this may include such areas as classics, history of art, or architectural history, provided the research is grounded within historical methodology.

Literature – As well as literary and textual studies, this may include research that involves critical theory, theatre, film and other visual media, provided there is a literary element within the research (e.g. translation of literature to screen). This does not include creative writing.

Languages – Research should be in applied languages other than English, rather than linguistics, It may involve the study of literary or historical texts, theatre or film (where these are not in English). Students receiving scholarships under this stream may be based within non-language departments (for example, history or anthropology departments).

The award covers: PhD fees for 3 years as well as a high level maintenance grant to cover research and training costs (including attendance of events organised by the Wolfson Foundation.) For 2022/23 starters this is £30,250 per year for 3 years. Fees to be deducted from this amount and the remainder to be paid as maintenance directly to the student quarterly.

Application: Submit the Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship application form

Leverhulme Trust Intelligent Oceans Scholarships

Eligibility: The Leverhulme Trust seeks exceptional researchers with a passion for interdisciplinary, ocean-based research, a strong academic record, team ethos and clear motivation for completing a PhD. Funding is predominantly targeted towards UK scholars but strong EU and OS candidates are also encouraged to apply. Previous recipients of these scholarships in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities have been based in Archaeology, English, Art and Design.

For more information and information on how to apply please visit the Intelligent Oceans Scholarship page.

China Scholarship Council Scholarships

Each year the China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers scholarships to Chinese students who wish to study a degree programme outside China. The University of Southampton is recognised by the China Scholarship Council as a partner institute. The scholarship can be for PhD study across a variety of subject areas.

For further information on what is covered and eligibility please visit the China Scholship Council page.

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Raising Funds from trusts and foundations

This is an extremely time consuming exercise so you should start your research immediately and be ready to submit applications as soon as you have been offered a firm place. The best research material available is in the following publications:

- The Directory of Grant Making Trusts published annually by the Charities Aid Foundation.

- A Guide to Major Trusts & The Educational Grants Directory both published by the Directory of Social Change

There are also regional variations of these directories. Copies of these publications should be available in your local library - make sure that you refer to the most up to date version of these directories.

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