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Here you can find out about our fees, plus 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 student finance calculator can help you budget for your first year. Our tuition fees and support section also offers further information.


Achievement Award 

Submit an essay before your interview and you could be eligible for £5,000 for each year of your studies – up to a total of £20,000. 

Physics and Astronomy has offered a scholarship scheme for more than 10 years, which is usually based on a Visit Day exam. Despite Covid-19, the scholarship is going ahead this year but with a slight twist. 

This year the awards will be made based on an essay (<500 words) on a physics topic of your choice. In order to enter you will have to register for a Visit Day before Christmas, choose to have an interview and submit your essay a week before the interview. In order to ensure you’ve written the essay yourself, you will be asked questions on the topic as part of your interview. If you are in the top ten candidates we may also ask you to a second online interview after Christmas. We expect that the top five essays will lead to offers of the Achievement Award, unless there are unforeseen circumstances.

The scholarship consists of an unconditional offer on your choice of course and £5,000 upon registration for the first year and £5,000 per year for subsequent years, subject to continuing first-class performance, up to a total value of £20,000. 

In order to take part in the scholarship essay competition you will need to make a UCAS application for 2021 entry before 15 January 2021, and then submit your essay before 31 January 2021. At this point, we will contact you to invite you to attend a Visit Day.

The essay will not be used in any other part of the admissions process and will not have any impact on your offer – so there’s nothing to lose!

The scholarship scheme is open to international applicants.

Further guidance will be provided in an email after you have made a Virtual Visit Day booking.


You must make the University of Southampton your firm choice to be eligible.

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Funding for international students

As an international (non-EU) student, you may be eligble for funding from the University, our partners, or organisations within your home country.

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Tuition fees

While you are studying here, you will need to pay annual tuition fees to us. You will also need to consider other expenses such as living costs, accommodation fees and study materials.

Full time fees

Key facts

Fees sponsorship

If you have a sponsor who will be paying all or part of your tuition fees, you need to complete a fees sponsorship form to notify the Student Fees Office.

For more information on student fees contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 9599

Fax: +44 (0) 23 8059 9595


Find out more about how and when to pay your tuition fees.

Loans and bursaries

For more information on student loans, grants and bursaries visit Southampton fees and funding pages


In addition to the funding provided by Physics and Astronomy and the University, our students also have the opportunity to be sponsored by companies during their degree programmes.

The Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme

Southampton is one of only six UK universities to accept students sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS).  The DTUS offers scholarships to students wishing to pursue a technical, engineeering or scientific career in one of the three armed services or the MOD civil service.  More than 140 students at the University are now sponsored by the DTUS.

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