The University of Southampton

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 

Take an optional pre-entrance exam and you could be eligible for £5,000 per year of your studies.

Physics and Astronomy offers a scholarship scheme accessible via a competitive scholarship exam taken at our pre-Christmas Visit Days. The top five candidates in this exam will be offered a scholarship. This consists of £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 the scholarship exam you will need to make a UCAS application for 2020 entry before Friday 22 November 2019. At this point, we will contact you to invite you to attend a Visit Day, where you will be able to take the exam.

The scholarship scheme is open to international applicants. However, in general it is necessary for the applicant to attend one of Visit Days in person in Southampton. This year we may be offering an opportunity to take the exam in a very limited number of other countries. Please contact us to discuss this possibility.

Successful applicants will receive an unconditional offer on their chosen Physics and Astronomy course.

Here is a sample paper and solutions.


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

Contact us for more information

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.

Explore funding opportunities for international students

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.

Scholarship downloads

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