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Postgraduate taught applications

Once you’ve found a postgraduate taught programme, you can apply using our online application system.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for postgraduate taught study at the University of Southampton, including our online application form, funding options and entry requirements.

1. Find your course

Select the postgraduate taught course via our course finder pages to find the course that is right for you.

If you are still making up your mind about coming to study at the University of Southampton, join us on one of our postgraduate days and visits.

2. Check entry requirements

Check entry requirements on the course page for your chosen course.

There is a lot of competition for places on our courses. Even if you meet the criteria for the course, we may not be able to make you an offer.

International students

We welcome international students. EU and international candidates please see our country-specific information to make sure that your academic and English language qualifications meet the entry requirements page for your chosen course.

The University recognises a wide range of English language tests and other qualifications. The University's Language Centre offers a range of English language courses to help you improve your English language skills and to reach the University's English language entry requirements.

Supporting documents

You will need to submit documents to support your application. Please check the entry requirements for the programme you are applying to and have supporting documents ready to upload to the online application portal. Your application may be delayed if you are unable to provide all the required documents.

These will vary depending on your course, but typically include:

  • your degree transcript (and translated version if necessary)

    If you haven't finished your degree yet, you can still make an application now. You can submit an interim (partial) transcript for your degree progress and achievement to date, and upload your full degree transcript and certificate when you have them. We accept scanned copies of the official transcript issued by your current or former university. If the transcript is not in English, you must provide both the official original language version and an official certification that is signed and stamped by your institution or an official translator.
  • English language qualification (if applicable)

Additional documents

Depending on the course you apply for, you may be asked to provide additional information, such as:

  • a reference

    We may ask you to provide an academic or professional reference - on some courses we may require 2 references. You will be able to upload your reference letters to the Reference section in the application portal, or enter your referee's email address and we will email them to submit the reference online.
  • a personal statement

    In general, a personal statement offers you the chance to explain why you want to study your chosen course, your academic and relevant work experience, and how a master's will help you with your future career aspirations. Not all courses require a personal statement, and some require specific information, so check entry requirements on the individual course page before you start writing.
  • a CV/resumé
  • a portfolio

If you are unable to provide additional documents at the point of application, you will be able to upload these to the application portal after you have submitted your application.

3. Check application deadline

Before you apply, check the application deadline on the page for your course. We advise you to apply early as we may close earlier in the year to applications from some countries. We do this because we want to ensure that we:

  • have a balanced student community
  • take into account that students from different countries apply at different times of the year

Make sure you leave enough time for any additional requirements such as applying for visas and funding.

4. Apply online

Click on the 'Apply for this course' button on the individual course page or click here to go to our online application portal.

You'll be able to save and review your application before submitting it.

Before you can submit your application to us, you will be required to pay a non-refundable application assessment fee of £50. Some applicants are exempt from paying the application assessment fee - check our terms and conditions for exemptions.

View application assessment fee terms and conditions

Calculating your fee status

We recommend that you visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for guidance on 'home' fee eligibility for applicants to Higher Education in England.

To assist us in determining the level of tuition fees that you will be charged for your course, we ask you to select a statement. The statement you select will be considered along with other relevant details provided in your application when calculating your fee status, in accordance with the relevant regulations.

We will ask you to select the statement which best represents your circumstances from the following options:

  • I am an International Student - I should be classified at the International (overseas) rate for tuition fee purposes.
  • I am a UK national, or an Irish national, or I am the relevant family member of either a UK national or a person who is 'settled' in the UK.
  • I have Pre-Settled or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or I am awaiting the outcome of my application to the EU Settlement Scheme.
  • I have indefinite leave to Enter/Remain in the UK (not granted under the EU Settlement Scheme), the Right of Abode in the UK, or I am a non-UK national serving in the British armed forces.
  • I am the child of a Turkish worker. My Turkish national parent was lawfully employed in the UK at some point before 10:59pm on 31 December 2020, and we were both living in the UK immediateLy before this time and date. We will both be living in the UK at the start of the course.
  • I am a refugee or the relevant family member of a Refugee recognised by the UK Government, or I have been granted leave under the Afghan or Ukraine schemes. I will be living in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course and have been living in the UK since being granted one of the following types of leave:[1]
    • Refugee recognised by the UK Government (or leave as a spouse/civil partner/child of a refugee recognised by the UK government)
    • Leave under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Scheme
    • Leave under a Ukraine Scheme​​​

      [1] If you have made an application for asylum in the UK and are awaiting the outcome of that application, please do not select this option. Please select the first statement: 'I am an International Student', if no other statements apply to you.
  • None of the statements above apply to me, but I meet the full criteria of at least one of the categories for home fee eligibility, as detailed in the relevant UKCISA fee regulations.
5. Submit your application

Check each section in your application carefully to make sure you have answered all the questions and uploaded all the supporting documents required, then submit your application.

We will send you an email to confirm your application has been successfully submitted. if we need any further information, we will contact you. Once we have made a decision on your application, we will send you an official letter.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be able to view your application but you will not be able to make any changes.

6. Apply for scholarships and funding

You may be able to apply for a scholarship or funding to support your studies.

You should check deadlines for scholarship and funding applications carefully, as each will have specific application instructions.

Find out more about funding for postgraduate students

After you apply

Find out what happens after you apply, including tracking your application, and receiving and accepting an offer.

7. Track your application

We receive a lot of applications for some of our courses. Our admissions process for these courses is to look at batches of applications together and send out offers on a continuous basis. This means you might not hear from us straight away. Check the 'How to apply' section of the course page to see if this applies to your course.

Use your account login details to track the progress of your application in the application portal.

In your Applicant Home you can:

  • check the status of your application
  • upload any additional documents, such as English language test results
  • view your offer details
  • contact us about your application

Because of the volume of applications, we might not be able to give you specific feedback on your application if it's not successful.

8. Receive and accept your offer

If you receive an offer from us, it is stated as either conditional or unconditional. You must respond to your offer by the date stated in your offer letter. This deadline refers to your acceptance of the offer, not the fulfilment of conditions.

You can respond to your offer in your applicant portal. If you fail to respond by this deadline, your offer may be declined on your behalf.

Conditional offer

Your offer could be conditional for a number of reasons, such as:

  • you are still awaiting results
  • we need to verify your qualifications
  • you have to meet other non-academic entry requirements such as an Occupational Health check

The offer letter will clearly state any academic or non-academic requirements that you need to meet. We will ask you to send us evidence confirming that you have satisfied the conditions specified in your offer letter.

Once you have met all of the conditions of your offer, we will send you an unconditional offer letter via the application portal.

Unconditional offer

Your offer will be unconditional if you have already met all the academic and non-academic requirements for entry.

You will not be required to meet any further conditions, but you will still need to accept your offer via the applicant portal.

If you are an international student, you can apply for your visa when you receive an unconditional offer. You will be sent a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number and CAS statement no earlier than 6 months before the start of your programme.

9. Pay a deposit if required

If you're an international student we'll ask you to pay £2,000 of your tuition fees in advance, as a deposit. The deposit scheme applies to most of our full-time postgraduate courses. Check the 'Fees, Costs and Funding' tab on your course to see if it applies.

Your offer letter will teLl you when the deposit needs to be paid and provide full terms and conditions.

Find out how to pay your deposit.

10. Explore more

While you're waiting for us to assess your application, follow us on social media and watch out for our emails to make sure you get all the relevant information before you study here.

Visit our website and find out more about our vibrant and supportive student life, as well as our campuses, accommodation options, sports and gyms.

We look forward to welcoming you to our postgraduate community!

Help and information

Some programmes of study are not available via the online application form, or may have a late start date. If you can't find the course you are looking for on the online application, or have any questions about applying, please contact our admissions team for guidance.

You can also read our admissions policies in more detail.

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