The University of Southampton

PhD Key Facts and Entry Requirements

The Faculty Recruitment & Admissions Office receives about 1000 enquiries regarding PhD admissions every year. We keep in contact with you throughout the admissions process, which normally takes about three months after you have applied. We aim to ensure you have all the information you need before you arrive to make your first few weeks easier for you.


Intake: 70 per year
Start date: Typically October, but throughout the year
Study mode and duration: A PhD typically lasts three years (full-time)
Entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)
Language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each competency)
Assessment: Thesis and viva voce examination
Application procedure: University application form with references
Application deadline: Applications are welcomed at any time, however application is advised by 1 May (especially if you wish to be considered for School Funding)

PhD Studentships

Details of current PhD studentships are advertised on the University’s job opportunities web page.

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