The University of Southampton

Today being a student is a serious financial investment. Luckily there are ways to get support.

Here you can find out about our scholarships, prizes, 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.

Scholarships UK/EU 2017

For UK and EU students entering ECS in 2017 we are offering three new scholarships.

  • ECS Excellence Scholarship. Three scholarships to a value of £3,000 each will be awarded to our highest achieving applicants
  • Ada Lovelace Excellence Scholarship. Women applicants will be invited to submit an application for one of five available scholarships to a value of £3,000 each
  • Zepler Scholarship. A scholarship worth £1,000 which is exclusively available to applicants who have attended our ECS Taster Course and is awarded based on performance at A level (or equivalent) 

Please note, only one scholarship will be awarded to each successful candidate. Candidates may apply for multiple scholarships, but will be awarded the single most valuable scholarship for which they were successful.

Funding for international students

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

Explore funding opportunities for international students.

Sponsorship and prizes

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

ECS has a strong relationship with leading employers, providing its own ECS Careers Hub to inform students of summer placement and graduate opportunities, as well as holding its own annual Careers Fair exclusively for our students. This is attended by high-tech, blue chip, and international companies, keen to employ our students for the knowledge and skills they have developed during their courses.

UK Electronics Skills Foundation

Southampton is a member of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF). UKESF offers scholarships to ECS students in any year (except the final year) of a BEng or MEng degree that contains a substantial amount of electronics content. The University of Southampton has seen great success with this scholarship and has been awarded more UKESF scholarships than any other university since the scheme began.

Successful candidates are matched with sponsoring companies for scholarships that include:

  • annual bursaries
  • paid summer work placements
  • industrial mentoring
  • professional development training at UKESF Summer Workshops
  • opportunities to build relationships with potential employers

IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

The IET's Diamond Jubilee Scholarship scheme awards a range of scholarships of at least £1,000 per year, for up to three years to students about to commence an IET accredited degree programme in the UK. These include the following ECS BEng and MEng courses:

  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering with Artificial Intelligence
  • Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems
  • Electronic Engineering with Mobile and Secure Systems
  • Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology
  • Electronic Engineering with Optical Communications
  • Electronic Engineering with Power Systems
  • Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communications

Power Academy Scholarships

Students studying Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, or Electrical & Electronic Engineering are eligible for scholarship funding from the UK Power Academy. This provides:

  • bursaries of £2,200 each year
  • a contribution towards tuition fees
  • paid summer work placements
  • industry mentors

The Sonardyne Foundation

Students studying Electronic Engineering are eligible to apply for bursary funding from The Sonardyne Foundation. Successful applicants will receive grants from the Sonardyne Foundation to cover the cost of their tuition fees for the duration of their course.

Royal Television Society

Student on Computer Science (BEng/MEng), Computer Science with Image and Multimedia Systems (MEng), and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEng/MEng) programmes are eligible to apply for a Royal Television Society Technology Bursary. Visit the Royal Television Society for details.

University Bursaries

For 2014 and beyond, the University will continue its generous package of direct student support, with a wider choice of support options available to students.

You will be able to choose between a bursary, partial fee waiver or a combination of both. This choice will be available in each year of study for which you are eligible for support.

Are you eligible?

In 2014/2015, if you are:

  • paying £9,000 tuition fees
  • applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales or Northern Ireland) and
  • under the assessed household income threshold of £30,000,

you could be eligible for a means tested award of up to £3,000 from the University. If you are not applying for a means-tested student loan from Student Finance (England, Wales, or Northern Ireland), or if your course is paid for by the NHS, you will NOT be eligible for this award.

The options

  • Option A: all of the award is to be granted as a fee waiver (a reduction to your tuition fees)
  • Option B: 50% is granted as a fee waiver, 50% paid as a cash bursary
  • Option C: all of the award is to be paid as a cash bursary* (cash payments direct to your bank account)

You will be asked to make your choice during the enrolment process. If you don't make a choice, the default will be option A.

Note that the choice you make during your enrolment is FINAL, and cannot be changed during 2014/15.

How much will you get?

  • If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is below £16,000, you will receive a total award of £3,000
  • If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is between £16,001 and £25,000, you will receive a total award of £2,000
  • If you are eligible to receive an award and your household income is between £25,001 and £30,000 you will receive a total award of £1,000

Please note: For Options B and C, students in their first year of study whose household income is lower than £25,000 will only receive £1,000 as a bursary and £2,000 as a partial fee waiver.

This is a restriction imposed by the government on the National Scholarship Programme. After the first year, all options will be available in full.

Other support - Access to Southampton

Access to Southampton is the University’s widening participation scheme. The programme includes a residential summer school, potential eligibility for an alternative admissions offer, as well as support with the transition to University and a bursary.

For full details, visit the Access to Southampton programme page.


If you have any questions about fee waivers, bursaries or other student support, please contact our Student Services Centre before you enrol.

Email: Tel: 02380 599 599

Student loans

The Government's financial support package is structured so that all eligible students, regardless of background, will be able to study at Southampton. If you are a UK student starting a higher education course in 2016/17, you can apply for loans to help pay for both fees and maintenance.

Student Loan for Fees

  • Will cover all tuition fees for every year of study
  • Only repayable once you are earning over £21,000 per year
  • The amount you receive does not depend on your financial circumstances
  • Whatever your tuition fee, your monthly repayment will be the same - only the number of payments will vary

Student Loan for Maintenance

  • Available for each year of study to help with living costs such as food, accommodation and travel
  • The amount you can borrow depends on your circumstances
  • Only repayable once you are earning over £21,000 per year; linked to your tuition fee loan so you only make one monthly payment.
  • Student loans are issued by Student Finance England on behalf of the government – they are not commercial loans. Interest is charged on a student loan from the date you receive it to the date you pay it off.

Additional support

Depending on your personal circumstances (eg your household income), you may also be eligible for:

  • A non-repayable Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant
  • One of our bursaries or scholarships
    • Additional help is also available if you have:◦a disability or specific learning difficulty
    • dependent children or adults
  • If you find yourself in financial hardship during your time at university, you may be able to obtain extra financial support for your course from the Access to Learning Fund.

Find out more

For more information on student finance including loans, grants, extra help, eligibility and repayments, visit Student Finance.

If you live outside England, you will find relevant information on your local student finance website.

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.

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