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. The University offers budgeting advice to help you keep track of your finance and our tuition fees and support section also offers further information.

Scholarships UK/EU

For UK and EU students entering ECS in 2022 we are offering the following scholarships.

  • Ada Lovelace Excellence Scholarship12 scholarships are available split equally between applicants that identify as male and female. Applicants are invited to submit applications for one of the scholarships where recipients will receive a £2,000 monetary award, as well as additional mentoring during their degree.
  • 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 both scholarships but will be awarded the single most valuable scholarship for which they were successful.

Scholarships EU

EU students beginning their course in September 2021 will be offered a European Union Scholarship which comprises a £5,000 fee reduction. These scholarships will be automatically awarded if students meet our eligibility criteria. Find out more.

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 (UKESF)

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 BSc/BEng and MEng courses:

 * Check the full list of eligible CEng and IEng accredited programmes from the IET Diamond Jubilee Scholarships page

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 towards the cost of their tuition fees, plus vacation placements.

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

The University continues to offer a 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?

For full details of current packages and eligbility please visit the Student Funding page on the University's website.

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

As an undergraduate from the UK or a European Union country, you can apply for a student loan to help pay for tuition fees and you may also be eligible for a loan for living costs.

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.