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University of Southampton

PhDs at the University of Southampton - full scholarships available

Why Southampton?

Part of the prestigious Russell Group, the University of Southampton is a research-focused university ranked among the top 15 universities in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022.

We offer over 90 research courses and have a wide range of PhD opportunities available at any one time, from engineering to economics and chemistry to computer science. You can view our latest PhD opportunities here.

Plus, with fully-funded scholarships available, there’s never been a better time to start your PhD.

Our reputation for research

As a research-focused university, 97% of our research output has been evaluated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in our most recent Research Excellent Framework (2014).

We empower our students to strive for innovation. You’ll learn alongside leaders in your field who are working on trailblazing research programmes that are changing the world and society.

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World-class facilities

The University of Southampton is divided into five campuses located across the cities of Southampton and Winchester (as well as an engineering-focused campus in Malaysia).

Each campus has its own character and community with their own cutting-edge facilities, including a Cleanroom Complex costing £120m, dedicated research vessels for marine work and even a flight simulator.

Supporting you as a researcher

We pride ourselves on the support we offer throughout your degree. As a postgraduate researcher, you’ll work independently to focus in detail on the subject that interests you. Your supervisory team will support you along the way, providing pastoral care and subject expertise.

The University’s Doctoral College is the focal point for doctoral training and development. They provide an inspiring, vibrant research environment, equipping you with the skills you need to join the next generation of research leaders.

As a PhD student you’ll be supported to build your profile as a researcher, from writing research papers to enhancing your presentation and public engagement skills and applying for funding to attend conferences.

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Funding your PhD

There are many ways to fund your PhD, from doctoral loans to scholarships and bursaries. Our Presidential Scholarships scheme provides outstanding students from around the world with the full funding required to complete your studies, plus a comprehensive programme of development opportunities.

Student life

It’s important to strike a balance between work and leisure during your PhD, and Southampton has a wide range of social activities on offer. Our Students’ Union is one of the largest in the country, with over 300 clubs and societies for you to get involved with.

The city of Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city in the south of England, voted one of the best cities to live and work in the UK thanks to its beauty, safety and cultural buzz. With a thriving arts scene, over 50 green spaces and lively entertainment, there’s plenty for you to see and do.

The city has a wealth of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and is just over an hour’s train ride from London.

Join us

At Southampton you’ll join a diverse, supportive community of people like you who are challenging the boundaries of knowledge.

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