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Postgraduate Support Scheme

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Funding for your Masters

If you'd like to study for a Masters at Essex in 2014-15 but are worried about the cost, our Postgraduate Support Scheme offers two ways of making it much more affordable.

Please keep an eye on this page in the new year for 2015 opportunities.


We have 100 places available on our Mentoring scheme. Get a £5,000 discount on your tuition fees by mentoring a group of undergraduates.

We'll train and support you and you'll work towards accreditation as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy and the Institute of Leadership and Management's Level 3 award in Mentoring.

Gain skills which are highly valued by graduate employers while, at the same time, giving our undergraduates invaluable support to help them obtain better degrees and better employment and study opportunities.

Paid placements

With our Paid Placements, you'll receive a £2,000 bursary when you start your course and can then earn up to a further £3,600 on a work placement relevant to your chosen subject.

Instead of writing a dissertation after your taught modules, you'll complete a project which includes a paid work placement of up to twelve weeks and a written report which will be assessed as part of your course.

Placements are available with a number of participating courses.

Scheme information

  • Eligibility

    The Postgraduate Support Scheme is open to self-funded Home and EU students who are in receipt of an offer of admission for a Masters course for the academic year 2014-15. You can apply for this scheme even if you have completed other postgraduate study in the past.

    The awards have been designed to ensure that postgraduate education is accessible to students from under-represented groups. You could be eligible if:

    • you're from the first generation in your family to go to university
    • you've received Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) while studying as an undergraduate
    • you were a mature student as an undergraduate
    • you received a full or partial grant as an undergraduate and/or your household income is less than £42,611
    • you're from an area where fewer people go to university than the national average

    Read full details of the eligibility criteria:

    You can apply for both Mentoring and a Paid Placement, but you can only receive one of them.

  • Combining this scheme with other awards or discounts

    You're not eligible for this scheme if you hold any award which involves a third party paying your tuition fees as you must be fully self-funded. If you're paying your fees using a Career Development Loan then you can still apply for this scheme.

    The only other University of Essex award or scholarship that you can hold in conjunction with the Postgraduate Support Scheme is the Alumni Loyalty Discount. If you are awarded both the Mentoring discount and the Alumni Loyalty Discount awards, the Mentoring award will be deducted from your fees first.

  • How to apply

    The deadline has now passed and applications for both schemes are now closed.

  • Information for employers

    Are you interested in offering one of our Masters students a work placement? If you've got a project, we'll pay for their time. You can gain specialist knowledge at no cost to you.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you've got any questions about the scheme or whether you're eligible.