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Search our courses and find the right course for you. At Essex you can show your academic potential in a research-intensive
environment, and develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.
20 February - 3 March 2017
Explore your postgraduate options during Postgraduate Fortnight -
two weeks of events both online and at our Colchester Campus.
Our range of courses is constantly evolving to ensure that everything you study here is relevant and innovative. Whatever
your chosen subject, you'll find a range
of Masters courses taught by
Our courses are academically rigorous. You explore your subject in depth,
reaching a high level of specialist knowledge in a short time, and you produce
work that is informed by current thinking and debate. You'll also be able to engage with our wider research environment and have your work read.
Masters loans now available
Masters courses have never been more accessible. UK and EU students can now apply for
loans to help with course fees and living costs.
Studying at Essex gives you an opportunity to develop your own ideas and
interests, and to engage with global thinking and
ground-breaking research. You'll gain key
employability skills and knowledge
to enable you to enter a wide variety of jobs.
On successful completion of your Masters course, you may want to begin a
research degree. Many who graduate
from Essex choose to stay with us for further study. Some of our Masters courses
may be taken as the first part of an Integrated PhD, leading to your PhD after a
further three years of full-time study and research.
Types of courses
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MSc)
By far the most popular postgraduate qualification, a
taught Masters degree is designed to develop your knowledge
of a specific subject and boost your career prospects.
Although course content usually includes an element of independent
research, the emphasis is on learning by teaching. An MA usually
covers humanities subjects while MScs are awarded in scientific
Master of Business (MBA)
An MBA is the most widely recognised business degree
in the world. The Essex MBA give you first-rate skills
and knowledge of business management practice.
Master of Fine Art (MFA)
A creative degree at the same level as an MA or MSc, MFAs
traditionally include a strong practical element. Our MFAs
are delivered by our East 15 Acting School.
Master of Law (LLM)
An LLM allows you to become a specialist in a
particular area of law. It can be a useful stepping stone
to a PhD or solicitor / barrister training programmes.
Masters of Research (MRes)
An MRes is delivered at the same level as an MSc. Although
course content includes some teaching, the emphasis is on learning by
independent research. The MRes is a good choice if you wish to pursue
a PhD or career in academic research.
Certificates and Diplomas
Graduate Diplomas act as conversion, giving you the ability to proceed to a
Masters course in a different area of study.
Our Postgraduate Certificates and
Diplomas consist of the modules and assessed work of a Masters, without the
Most of our taught courses are available part-time to UK and EU applicants. Tuition
fees are proportionate to the full-time rate. Part-time study is normally on a
half-time basis, with your course completed in twice the duration of the
Some of our taught courses, including The Essex MBA,
can also be studied on a modular basis, so that the total volume of credit for
the award is accumulated over an extended period (up to six years).