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How to Apply

We understand that applying for a postgraduate qualification can be different to your undergraduate experience, so we’re here to provide you with the information needed to make your application. If you have any specific questions, then please e-mail us.

How do I apply?

We welcome online applications. Our online application form takes about 20 minutes to complete but you can save and return to it, if you need to.

With your application, you should provide:

  • your personal details;
  • academic qualifications that you already hold or are waiting to complete;
  • English language qualifications (eg IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson); and
  • the name and contact details for two academic or professional referees.

Is there anything else I need to do?

You must also send your ‘supporting documents’ - we can not process your application until these have been received. When you complete your application, you will be advised how to send your supporting documents.

What are my supporting documents?

Your supporting documents should include:

  • transcripts of your university-level studies to date;
  • copies of certificate(s) for any degrees or other awards that you completed;
  • one verifiable reference from an academic referee
  • any other items which your department requires.

We may ask for originals if you are offered a place. Full details, and where to send information, is available alongside our online application form.

I have a disability. How can you help me?

If you have a disability, then your application will considered against the same academic criteria as other candidates. If you are disabled you should state this on your application form so that early consideration can be given to meeting your accommodation and, where necessary, daily care requirements. Please contact us by e-mail if you would like any further information before applying.

English language

English language

We ask for evidence of your English language ability, if English is not your first language, to ensure you derive full benefit from your time at our University. The score required will vary by subject - find out more by using our course finder.

PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.

What happens next?

What happens next?

We answer your questions about what happens after you submit your application for postgraduate study at Essex. Applying for a postgraduate course is a new experience for you, so we're here to explain the process clearly.

Part-time study

Postgraduate research - part-time

Are you interested in studying part-time? Most of our taught courses are available as part-time study to Home and EU students and those international students with the necessary immigration status to do so. Find out more here.