Why Essex?

With students from over 140 different countries, Essex is the world in one place. 
One of our notable alumni from Brunei is Paduka Osman bin Pengiran Haji Patra, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Brunei.

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider BBB from Brunei-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Advanced Level. 

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team admit@essex.ac.uk
We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available if you do not meet these grades. Please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Postgraduate Taught

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with a 2:2 or above from Bachelor Degree. Some courses and departments have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

We also offer a range of Foundation Programmes if you do not meet these grades. Please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Postgraduate Research 

For entry to Research degrees, please refer to the entry requirements for the degree that you are interested in. 

An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:2 (see the grade information above), and a master's degree with a good grade is required for most PhD programmes, in addition to a well-developed research proposal in a field in which we can offer supervision. Please have a read through our information for research degree applicants and check the course details for your chosen programme for further information about entry criteria.

Our student societies

We’ve got over 100 clubs and societies at Essex, including our award-winning Bruneian society, where you’ll have the chance to:

  • Share Bruneian culture with other students
  • Join the celebration in a range of cultural events
  • Make and enjoy Bruneian food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Bruneian society

Join in the conversation and get to know other students with the society's Facebook page.

Scholarships and funding

Our South East Asia Scholarship scheme offers scholarships worth £3,000 for undergraduate students from South East Asian countries. In order to qualify for this scholarship, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 15 September 2024. Please visit the link for further details about deadlines and eligibility. 


The Essex Global Partner Scholarship scheme offers a 20% tuition fee discount for year two entry and a 10% tuition fee discount for year three entry for students joining us from our partner institution Laksamana College of Business. 

Please visit our Scholarships pages for information about additional funding opportunities.

Hear from our students and alumni

Bruneian alumna Ummu Aimann Makhtar at her graduation
Whenever I think of Essex, I can only think of wonderful memories. The environment and community was so friendly and welcoming that I was able to adapt very easily and quickly. Essex Students' Union offers a variety of activities and hosts many different events. Being a multicultural university, one of my most favourite events was One World Essex (Cultural Week). I chose the University mainly because of the modules they offer for my course and I am glad I made that choice. With the encouraging and incredibly dedicated department staff and lecturers, I was able to graduate with a BA in Linguistics (Hons). This degree has helped me tremendously in my path as an aspiring Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). Returning to Brunei after graduating, I was able to work as an SLT assistant for 2 years and now I am pursuing my second degree in Speech Science. I will forever be thankful for the wonderful experience Essex has given me.
Ummu Aimann Makhtar BA LINGUISTICS
Nathan Keasberry
I chose the university upon reviewing the course structure and hearing about the brilliant student life on campus. I was drawn to the ease of settling into a home away from home and the vibrant, bustling mix of students and lecturers from all around the globe meant that I would fit right in with my international background. Essex itself is close to London, arguably the life-hub of the UK and that meant that I could easily commute to and from friends and relatives scattered throughout the UK. The university's reputation for teaching excellence preceded it, as at the time I began my studies it was steadily climbing through the rankings. I was confident that the style of teaching as well as the balance between exams and coursework matched my academic learning preferences. I was even more content with the wide range of optional modules that enabled me to fine-tune and cater my learning towards suiting my academic and professional career goals, whilst still allowing me to also choose several modules of out of personal interest. The lecturers were noted to be experts in their field, being well achieved and consistently undertaking research to ensure that they were knowledgeable on recent developments in the subject. As a whole, if I could relive my time at the University, I would. The knowledge and skillset I have gained can now be used to further myself, while the networking events hosted by the university's career centre allowed me to gain answers and a glimpse into the professional working life. This in turn showed me the direction I wanted to take in my own career. I have no doubt that the advice given to me by my lecturers, personal tutor and academic colleagues would be infallible as I turn the page and begin the next chapter of my professional life.
Nathan Onn Siong Keasberry LLB LAW

Meet us in Brunei

Unfortunately we do not have any visits to your country planned in the near future. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

You can also get in touch on WhatsApp: +60162223571.

Two students talking in the SU Bar at our Southend Campus
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Kevin Tan Brunei country contact
Telephone: +603 7493 0805