Why Essex?

We at Essex love our students from North America! Each year we welcome a number of students from Canada to study courses such as Law and Physiotherapy, alongside many others, and we are delighted that you are considering joining them.

Application information

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider 75% from Canadian Secondary School Certificate/Diploma or DEC.

Our LLB Law (Senior Status) will consider GPA 2.9 or equivalent from Bachelor degree.

We also offer a range of Foundation Programmes which can lead to entry to our undergraduate degrees, please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

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.

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with a B average or GPA 2.7/4 or equivalent from a Canadian Bachelor degree.

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available through our partner Kaplan International Colleges 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.

Scholarships and funding

Our Americas Regional Scholarship scheme offers £5,000 scholarships to undergraduate students from Canada. Please visit the link for the application form and further details about eligibility.

Our Academic Excellence Senior Status Law Scholarship scheme offers scholarships worth £3,000 to international students joining the LLB Law (Senior Status) programme. Deadlines and terms and conditions apply.

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £3,000 tuition fee discount to masters students from Canada achieving the equivalent of a UK first in their undergraduate degree. Please visit the link for further details about eligibility.

Please visit our Scholarships pages for information about additional funding opportunities.
Everyone in the university community is extremely helpful and very friendly. The community really embraces everyone from around the world and provides any support needed. Studying at Essex was an amazing experience because of the people and the support you receive for your studies. 
I am currently in the process of applying to a few Canadian universities for my Master in Common Law thanks to my 2:1 degree from the University of Essex.
Jaspreet Dhaliwal LLB Law

Studying law at Essex

Our law programmes

LLB Law (Senior Status)

This two-year fast-track course was designed for students who have graduated from another discipline and want to pursue a career in law. For further information about the course contents, please visit the course page.

LLB Law 

We also offer the three-year LLB Law option which allows students to take additional optional modules, or specialise in a specific field by combining your law degree with another subject. The following programmes are available:

LLB English and French Law (Licence)

For students fluent in both English and French, our  LLB English and French Law (Licence) 'double degree' combines two years at Essex with a final year at one of our partner universities in France.

Masters degrees

We also offer a range of one-year Masters degrees in the areas of Law and Human Rights.

Returning to Canada after your studies

If you plan on heading back to Canada to work after gaining your degree in the UK, you'll need to demonstrate competence to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), who assess the qualifications of anyone with legal qualifications obtained outside of Canada, and who wish to be admitted to a common law bar in Canada.

If you graduate from your LLB Law (Senior Status) with a 2:2 (50%) or above, without any of your modules graded below 50% (roughly a C average in a Canadian university), you'll normally have to take seven extra exams. Then, once you've successfully completed the NCA requirements, you'll be awarded a Certificate of Qualification, accepted by most Canadian law societies for entry to their bar admissions process. Please note that this information is only provided as a guideline, for further information please contact the NCA:

Canadian Law society

If you're looking to study law, we have a Canadian Law society to help you connect with other students and organisations at Essex, in the UK and back in Canada.

Meet us in Canada

Unfortunately we do not have any visits to your country planned in the near future.

Feel free to get in touch or book a meeting with your country contacts Tim and Emma with the details at the bottom of the page if you have any questions.


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Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
£5,000 undergraduate scholarships available through our Americas Regional Scholarship
Colchester is among the UK's top 10 most affordable university towns according to totallymoney.com
We have a range of job opportunities giving you first hand work experience whilst you study
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Hear from our Canadian students and alumni

Arran Chambers
My name is Arran and I am studying a Masters in Psychology here at the University of Essex. I chose Essex because they offer this conversion masters which opens the door to me as a Kinesiology graduate to pursue something completely different! I love the campus and people at Essex. Being close to nature and walking through it every day keeps me feeling invigorated. The way campus is set up also allows for such good socializing in the centre campus squares which I love. I am a part of the Volleyball club here and have met some awesome people involved in all the sports at Essex.
Arran Chambers MSc PSYCHOLOGY
I was able to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. I learned from students who came from backgrounds in politics, policing, the military, and others. I am confident that my studies abroad greatly contributed to my understanding of complex political conflicts and situations. My professors were all deeply committed to human rights and humanitarian law, and they were active practitioners in the field. They helped me to understand the realities of working in areas of conflict and elevated my comprehension of human rights and humanitarian law from the perspective of victims and survivors. My fellow students, who came from all over the world, inspired me to dream big and push beyond myself. Studying at the University of Essex gave me access to a global network of inspiring human rights advocates around the world. No matter what country I landed in, I knew that I would be able to connect with either a former student colleague of mine or someone within the alumni network.
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Tim Pilkington Canada country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828