Why Essex?

With students from over 140 different countries, Essex is the world in one place. We're top 20 for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings 2018. 
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, 2016

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.

Scholarships and funding

Our Americas Regional Scholarship scheme offers £3,000 scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students from Canada. Please visit the links above for the application form and further details about eligibility.

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £2,000 tuition fee discount to masters students from Canada achieving the equivalent of a UK first in their undergraduate degree. Please visit the link above for further details about eligibility.

Please visit our Fees and Funding pages for information about additional funding opportunities.

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.

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 (Maitrise)

For students fluent in both English and French, our 4-year LLB English and French Law (Maitrise) 'double degree' combines two years at Essex with two years 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:

Meet us in Canada

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.

Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
£3,000 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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Get in touch
Tim Pilkington Canada country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828