Why Essex?

I manage the foreign trading department of a textile company back home in China. I moved to the UK to undertake my MBA because I wanted to develop my career potential. I chose Essex Business School because there is such a close working relationship between my tutor, the support team and my classmates; it makes studying abroad much easier. I enjoy the group work and the social events during Welcome Week helped me to settle in.
Dandan Tong The Essex MBA

Entry requirements


Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider 75% overall average from Gaokao.

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

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 70% for Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) band 1 universities/ 75% for ARWU band 2 universities from a four year undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification.
Some courses 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 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 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 Vice-Chancellor's Global Talent Scholarship is a competitive scholarship offering successful candidates a 50% tuition fee discount on their tuition fees for the first year of study. The scholarship is open to undergraduate and master's applicants. Please visit the scholarship link for further information and to access the application form. 

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £2,500 tuition fee discount to postgraduate students from China achieving 75% from Tier 1 or 80% from Tier 2 universities at Bachelor's level.

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

Our Student Societies

We’ve got over 100 clubs and societies at Essex, including our amazing Chinese Student Scholars society, where you’ll have the chance to:

  • Celebrate holidays like the lunar new year
  • Play sports
  • Teach other students about Chinese culture and languages
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Chinese Student Scholars society

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

Partnerships with Chinese universities

We have partnerships with a number of Chinese universities:

  • Beijing Institute of Technology (北京理工大学)
  • Beijing Sport University (北京体育大学)
  • Central University of Finance and Economics (中央财经大学)
  • Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (东北财经大学)
  • Northwest University (西北大学)
  • Sichuan International Studies University (四川外国语大学)
  • University of Science and Technology Beijing  (北京科技大学)
  • Wuhan University of Technology (武汉理工大学)

Careers and employability

Our Chinese graduates work with a range of organisations and national and multinational companies. Some graduates from our Department of Economics are working for Chinese universities. Graduates from Essex Business School are currently working for Alibaba, Bank of China, local commercial and investment banks and China National Petroleum Corporation, among may other companies and organisations.

Meet us in China

We have regional offices based in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your country contact (external link to China website) named if you have any questions.

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