Why Essex?

Here at Essex we welcome students from more than 140 countries to our campuses with open arms. Over a third of our student population are from outside of the UK so you’ll feel right at home. 

Entry requirements

Undergraduate

Most of our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses will consider five higher level subjects at H3 (H3H3H3H3H3) from Irish Leaving Certificate. 

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available if you do not meet these grades. Please visit our Pathways Department for details about our undergraduate degrees with a foundation year and the University of Essex International College for other undergraduate and postgraduate pathways.

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 2.2 from 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

Due to reciprocal agreements under the Common Travel Area arrangement, England has confirmed that funding and immigration status changes coming into place for EU students from 2021 do not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland. If you are planning to join us as a new student from October 2021, you are therefore likely to be classified as a 'Home' student for tuition fee purposes, as long as you meet the general conditions. In addition, you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan through Student Finance England. Please visit the SFE website for further information.

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

Our student societies

We’ve got over 100 clubs and societies at Essex, including our friendly Essex European Society, where you’ll have the chance to:

  • Promote European cooperation and connections with other continents
  • Network with students and organisations from across Europe
  • Join the society football team
  • Partake in society socials and parties


Explore the Essex European society

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

Meet us in Ireland

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.

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Fancy discovering what student life at Essex is like? Want to learn more about our international community? Come and talk to some of our students and staff online to get answers to all of your questions.

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Why should you study here?

We're top 30 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022)
Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Colchester Campus squares busy on market day
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UoTY winners 2018
Get in touch
Caroline Halling Ireland country contact
Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 874828