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Did you know that notable alumni from Pakistan include Omar Asghar Khan, Pakistani social activist, economist and politician, who studied Economics at Essex; and Muhammad Ali Saif, former Pakistani Minister of Tourism.

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Entry requirements


Previous university/college study is required in addition to local high school qualifications for our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses.
We accept a number of international qualifications, including the International Baccalaureate with the majority of our courses requiring grade 30 or above, or the SATR with the majority of our courses requiring a minimum of 1100 out of 1600 with 550 in each test.

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 GPA 2.6 from an undergraduate 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 course that you are interested in. 
An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:2 (see the 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 PhD applicants and check the course details for your chosen programme for further information about entry criteria.

Scholarships and funding

Our South Asia Regional Scholarship scheme offers £4,000 scholarships to undergraduate students from Pakistan. Please visit the link for further details about eligibility.

Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers £3-5,000 tuition fee discounts to high achieving masters students from Pakistan. Please visit the link for further details about eligibility and the award amounts available based on your grades.

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 Pakistani society, where you’ll have the chance to:

  • Join cricket matches
  • Watch Bollywood movies together
  • Celebrate Eid
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Pakistani society

Join in the conversation and get to know other students with the societies Facebook page too.

Meet us in Pakistan

You can find out more about our events on our Pakistan Facebook page.

If you'd like to meet us please get in touch by email with our Pakistan Regional Office at muhammad.talha@essex.ac.uk

Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
We offer Masters courses with professional work placements
£4,000 undergraduate scholarships through our South Asia Regional Scholarships
We have a range of job opportunities giving you first hand work experience whilst you study
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Faisal Rafiq
During my time at Essex, I joined the Student Union's vTeam and worked with the SU on various projects for ten months. They ranged from helping tutor children at local schools to multiple SU vTeam one-off projects such as helping to set up and marshal the big Bonfire Night celebration events in a nearby town; helping with the annual firework display at the University; and contributing to the International Gala and other festivals. Participating in these projects gave me opportunity to work part-time with the SU. The role gave me valuable opportunities to develop and improve skills such as communication, teamwork, planning, and time management. This experience helped grow my personality and confidence and will remain a part of by CV. Above all, I am using these skills in my newly founded law firm as a Partner. 
Various faculty members of the university I worked for in Pakistan got their PhD degrees from Essex; it was from them that I first heard about the university. I decided to come to Essex because I wanted to do a PhD in management control systems in firms operating in developing economies and one of the experts in this field works at the university. The university is a wonderful place with friendly people who come from many diverse cultural backgrounds. If you come to Essex you won’t regret it, believe me!
Junaid Muhammed  PhD Management
I really appreciated the outstanding research culture that I was exposed to at Essex. The University has a great library with excellent facilities, while the positive research environment and friendly people within the Department of Mathematical Sciences ensured I enjoyed my stay as a research student at Essex and graduated with very good feelings towards the University. 

Since leaving Essex, I have joined the University of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa, Pakistan, as an assistant professor. My studies at Essex have truly helped me in this role, particularly as my PhD is in the same area in which I teach, so I can now supervise other students who are undertaking their own research in this field.

Muhammad Farooq phd mathematics
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