Why the University of Essex?

The University of Essex is located across three campuses, in Colchester, Southend and Loughton - all easily accessible from Central London and offer a range of different Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses including Masters with Professional Placements.

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.

In 2023 we also held a graduation in Pakistan for our students, where we had the honour of our Vice-Chancellor being the first British Vice-Chancellor to visit Pakistan for over a decade. We have a long history of recruiting students from Pakistan, with our first student graduating in 1972 and were delighted to visit our graduates in their own country to celebrate their success with us.

Muhammad Talha
Hello, I’m Muhammad Talha, I am based in Pakistan and I look after thePakistani students who are joining the University of Essex. Currently, UoEboasts of over 200 students from Pakistan, and we’re pleased to know you’reconsidering being a part of the family! Country specific information to help you out has been listed below. I hope this answersany queries or questions you might have. For further information you cancontact me at Muhammad.Talha@essex.ac.uk or call 0092 3071133377
Muhammad Talha country Manager

Application information

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 between 29 - 32, or the SAT 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

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with GPA 2.6 or above from an undergraduate degree. Some courses and departments 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 tuition fee discounts worth up to £5,000 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.

We offer two Chevening-University of Essex scholarships to Pakistani Chevening applicants. Each scholarship is worth 100% of the tuition fee and will be for the following subjects for 2024/25 (subject to change in future academic years): 

Heritage / Museum studies
•           MA Heritage and Museum Studies
•           MA Curating 

Climate Change / Sustainability
•           LLM Law, Environment and Sustainability 
•           MA / MSc Environment, Society and Culture 
•           MA / MSc Environmental Futures and Climate Change 
•           MSc Marine Science and Sustainable Development

Please check the Chevening website for information on 2024 entry. 

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
  • Get involved with society socials

Explore the Pakistani society

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

Meet with us 

In country

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

You can find contact details for the rest of the team (Sabahat and Marium) at the bottom of this page. All of our regional staff are based in Pakistan.

Chat to us online

You can also chat to our staff and students too.

2023 Graduation in Pakistan

Our 2023 Graduates celebrating at their Graduation in Pakistan
Our 2023 Graduates celebrating at their Graduation in Pakistan
The Vice-Chancellor and a graduate from our Pakistan Graduation
The Vice-Chancellor and a graduate from our Pakistan Graduation

In February and March 2023, a University delegation; led by our Vice-Chancellor visited Pakistan - the first British Vice-Chancellor to visit the country in over a decade, to celebrate the successes of our students through Graduation. Starting with our first Pakistan Graduate in 1972, we now have 700 students studying with us from Pakistan and were delighted to visit and graduate our students in their own country.

Read more about our visit and the graduation on our Vice-Chancellor's blog.

Award speeches from the Graduation


Our Alumni from Pakistan

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 School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science 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
Muhammad Talha
Get in touch with our team based in Pakistan
Muhammad Talha Country Manager
Telephone: 0092 3071133377
Sabahat Mahmood
Sabahat Mahmood Recruitment and Development Officer
Telephone: +92 333 419 0924
Marium Javed
Marium Javed Regional International Admissions Adviser
Telephone: 0092300 9261042