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


Previous university/college study is required in addition to local high school qualifications for our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses. If you've taken A-levels or the International Baccalaureate you can find the requirements for these qualifications on our course finder. We also accept the AP exams if you've achieved three APs with two at level 3 and one at level 4.

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 accept a number of international qualifications and foundation programmes. 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.

Postgraduate Taught

If your degree is from University of Philippines or University of Santo Tomas we'll consider applicants with 2.25/5.0 or above. If your degree is from Ateneo de Manila or De La Salle we'll consider applicants with 2.5/4.0.

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 2.5 or above from undergraduate degrees from other universities awarded after 2022.  If you achieved your qualification before this date please get in touch with your country contact for further information. 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 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 South East Asia Scholarship scheme offers scholarships worth £3,000 for undergraduate students from South East Asian countries. In order to qualify for this scholarship, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 15 September 2024. Please visit the link for further details about deadlines and eligibility. 


Our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers a £4,000 tuition fee discount to postgraduate students meeting the GPA/grade requirement. Please see the link for further details.


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 friendly Filipino society, where you’ll have the chance to:

  • Share Filipino culture with other students
  • Join games events and movie nights
  • Make and enjoy Filipino food
  • Take part in society socials and parties

Explore the Filipino society
Leah Wadsworth
Choosing the University of Essex was an incredibly rewarding decision. This institution not only excels in higher education but also stands out as a beacon of excellence. Essex's commitment to diversity and inclusion creates a vibrant and inclusive community where students from diverse backgrounds come together to learn and grow. Essex's unwavering dedication to social impact, innovation, sustainability, and collaborative learning empowers students to become change-makers, equipped with the knowledge and skills to create a better world. As a proud Essex alum, I've witnessed the transformative power of this institution, and it has propelled me into a successful career as a Finance Manager at BDL Fire Solutions Ltd. My goal is to own my own business, be self-sustaining, create job opportunities for others, and make a positive impact, and I credit the University of Essex for helping me lay the foundation for this ambitious endeavour.
Leah Gloria Wadsworth msc accounting and financial management

Meet us in the Philippines

We do not have any visits planned to your country in the near future.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

You can also get in touch on WhatsApp: +6016 222 3571.

Get in touch
Sam Look Philippines country contact
Telephone: +6016 222 3571