Why Essex?

Here at Essex our students have the privilege of belonging to one of the most diverse campus environments in the world, as our students come from more than 140 countries from across the globe. Our safe and friendly campuses are set to cater for our diverse student body and you'll find religious facilities such as prayer rooms and halal food right on your doorstep.
Alumna Maryam Alsubaiey
Maryam Alsubaiey was a regional winner for Middle East and Northern Africa at British Council Alumni Awards 2017 for her work inspiring young people in Qatar.
Maryam is a founder of multiple projects supporting young people and is also a successful writer, producer, director and creative leader in Qatar. 
 “Studying in the UK was not only useful in terms of having a great academic qualification, but for me it showed a different way of life and empowered me to be true to myself.

“Being an active student in the UK enabled me to know the value of an active civil society and the importance of the role of youth. Therefore, I wanted to create similar platforms and enable young people to grow and be active.”
As a result Maryam started two youth initiatives in Qatar - Uchange and Qatar Together - to promote the country's most talented and creative young people across different disciplines. These initiatives had a great impact on the youth community in Qatar and encouraged many young people to pursue subjects and issues they are really passionate about. Maryam also created her own start-up, QTalent.
When Maryam joined Qatar Television (QTV) she was the only woman and the youngest manager. For the re-launch of the channel, Maryam was responsible for the creative process.
After the launch she was promoted to Director of Programs. Her education and career in the UK proved vital for developing her skills as a director.
She said: “Coming back with professional British work ethics I was able to use those skills into creating a new work environment. The launch of the channel was a success and I was happy to provide this great project for my country.”
She said: “My personal journey of self-empowerment has also inspired many young girls in Qatar who are afraid to take bold steps to achieve their dreams.”
Maryam Alsubaiey political science, 2003

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 a grade between 29 - 32 or the SATR with the majority of our courses requiring a minimum of 1100 out of 1600 with 550 in each test.

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 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

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 2.70 or above from Bachelor 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 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 Middle East Undergraduate Scholarship scheme offers a £3,000 discount on international tuition fees for the first year of study for Qatari students joining us in academic year 2023-24. In order to qualify for this award, applicants must actively make Essex their firm choice by 14 July 2023. Other terms and conditions apply.  

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 student societies

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

  • Socialise with other Arabic-speaking students
  • Join the celebration in the annual Arab style party
  • Make and enjoy Arabic food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Arabic society

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

Meet us in Qatar

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.

Two students talking in the SU Bar at our Southend Campus
Chat with our students and staff

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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Hear from our alumni

Read about our graduate and British Council Alumni Award finalist Khalifa Al Haroon who studied a foundation course in English language at Essex in 2003. He is the founder of ILoveQatar.net and RaqamiTV.

You can also watch his interview with the British Council where he talks about his transformational, international study experience in the UK.

Get in touch
Nura Shahin Qatar country contact
Telephone: +962 77566 2609