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Why Essex?

Over a third of our student population are from outside of the UK so you’ll feel right at home. Many of our Korean students are studying courses in our departments of Government, Essex Business School and School of Philosophy and Art History.

I didn't study economics at Bachelors level, but I was keen to make a career change. Essex offered the opportunity for me to pursue a Masters in Economics despite not studying it previously, joining a renowned Economics Department.

As an international student, the English Language course I took was perfect, as it boosted my English skills, allowing me to communicate better, study to my full potential, and gain a greater understanding of British culture.

I found that my course has been incredibly useful after graduating. I now work for the NHIS in Seoul and am an ODA expert, helping UHC of underdeveloped countries.

Kyongyoul Gong MSC eCONOMICS

Entry requirements


Previous university/college study is required in addition to local high school qualifications for our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses. 

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team

We normally require 75% or above from a Junior College two-year course for entry into the first year of our degrees, depending on subjects taken and individual marks obtained.

We accept a number of international qualifications and foundation programmes. You can find our International Baccalaureate requirements under individual course entries. We also accept the SATR in combination with your high school diploma, with a usual minimum SATR requirement 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.

Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with B or 2.75/4 or 3/4.5 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

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 Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship scheme offers £2,500  scholarships to South Korean students achieving CGPA 2.75/4 or 3.00/4.5 and £4,000 scholarships to students achieving CGPA 3.00/4 or 3.20/4.5. Please visit the link above for further details about eligibility.

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


Our student societies

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

  • Share Korean culture with other students
  • Teach other students the Korean language
  • Make and enjoy Korean food
  • Partake in society socials

Explore the Korean society

Meet us in South Korea 

We do not have any visits planned to your country in the near future. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with your country contact named below with any questions.

You can also get in touch on WhatsApp: +60162223571 or KakaoTalk (ID: ChloeEssex).

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Chloe Lim South Korea country contact
Telephone: +603 7493 0805