Why Essex?

안녕하세요! 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 Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies.

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. 

If you've taken A-levels or the International Baccalaureate, you can find our requirements for your chosen course through the Course Finder.

If you've attended Junior College, 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. We also accept the SAT with a minimum of 1100 out of 1600 with 550 in each test plus High School Graduation Diploma , or a minimum of 3 APTs with two at 3 or above and one at 4 or above.

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.  You can also get in touch with our country contact Michelle Neoh: m.neoh@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 grades above B or 2.75/4 or 3/4.5 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 International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship offers £2,000 scholarships to students achieving 34 points or more in the International Baccalaureate.

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 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

Partnerships with Korean Universities 

We have a partnership between Sungkyunkwan University and the Department of Economics at Essex. Students from BA Global Economics at Sungkyunkwan University can gain a double degree with BA or BSc Economics at Essex and graduate with a dual degree from Sungkyunkwan and Essex. Please get in touch with Michelle with the details below for more information.

Meet us in South Korea 

We do not have 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 KakaoTalk (ID: MichelleEssex).

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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Michelle Neoh
Get in touch
Michelle Neoh  South Korea country contact
Telephone: +603 7493 0805