Masters application information

How to apply and entry requirements

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So you've decided what and how to study and now it's time to make it happen. We'll walk you through how you apply to study with us and the documents you'll need to send us.

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Applying to Essex is simple and straightforward. We'll give you all the important information you need to make your application. Our online application takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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Thinking of postgrad research?

This page will give you lots of information about applying for a postgraduate taught course (such as a Masters), but if you're actually thinking of studying a postgraduate research degree (such as a PhD), check out our research pages here.

Entry requirements for taught courses

We will consider all applicants with 2:2 or above, or equivalent international qualifications. For some courses, there may be additional requirements.

Full details of entry requirements, including English language requirements are on our country pages or course listings. Please get in touch with Graduate Admissions if you have any further queries regarding the qualifications we accept.

Necessary documents

When you apply to study with us, you'll need to provide a number of supporting documents - we can't process your application until we have these. Some of these documents you will have to upload with your application, others you may be able to upload at a later date. We may ask to see original documents if you are offered a place.

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience. For more information, refer to the relevant course on course finder.

Personal statement

International applicants

If you are applying for a taught course and you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, then a personal statement (no more than 500 words) is required at the time you make your application. This should refer specifically to your reasons for wishing to study in the UK, and why you have chosen your area of study.

Include details of any relevant work experience, why you think your academic strengths are suited to your area of study, and how this study will assist you to realise your career objectives.

UK and EU applicants 

You don't need to provide a personal statement with your application unless you are applying for:

  • an MSc Pre-registration course
  • a Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies course
  • the Essex MBA

Please check the course pages for specific entry requirements.

English language

If you have received your test results you may include a copy with your application. The main tests we accept are IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson, and the test must be less than three years old at the time of admission. The IELTS requirement for your course is listed in our course listings.

You can also see more detailed information about English language requirements here (.pdf)

Transcripts

Official transcript(s), in English or a certified translation of your academic results to date, showing marks or grades, must be provided at the time you make your application. (Transcripts are not required from current or previous University of Essex students, or from students who have previously completed a degree at Colchester Institute awarded by the University of Essex).

CV

If you are applying to one of our taught courses in the School of Law, Human Rights, a pre-Registration course or the MBA, you will need to provide a copy of your CV with your application.

References

Don't worry if you can't provide your reference when you make your application, as if we make you an offer you will be able to provide this at a later stage.

For taught courses we will require one academic reference during the application process (excluding the MBA, and pre-Registration courses in Nursing, Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy, which require one academic and one professional reference).

References should be recent and verifiable, signed and dated by the referee and on official institution paper if a document is provided. Alternatively, email references are generally accepted when emailed directly to the University by the referee.

If you haven't studied for over five years, and aren't able to obtain an academic reference, we can normally accept an appropriate reference from an employer. This will need to be emailed directly from the referee’s official work email address, or be on company headed paper, signed and recently-dated.

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Application deadline

We recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. If you require a tier 4 visa to study in the UK the final date for submitting your application is Friday 13 September 2019. You should also take into account any deadlines for funding applications, such as scholarships.

After you apply

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks once we have received all the relevant documents from you.

When you create your application, you will be issued with an application number (DE number), which is your unique reference number with us. You can use this to create your account on our myEssex for Applicants.

Accepting your offer

If we offer you a place, we send you our decision electronically. You will be able to view and download your offer letter from myEssex within 24 hours of a decision being made. We will send you an email with instructions on this. You should use myEssex to accept your place and to keep us informed of any changes to your contact details by updating them online.

Funding

Before starting your course you need to consider how you are going to fund your studies. Depending on your course, funding deadlines will change.

Feedback

The Graduate Admissions Feedback Policy provides information on how to request feedback if your postgraduate application is unsuccessful. Please note that feedback is not available for all postgraduate courses, and this is explained within the policy.

Other things to consider

Transferring to Essex from another university

If you are currently studying at another university, either in the UK or elsewhere, and it’s not working out, you may be considering transferring to the University of Essex.

We welcome enquiries and applications to transfer to the University of Essex and recommend that you read the guidance below before making an application.

Before applying for transferred entry

Transferring to another institution is a big decision, and can take time to complete. We would recommend speaking with someone at your current university (such as your personal tutor, supervisor or academic support services) who can provide advice and guidance on the possibility of transferring.

You should also discuss with them the impact that a transfer might have on your funding or visa arrangements.

If you decide that you wish to transfer to the University of Essex, we recommend emailing our Postgraduate Admissions Office before making an application. 

How to apply for transferred entry

Please email pgquery@essex.ac.uk stating that you intend to transfer from your existing institution, stating your course choice and preferred point of entry at Essex. You should then make your application for the course via the University’s Postgraduate application form and attach the following supporting documentation:

  • CV
  • Personal statement (which might include your reasons for moving institution)
  • An academic reference
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Transcripts

Upon receipt of your application, the relevant department may invite you to interview and will assess your suitability for transfer to the University of Essex.  The following information may also be requested for consideration as part of your application:

  • Formal release of all Intellectual Property (IP) from your original institution
  •  Data use and/or ownership information
  •  Ethical approval information
  • Studentship/scholarship funding transfer arrangements

All suitable applications for admission are then submitted to the relevant Deputy Dean (Research) for final approval.

Tier 4 students

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, the above information will apply. However, in addition, we will consider whether you would be able to meet all Home Office requirements when determining whether or not you are eligible to transfer to the University of Essex.

Transferring from a partner institution

You may be looking to transfer to the University of Essex from a partner institution in the EU or overseas under one of our link agreements, which support the admissions of students to study with us through progression arrangements.

Transferring credit for individual modules

If you wish to transfer credits for individual modules from your current or previous university study or work experience, you should discuss the matter with the relevant Admissions Office in the first instance. Your request may be considered under the University’s Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning – AP(E)L procedure. This procedure may need to be completed in addition to submitting a standard application to transfer to the University of Essex.

Please refer to the University’s AP(E)L policy and procedure for further information.

Disability and health

Applications are considered against the same academic criteria as those from other candidates. If you are disabled, state this on your application form so that we can give early consideration to any support requirements you may have. Please contact Student Support if you would like to discuss this in more detail before you apply.

If you require an application form in an alternative format please telephone Graduate Admissions on +44 (0) 1206 876587 to discuss your needs.

Accreditation of prior (experiential) learning (AP(E)L

Policy and procedure for the accreditation of prior (experiential) learning (AP(E)L)

Readmission

This procedure applies to former postgraduate students who are requesting permission to be readmitted to study, having previously left voluntarily or having been required to withdraw from the University.

It does not apply to:

  • students who want to be admitted to study at a higher level after having successfully completed an award at a lower level
  • students who have successfully completed a degree and want to start another degree in a different subject area

Readmission policy

It is our policy, and part of national HESA rules, that you cannot normally be considered for readmission to the same programme from which you have been required to withdraw, or a similar programme which contained modules you have already taken, for a minimum of two years after you left (with the exception of students who have been required to withdraw for debt).

You can be considered for immediate readmission to a completely different area of study if there are good reasons to indicate that you chose the wrong course originally and there was evidence that you could be successful in a new area. This is subject to the University’s rules relating to the maximum period of study.

How to apply

In order for your request to be considered, please complete the application form for former postgraduate students.

Supporting documents

Your personal statement should cover the reasons why you wish to be readmitted; what you have been doing since leaving Essex; and why you believe you will be successful if you return to your studies at Essex. If you have studied elsewhere since leaving Essex, please give full details of the course(s) you studied and the dates of your study.

If you are a recent Essex student and you have not studied elsewhere since leaving Essex, then you will not need to supply a new reference with your application.

Deadlines

The deadlines for the submission of a readmission request are set well in advance of the relevant course start date, as the process can be a lengthy one, especially if a student requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

  • Start date: September/October 2019 - deadline: 15 July 2019

Outcome

Your application will be considered by several departments within the University, so please don’t be concerned if you don’t hear from us immediately. Depending on your case, it may be a number of weeks before you receive a decision. If you have any concerns about the progress of your readmission request please contact: pgquery@essex.ac.uk

Complaints against decisions

There is no right of appeal against selection decisions made by the University, including decisions about readmission. Complaints will normally be considered to be valid only where there is evidence of procedural irregularity. In the event that you are dissatisfied with the University’s readmissions process, you can submit a complaint in line with the Complaints policy for applicants (.pdf).

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