Fees and funding

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Whilst there's no doubt a postgraduate qualification can give you the advantage in a competitive job market, we understand that it's not a decision you're going to make lightly.

At Essex, we're constantly working to make sure you get the best possible student experience. This means re-investing your fees into employing some of the best academic minds in the UK, and maintaining and improving our facilities.

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Stick with us

If you're one of our graduates, studied abroad here or have a spouse or partner studying here as a full-time international student paying overseas fees, we'll give you a loyalty discount of up to 33% on the tuition fee for your first year of postgraduate study at Essex.

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Postgraduate loans

If you're a home or EU student and looking to study a Masters degree (taught or research), you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,609. The loan has no subject restrictions (MBAs are included), isn't means tested (ie. not dependent on your or family's income), and is available for full-time, part-time and distance learning courses.

Loyalty discounts

If you're an Essex alumni you can save up to 33% if you have received a First or Distinction in your undergraduate or Masters degree respectively. We also offer a 10% discount if you previously studied at Essex on a study abroad programme for at least one term. Find out more about our loyalty discounts.

Scholarships and bursaries

We want talented people from all backgrounds to be able to benefit from an Essex Education, so we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including our Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarships, our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarships and our Essex Business School MBA scholarship to name a few.

We also have country-specific funding opportunities.

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

Our University currently subscribes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This independent guide to financing postgraduate study can be an invaluable tool to anyone considering study beyond undergraduate level. The guide is free to use for our current and prospective students. You’ll need our PIN to be able to access the resource. Please email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk to receive this.


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