This page will give you lots of information about applying for a postgraduate research degree (such as a PhD), but if you're actually thinking of studying a postgraduate taught course (such as a Masters), check out our taught course page here.
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.
Our deadlines for applications for October 2020 entry are:
We recommend that you apply as soon as you are able to. You should also take into account any deadlines for funding applications, such as scholarships.
Visit our page on Tier 4 visas if you are not sure whether you need one to study in the UK.
We aim to respond to applications within four weeks once we have received all the relevant documents from you.
When you create your application, you will be issued with an application number (PG number), which is your unique reference number with us.
You will also be able to create an account on our myEssex for Applicants portal to manage your application.
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. We will ask you to reply to your offer within 30 days.
Before starting your course you need to consider how you are going to fund your studies. If you will need to hold an offer for a course to become eligible for funding, you’ll need to allow time to make your course application and get an offer in place before the funding deadline.
The Graduate Admissions Feedback Policy provides information on how to request feedback if your postgraduate application is unsuccessful. Feedback is not available for all postgraduate courses, and this is explained within the policy.
Why limit your learning to the classroom? We want our postgraduate research students to leave Essex with as broad a range of experiences as possible, so we give all our research students up to £2,500 to access a variety of courses as part of our innovative research training scheme, Proficio. These courses cover everything from languages and IT, to research skills and public engagement, so that you develop skills that you can use in academic and industry. The scheme also enables you to network with other postgraduate research students and is designed to provide you with the resources to maintain the highest levels of research skills.