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.

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.

New research degree loans

The UK government recently announced the introduction of a new doctoral loan worth up to £25,000. For postgraduate doctoral courses such as PhDs, the loan will be available from 2018 entry. The loan is not means-tested and you may be eligible if you are a UK or EU national who is ordinarily resident in the UK. You must be aged under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of the course and not have a Research Council studentship. Applications are due to open in summer 2018. Further information, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the gov.uk website.

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.

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.

"When I emailed an Essex lecturer to discuss my ideas, they explained that my area of research (domestic abuse) would lend itself to collaborative funding. They suggested I speak to my current employer, Essex County Council (ECC), to see whether I could secure collaborative funding from ESRC and ECC. They helped me to turn my proposal into a collaborative application, and with the support from my manager at ECC I got the agreement from my director to give me the funding."
Ruth Weir Phd criminology
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Fees and funding team For advice on research degree fees and funding, email our funding team, who are always happy to answer any questions you may have.