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

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Loyalty discounts and bursary

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.

We're also offering a bursary worth £1,000 to Essex graduates who apply for an eligible postgraduate taught course, providinig they are entirely self-funding their studies.

Find out more about our loyalty discounts and bursary.

Fees and funding for EU students starting in 2020-21

We have some great news to share with you! Students from the European Union (EU) who start their postgraduate course in the 2020-21 academic year will eligible for the same fees as 'home' students (ie students who are normally resident in the UK). EU students starting in the 2020-21 academic year will also remain eligible for postgraduate loans to cover their tuition fee throughout their entire degree (see below for more information on these loans). For more information, visit the gov.uk website.

Postgraduate loans


If you're a home or EU student and looking to study a Masters degree, you may be entitled to a government-backed loan of up to £10,906 for the 2020-21 academic year. The loan has no subject restrictions (MBAs are included), isn't means tested (ie is not dependent on your or your family's income), and is available for full-time, part-time and distance learning courses. 


The UK government recently announced the introduction of a new doctoral loan. It is worth up to £25,700 for students starting a doctoral degree course in the 2020-21 academic year. 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. You can apply now. 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 for our postgraduate students. These include our our Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarships, our University Sanctuary Scholarships and The Essex MBA Dean's Award, to name a few.

We also have a number of graduate research opportunities and country-specific funding opportunities

Research training scheme

With our Proficio scheme we give all our research students up to £2,500 funding towards training courses and attending conferences. This funding will enable you to curate your own tailored training plan, developing the skills and knowledge you need to create an outstanding piece of research.

"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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