Postgraduate study

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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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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Fees and funding for EU students starting in 2022-2023

Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, the UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting from 2021-2022 onwards will be classed as international students and pay international fees. EU students will also not be eligible for UK Government funding from the 2021-22 academic year (unless you have settled or pre-settled status, for more information please see our changes after Brexit webpage). 

However, we do offer a wide range of other discounts, bursaries and scholarships which may be applicable to you, including our Masters (PGT) EU Scholarship worth up to £5,500.


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.

If you're a talented athlete, we also offer sports scholarships and bursaries in our focus sports, which provides you with coaching and support services, as well as free kit and use of our sports facilities.

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"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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