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.
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 also offer a bursary of £1,000 to Essex alumni who study one of our selected Masters courses. And the bonus is that you can receive this bursary as well as the discount above!
Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, the UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting in 2021-22 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).
If you're a home (UK) student and looking to study a Masters degree, you may be entitled to a UK Government-backed Masters degree loan of up to £11,222 for the 2021-22 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 also offers research degree loans worth up to £26,445 for students starting a doctoral degree course in the 2021-22 academic year. The loan is not means-tested and you may be eligible if you are a UK national. 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.
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
If you're a talented athelete, 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.
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."