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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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 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!

Find out more about our loyalty discounts and bursary.

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.

Postgraduate loans


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 £11,836 for the 2022-2023 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. You can not get a Postgraduate Master's Loan if you are eligible for an NHS bursary or get nominated for a Social Work Bursary - unless you only get a Placement Travel Allowance. 


The UK Government also offers research degree loans worth up to £27,892 for students starting a doctoral degree course in the 2022-2023 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.

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.

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.

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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