Masters study

Start a Masters course in January

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Impatient to get started?

We have a range of Masters courses which allow you to start in January. We recognise that everyone's personal circumstances are different, so starting in January instead of the more traditional October may work out better for you.

Which courses are available with a January-start?

We currently offer a range of Masters courses with a January-start option from the following academic departments:

Scroll down this page to view all of the courses that are available.

What can I expect if I am starting my course in January 2023?

For the most up-to-date information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the University and our plans for future academic years, please visit our COVID-19 pages for applicants.

Why start in January instead of October?

When you choose to start your Masters degree is entirely up to you and what suits your personal needs best. Starting your degree in January may just be more convenient for you than starting in October (which is the traditional time to start a Masters degree at Essex).

Whether you begin in October or January, you will qualify with the same degree at the end of your period of study. We recently introduced January starts to help those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and those who wish to start their studies later to accommodate personal circumstances such as travelling from another country.

Will I still graduate with a full Masters qualification? 

Yes, both October and January start dates will enable you to graduate with the same qualification.

Do the January-start courses end at the same time as the October-start versions?

No, if you begin your course in October, your studies will finish the following October. If you start in January, your studies will end the following January. For example, if you start in January 2023, you will complete your course in January 2024.

How can I apply for a course that starts in January?

Applications for courses which start in January 2022 have closed. Applications for courses which start in January 2023 will be open soon. Please check back here to find out more information when it is confirmed.

Learn more about how to apply to Essex and other important things to consider.

Can I apply for accommodation and live on campus?

There will be limited accommodation available for all full-time postgraduate students who are starting their course in January. 

Once you have received and accepted an offer of study from the University, you will be able to apply for accommodation on campus. Aim to get this done as soon as possible to secure your preferred option. Take a look at the range of options available for postgraduate students, which includes North Towers, The Meadows and University Quays at our Colchester Campus and University Square at our Southend Campus. If you would like to virtually look around our Colchester Campus and accommodation, check out our virtual tour.

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