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Not sure if starting in January is for you?

Here's everything you need to know.

Deciding on what subject to study is hard enough on its own but when you throw in options on when to start your course, it gets even harder. We're here to help. If you're wondering about starting your postgraduate studies in January 2021, we've pulled together some key information that we hope will aid your decision. Take a look and see if January is right for you.

Which Masters courses can I start in January?

    Our Schools and Departments which offer Masters courses that allow you to start in either October or January each year are currently:

    • Essex Business School
    • Department of Mathematical Sciences
    • School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
    • School of Law
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Psychology

    You can see a full list of the specific degrees that have a January-start option further down this page.

    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. Whether you begin in October or January you will qualify with the same degree at the end of your period of study. We have introduced January start dates to help those who have been affected by the current situation 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 September. If you start in January, your studies will end in December. For example, if you start in January 2021, you will complete your course in December 2021.

    If I'm a student coming from the EU, will I be eligible for funding from Student Finance England?

    Yes, you will be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England if you start your course in January 2021. 

    What is the application deadline for a course that starts in January 2021?

    For applicants who will not require a visa to study, as well as applicants who will require a visa to study, but who intend to start their studies online, the deadline is 11 December 2020.

    For applicants who will require a visa to study and will be joining us on campus for the start of term in January, the deadline is 27 November 2020.

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

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