Postgraduate Research

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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Fees and funding for EU students starting in 2020-21

We have some great news to share with you! Students from the European Union (EU) who start their postgraduate course in the 2020-21 academic year will eligible for the same fees as 'home' students (ie students who are normally resident in the UK). EU students starting in this year will also remain eligible for postgraduate loans to cover their tuition fee throughout their entire degree (see below for more information on these loans). This will apply regardless of Brexit. For more information, visit the website.

New research degree loans

The UK government recently announced the introduction of a new doctoral loan. It is worth up to £25,700 for students starting a doctoral degree course in the 2019-20 academic year. The loan is not means-tested and you may be eligible if you are a UK or EU national who is ordinarily resident in the UK. 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. You can apply now. Further information, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the website.

Loyalty discounts

If you're an Essex alumni you can save up to 33% on your fees. We also offer a 10% discount if you previously studied at Essex on a study abroad programme for at least one term. If you're eligible, the discount will be applied automatically for you. But if you have not yet received your final results at the point that you start your new course, you’ll be awarded the minimum 10% discount initially. If, when your final results are confirmed, you become eligible for a higher discount, this will then be applied to your tuition fees.

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.

We also have country-specific funding opportunities.


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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Fees and funding team For advice on research degree fees and funding, email our funding team, who are always happy to answer any questions you may have.