Postgraduate Research

Fees and funding

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University study is one of the best investments you will ever make. At Essex you are taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intensive environment. Our researchers are daring, visionary thinkers; people who are constantly asking difficult questions. Our research is shaping thinking, and influencing policy.

We're constantly working to make sure you get the best possible student experience. This means re-investing in your future and providing first-class facilities, as well as support packages to ensure that students from all backgrounds can benefit from an Essex Education.

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Save 33% on future tuition fees

If you're currently studying at Essex or have completed a degree with us before, you could save 33% on the first year of both a postgraduate taught course and a research degree.

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Fee statuses

Our admissions team will assess your fee status when you apply to Essex. If you are successful in gaining an offer, your fee status will be confirmed in your offer letter. Visit our fee status page for more information.

Scholarships and other funding

We want talented people from all backgrounds to be able to benefit from an Essex Education, so we offer a range of scholarships and bursariesWe also have country-specific funding opportunities.

We also give all our research students up to £2,500 Proficio 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.

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"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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