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 2022-2023

Following the UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, the UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting 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 2021-2022 academic year unless they have been granted 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 Postgraduate Research EU Scholarship worth £8,000.

Postgraduate loans

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD. You may be eligible for up to £27,892 if you are a UK student (or have been granted settled/pre-settled status) and your course starts on or after 1 August 2021.

It is not based on your income or your family’s and it’s paid directly to you. Check out our postgraduate loans page for more information.

Loyalty discounts

If you're an Essex alumni, you can save up to 33% on your postgraduate tuition fees. If you're eligible, the discount will be applied automatically, 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.

Find out more about our loyalty discounts.

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 bursariesWe also have 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.


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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