Fees and Funding


Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship


The details
Postgraduate taught
All departments (excluding East 15)

If you're an international student, took your undergraduate degree overseas or in the UK and are self-funding your postgraduate studies, you could be eligible for a scholarship worth up to £5,000, paid as a discount on your tuition fee. 


  • These scholarships are restricted to students who are overseas fee payers and are entirely self-funded*. They are not available to students who are fully or partly sponsored.
  • These scholarships may be awarded to students who have completed relevant school or university studies in one of the specified countries, and in the case of the UK, who are domiciled in one of the other specifiedcountries.
  • Awards made by an institution based in one of the specified countries above, but delivered in another country, will also be eligible.
  • Students must have been awarded an undergraduate degree (this includes integrated Masters degrees) with the grade specified or above. A higher Masters grade cannot be taken to compensate for a lower Bachelors grade.
  • Eligible courses are those which are full-time taught Masters courses leading to MA, MSc, LLM and MRes degrees and start in October 2022 and January 2023.▪Only one scholarship award can be made per student and the award cannot be held in conjunction with any other University of Essex scholarships.
  • This scholarship is available for the first year of Masters study only.
  • Successful applicants should be available for promotional activities.

* Students receiving a repayable loan to fund their studies will be considered as self-funded.

If you have a degree from any of the following countries, please check the academic requirements below to see if you could be eligible.

Country Academic requirement  Scholarship award 
Argentina 7.5/10  £4,000
Azerbaijan  Equivalent to UK 2.2 who graduate from institutions in Azerbaijan regardless of whether institution is Azeri  £4,000
Bahrain CGPA 3.0 or above


Bangladesh CGPA 3.2 / 60% / B in a 4-year degree £5,000
Brazil 75/100 or 7.5/10 or B+   £4,000
Bolivia 75/100 £4,000
Cambodia CGPA 3.2 or above  £4,000
Canada A, or CGPA 3.5/4, or CGPA 8/9, or 85% (where pass mark is 60%), or 84% (where pass mark is 50%) £3,000
Chile 75% £3,000
China 75% or CGPA 2.7/4 from Tier 1, 80% or CGPA 3.2/4 from Tier 2 universities   £2,500
Colombia 4/5 £4,000
Costa Rica 8/10 £4,000
Dominican Republic 85% or CGPA 3.50 £4,000
Ecuador 8/10 £4,000
El Salvador 7.5/10 £4,000
Ghana CGPA 3.0/4.0 or above £4,000
Guatemala Public Universities 70% / Private Universities 80%   £4,000
Hong Kong CGPA 3/0 or above £2,000
Tier 1 and 2 - 60% or CGPA 6.5/10, or CGPA 2.6/4
Tier 1 and 2 - 55% or CGPA 6/10, or CGPA 2.4/4 £3,000
Tiers 3 - 65% or CGPA 7.5/10 or CGPA 3/4 £5,000
Tiers 3 - 60% or CGPA 7/10 of CGPA 2.8/4 £3,000
Indonesia CGPA 3.0 or above £4,000
Iran 14/20  £4,500
Japan B or CGPA 2.5/4 £4,000
Jordan CGPA 3.0 or above  £3,000
Kazakhstan 5 (excellent) OR 3.75/4.0, 4/4.33 and 4.0/5.0 £3,000
Lebanon 16/20 £3,000 
Malaysia CGPA 3.25 or above  £4,000
Mauritius Equivalent to UK 1st   £4,000
Equivalent to UK 2.1   £3,000
Mexico 80% £4,000
Nepal 70% (first division) or CGPA 3.5/4  £5,000
65% (first division) or CGPA 3/4 £3,000
Nicaragua 80%  £4,000
Nigeria CGPA 3/5 or above or 2.50/4  £4,000
Norway £3,000 
Pakistan 65% or above, where pass mark is 33%, or 70% or above, where pass mark is 50%,or 80% or above where the pass mark is 60%, or CGPA 3.00 or above £5,000
63% or above, where pass mark is 33%, or 65% or above, where pass mark is 50%, or 75% or above where the pass mark is 60%, or CGPA 2.90 or above £4,500
60% or above where pass mark is 33%, or 60% or above where the pass mark is 50%, or 70% or above where the pass mark is 60%, or CGPA 2.80 or above 
49% or above where pass mark is 33%, or 55% or above where the pass mark is 50%, or 65% or above where the pass mark is 60%, or CGPA 2.60 or above  £3,000
Panama B or 81% £4,000
Paraguay 80% or 4/5 £4,000
Peru 15/20 £4,000
Philippines CGPA 1.5, in an Undergraduate degree awarded by University of Philippines or University of Santo Tomas £4,000
CGPA 3.5 in an Undergraduate degree awarded by Ateneo de Manila University or De La Salle University
Russia CGPA 4.5 or above
Singapore GPA 3.25/4.0 or above £2,000
South Korea CGPA 3.0/4 or 3.20/4.5
CGPA 2.75/4 or 3.00/4.5   £2,500
Sri Lanka A or 1st £5,000
B+ or 2:1 £3,000
Taiwan 70% (national institution), or 75% (other institution) £3,000
Thailand CGPA 3.5 or above £5,000
CGPA 3.0 or above  £4,000
CGPA 2.75 or above
Turkey CGPA 3.00+ or 75%
Uruguay 8.5/12 £4,000
USA CGPA 3.25 or above
Venezuela 15/20 £4,000
Vietnam CGPA 8/10 or above
CGPA 7/10 or above

*excluding ITESM partnership funded students

If you are domiciled in one of the countries listed above, you have a degree from a recognised UK university, other than Essex, with First Class or Upper Second Class Honours and you meet the eligibility criteria laid out in the terms and conditions below, the award amount will be £2,000.

How to apply

We'll assess your eligibility based on the information that you submit with your application for your place at Essex.

If you meet all the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be awarded this scholarship. You don't need to complete an application form.

Payment arrangements

These scholarships will only be made available as a reduction on the tuition fee that is payable on registration at the University. Payment cannot be offset against a tuition fee deposit if one is required.   

Full details

Please read the full terms and conditions for your entry year before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

Academic Excellence International Masters Scholarship - Terms and conditions for 2022-2023 entry (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.