Fees and Funding


Black, Arab and Mature Students Bursary


The details
Postgraduate taught

The University of Essex is offering a £500 bursary to black, Arab or mature students who are starting an eligible postgraduate course in academic year 2022-23, who have previously also completed their undergraduate studies at the University of Essex. This applies whether progressing directly or following a gap in study.


You must meet all of the following conditions:

  • the award is available to students who have previously completed their undergraduate studies at the University of Essex and progress to postgraduate study starting in academic year 2021-22
  • students must have an ethnic origin of Black or Arab, or have been classed as a mature student at undergraduate level (students who start their undergraduate degree at 21 or over)
  • students must register for an eligible postgraduate taught course at Essex in October 2022 or January 2023. Eligible courses are those which are full-time or part-time, leading to the degree of MA, MSc, MBA, LLM, MFA, MAPH, or MRes
  • students must be entirely self-funding all of their tuition fee
  • the award is open to applicants on the full-time and part-time programmes

How to apply

The bursary will be automatically applied using the information provided at the point of registration for your postgraduate study. For mature students, we will identify you by your mature status during your undergraduate study.

The award will be paid directly to you as a £500 bursary payment in the first year of study only.

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.

Black, Arab and Mature Students Bursary - 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.