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How Essex supports your future

When applying for University you might not have your future mapped out, but it’s important to know that we're here for you every step of the way.

Not meaning to wish away your time with us, but we know the importance of preparing you for life after graduation, which is why at Essex we do everything we can to help you achieve your goals. We will support you not only when you are a student at Essex, but as a graduate too, helping you to achieve your career aspirations, connecting you to employers and preparing you for your future beyond University or your undergraduate degree.

Preparing you for future study

Once you have completed your undergraduate studies we still have more to offer you, whether you’re looking to start your next adventure immediately, or if you’ve had some time away and are hungry to return, at Essex we’ve got a postgraduate course for you.

If you want to get ahead and discover what studying a postgraduate degree at Essex is like, join us at our on-campus and virtual events.


Find out more about postgraduate progression


Build your CV and gain valuable skills and work experience

At  Essex, we pride ourselves on our first-class business links. We are even the number 1 university in the UK for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme. The KTP scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow by working directly with University academics and graduates. 

We have business links in a variety of different departments across the organisation and work directly with businesses such as:

  • BT
  • Mondaq
  • Mersea Homes
  • Profusion Media
  • Provide
  • Railscape
  • Sea-kit
  • And many more - We have 40 KTPs across eight academic departments

Online job portal and support after you graduate

As an Essex student, you'll have access to CareerHub, where you can search for jobs and internships; book on to employability events and workshops; and book careers-related appointments with our advisers.

You'll also have access to CareerHub after you graduate and become an Essex Alum too.

As an Essex graduate, you'll also have access to Generation Essex our careers support package for final year undergraduates and graduates - we'll support you for 15 months after you graduate. We also have a range of support for graduates beyond too. 

Alumni discount

We highly value our alumni at Essex, up to 33% fee reduction scholarships are available to graduates looking to stay on with us or return for postgraduate study through our fee discount scheme. You are eligible even if you study abroad here or have a spouse / partner studying here as a full-time international student. This token can be spent on one year of postgraduate study at either Masters or PhD level!

Black, Arab and mature students (BAME) scholarship 

Essex offers a comprehensive variety of scholarships to our students. A £500 bursary is being offered to black, Arab or mature students progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study in the academic year 2022-23.

Rising Stars

Celebrating diversity and giving every study the same opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential regardless of their background, ethnicity, or disability.

Sadly, many students often find there are consistent gaps in their degree outcomes to their peers, through no fault of their own. We created Rising Stars to face this challenge head on, to ensure that each individual feels represented, empowered and confident in the possibilities and potential of what they can achieve. As a Rising Star, you’ll have access to a year-long programme of events featuring inspirational guest speakers, a variety of personal and professional development opportunities, and a network of peers and professionals.