Postgraduate Study

  • Be taught and supported by world-leading academics, have the freedom to ask difficult questions, and a genuine license to take intellectual risks as a postgraduate student at the University of Essex.
  • Join our lively and supportive postgraduate community and immerse yourself in pioneering thinking. If you’re keen to make an impact and change the world around you, welcome home.
  • For over fifty years, we’ve provided a supportive and empowering, research-intense environment, placing us in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence, fourth for social science, and consistently housing the highest-rated politics department in the country.
  • Join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, astronauts, and over 75,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world and share the Essex spirit.
  • Think you’ve got what it takes? To discover your perfect course, visit our online course finder and start exploring now.

What do Postgraduate Students Study?

The 3,350 postgraduate students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%

Domicile

  • UK 50%
  • EU 13%
  • Other 38%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Subjects allied to medicine 29 544 573
Biological sciences 241 308 549
Business & administrative studies 82 427 509
Social studies 155 229 384
Languages 69 165 234
Creative arts & design 27 181 208
Law 50 155 205
Education 2 162 164
Agriculture & related subjects 2 124 126
Historical & philosophical studies 68 58 126
Computer science 55 43 98
Mathematical sciences 33 31 64
Architecture, building & planning 3 44 47
Engineering & technology 23 19 42
Mass communications & documentation 0 10 10
Veterinary science 7 0 7
Physical sciences 3 2 5

Postgraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £5,950–9,950
Mixed -
Laboratory £5,950–11,150
Clinical -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • We understand that money matters, so we’ve developed a comprehensive package of bursaries and scholarships, to make sure all of our students have the potential to succeed.

Accommodation

  • Our range of award-winning accommodation is sure to make you feel at home – there's something to suit every budget and personality.