We offer an innovative series of Graduate
Diplomas which provide an entry route onto a
postgraduate course at our University. Our pre-Masters courses are aimed at
developing the necessary academic skills and language proficiency to enable
you to cope with postgraduate study in the UK.
Progress to a Masters course
Successful completion of one of our pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas will
guarantee progression to a relevant Masters course at the University of Essex. With
well-established links to other departments, schools and centres at our
University, you can feel confident that studying at pre-Masters level will
equip you with the necessary skills to succeed on your postgraduate course.
Our pre-Masters Graduate Diploma courses
Our subject-based pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas are ideal if
you need to improve your subject knowledge, as well as your
English language and study skills, before undertaking a Masters
course at our University.
You will study modules within Essex Pathways Department and
your chosen academic department, and gain direct experience of
study in a relevant discipline. Successful completion of this
course will secure your entry to your chosen Masters and also
greatly assist if you intend to undertake further doctoral
You are eligible to study one of our pre-Masters courses if you have
graduated with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or have studied for a
three-year diploma, but do not meet the entry criteria for a Masters course.
Fees and funding
Individual course fees can be found on our fee finder.
We provide a number of funding opportunities to postgraduate students, which
you may be eligible to apply for. Our scholarship finder
makes it easy for you to see what other funding is available.
Alumni loyalty fee discount
If you successfully complete one of our pre-Masters courses, you will have the
opportunity to take advantage of a discounted fee for
How to apply
Find out how to apply for an Essex Pathways Department course. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application
process. We will also explain key academic information to help you understand student life at Essex
Fees and scholarships
Find out details about our fees and scholarships. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please
do not hesitate to contact us.
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