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Masters courses

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Search our courses and find the right course for you. At Essex you can show your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, and develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.

Postgraduate Fortnight
20 February - 3 March 2017

Explore your postgraduate options during Postgraduate Fortnight - two weeks of events both online and at our Colchester Campus.

Our range of courses is constantly evolving to ensure that everything you study here is relevant and innovative. Whatever your chosen subject, you'll find a range of Masters courses taught by top academics.

Our courses are academically rigorous. You explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge in a short time, and you produce work that is informed by current thinking and debate. You'll also be able to engage with our wider research environment and have your work read.

Masters loans now available

Masters courses have never been more accessible. UK and EU students can now apply for loans to help with course fees and living costs.

Our prospectus

Studying at Essex gives you an opportunity to develop your own ideas and interests, and to engage with global thinking and ground-breaking research. You'll gain key employability skills and knowledge to enable you to enter a wide variety of jobs.

On successful completion of your Masters course, you may want to begin a research degree. Many who graduate from Essex choose to stay with us for further study. Some of our Masters courses may be taken as the first part of an Integrated PhD, leading to your PhD after a further three years of full-time study and research.

Types of courses

  • Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MSc)

    By far the most popular postgraduate qualification, a taught Masters degree is designed to develop your knowledge of a specific subject and boost your career prospects.

    Although course content usually includes an element of independent research, the emphasis is on learning by teaching. An MA usually covers humanities subjects while MScs are awarded in scientific disciplines.

  • Master of Business (MBA)

    An MBA is the most widely recognised business degree in the world. The Essex MBA give you first-rate skills and knowledge of business management practice.

  • Master of Fine Art (MFA)

    A creative degree at the same level as an MA or MSc, MFAs traditionally include a strong practical element. Our MFAs are delivered by our East 15 Acting School.

  • Master of Law (LLM)

    An LLM allows you to become a specialist in a particular area of law. It can be a useful stepping stone to a PhD or solicitor / barrister training programmes.

  • Masters of Research (MRes)

    An MRes is delivered at the same level as an MSc. Although course content includes some teaching, the emphasis is on learning by independent research. The MRes is a good choice if you wish to pursue a PhD or career in academic research.

  • Certificates and Diplomas

    Our pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas act as conversion, giving you the ability to proceed to a Masters course in a different area of study.

    Our Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas consist of the modules and assessed work of a Masters, without the dissertation element.


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Part-time study

Most of our taught courses are available part-time to UK and EU applicants. Tuition fees are proportionate to the full-time rate. Part-time study is normally on a half-time basis, with your course completed in twice the duration of the full-time equivalent.

Some of our taught courses, including The Essex MBA, can also be studied on a modular basis, so that the total volume of credit for the award is accumulated over an extended period (up to six years).

How to apply

Applying to Essex is simple and straightforward using our online application form. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. We'll give you all the important information you need to make your application.

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PG Fortnight events

20 February to 3 March 2017
Two weeks of events for you to explore your options for postgraduate study. Speak to academics, explore our courses and facilities, and learn about funding options.