Students Staff

Further study

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.

Further study can deepen your knowledge of your subject or broaden your understanding and help you enter a different arena. First, you need a clear understanding of what postgraduate study entails and the variety of options available.

Our Destinations website offers information about postgraduate directions and is an ideal place to start researching your options. Log in to Destinations using your University of Essex ID and password.

Stay another day at Essex

If you're thinking about staying at Essex, speak to your chosen department, school or centre for more advice. We offer our graduates, and former study abroad students, an alumni loyalty discount on your postgraduate study tuition fee.

Study in the UK

There are many ways to find out about other institutions and courses in the UK. Check out our information on seeking Postgraduate study (.pdf)

Postgraduate study

Retaking GCSEs or A Levels

Professional training and qualifications

Study outside the UK

Make use of our information and resources for further study outside the UK.

Funding postgraduate study

Postgraduate study can be expensive, but you may be able to get a bursary, scholarship or Research Council grant.

Other external websites

How to apply

Some postgraduate paths are extremely popular so you may need to start preparing your application well in advance. You will need to demonstrate a genuine interest in and commitment to your chosen subject, as well as suitable skills and experience.

Take care to research the closing dates for applications as these can be quite early, especially for law and teacher training.

Personal statements

You are likely to be asked for a personal statement outlining your experience, commitment and skills.
The Student Room offers useful tips for personal statements.

League tables and quality assessment


The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) audits the quality of UK higher education institutions. Their site has reports on institutions as well as older, subject-level reports.


The UK higher education funding councils (HEFCE and others) assess research. The results of the Research Assessment Framework (REF) are useful indicators for postgraduate study.