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Fees and scholarships

How to apply

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for a course at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process.


Fees for undergraduate and Masters courses can be found in our course finder.

Alumni discount for postgraduate fees

If you are applying for a postgraduate course, and have previously studied at Essex, you could be eligible for our Alumni Loyalty Discount on the first year of your postgraduate tuition fees.


We offer many funding opportunities to support undergraduate and postgraduate students, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships.

  • Undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

    We have a range of scholarships and bursaries available for undergraduate students:

  • Postgraduate scholarships and funding

    There are a number of funding opportunities available to postgraduate students both from the University and the Centre which you may be eligible for.

    ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

    Our Centre plays a key role in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre, which offers fully-funded studentships to £18,252 for talented Home/EU postgraduate students. A number of our courses are accredited pathways and eligible for ESRC funding through to doctoral research:

    Scholarships and funding

    University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships

    Our University of Essex Doctoral Scholarships support talented PhD students pushing boundaries in their field of study. There are 34 awards in total to be granted across our Social Sciences, Humanities and Science and Health faculties for 2017. If you have an excellent academic background and the potential for future achievement then you could be eligible.

    Refugee care scholarship funds - The Peter and Michael Hiller Charitable Trust

    Through the generosity of The Peter and Michael Hiller Charitable Trust we are able to offer funding to students wishing to pursue our MA/PhD Refugee Care. Applications for 2017–2018 are now closed.

    For further information please contact ppsdm@essex.

    Refugee care scholarship funds - Artellus Ltd

    Through the generosity of Artellus Limited, an international literary agency, we are able to offer funding to students wishing to pursue our MA/PhD Refugee Care. Applications for 2017 – 2018 are now closed.

    For further information please contact

    University of Essex Silberrad Scholarship

    The University of Essex Silberrad Scholarships are awarded to provide support to former Essex undergraduates with HEU fee status taking research degrees. The Scholarships are funded by a legacy from the Silberrad Estate, which was bequeathed to the University in 2007.

    Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding opportunities

    The AHRC runs an annual competition for postgraduate funding.

    The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust

    The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust was set up in memory of two generations of the Ferguson family to promote their particular interests in education, international friendship and understanding, and the promotion of world peace and development. Postgraduate PhD students, whether from overseas or from the UK, may be awarded a grant to help meet tuition costs, but only in respect of the last year of their course. Grant cheques are not paid to the applicant but to the University.

    Research fund grant

    The Department has a small fund to help our research students with exceptional expenses related to their research. The total amount available is decided each year and is available from the beginning of the financial year (August). Guidelines are included in the handbook, but the principle is whether:

    • the expense is exceptional (not fees or ordinary travel expenses, books, photocopying, etc.)
    • it is essential or very advantageous to your research
    • it adds to the research reputation of the Department, especially its international reputation
    • it enhances your research standing and career prospects.

    We cannot promise to fund all requests, and you must set out your request in writing, with enough detail to make clear how it meets the above criteria and the notes for information on the application form.(.doc)

    Further funding opportunities

  • Student financial support

Undergraduate funding

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer scholarships and bursaries to support talented undergraduates, which have been developed to ensure we remain accessible to all our students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Masters funding

Graduate in gown

Stand out from the crowd in the job market with a Masters. It could be more affordable than you think thanks to our range of Masters scholarships and funding, including our discount for Essex alumni.

Research degree funding

Scientist conducting experiment

Join our internationally recognised research community. We’re home to several doctoral training centres and offer many research degree studentships and scholarships that could make your course fully-funded.

Careers and skills

Careers and skills

We offer a variety of careers support to help with professional development during your time at Essex and with finding employment or further study after you graduate.