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Masters scholarships and funding

Loans

You could be eligible to receive a postgraduate loan towards course fees and living costs.

Alumni loyalty discount

If you're an Essex graduate, you could be eligible for our alumni loyalty discount.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to make funding your studies easier. Our main awards are listed below and you can search our Scholarship Finder to see what else you might be eligible for.

Scholarship or bursary name Who it's for
Santander Scholarships Students from certain countries (including UK)
Africa Scholarship Programme Students from African nations
Sports scholarships and bursaries Students with outstanding sporting ability
Essex Business School MBA scholarships Essex MBA students
Essex Society for Family History Award Masters students in our Department of History
Friends of Historic Essex Fellowship Masters students in our Department of History
Schools Membership Plus fee discount Members of staff at our Schools Membership Plus institutions

Scholarships from other organisations

Scholarship or bursary name Who it's for
British Council Scholarships (external site) International students
Chevening Scholarships (external site) International students from eligible countries
Civil Society Leadership Award (external site) International students from eligible countries
Commonwealth Scholarship - Developing Countries (external site) International students from eligible countries
Marshall Scholarships (external site) US citizens
HESPAL Scholarships (external site) Palestinian Territories resident citizens
Said Foundation Scholarships (external site) International students from eligible countries

Other sources of funding

  • Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

    Our University currently subscribes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This independent guide to financing postgraduate study can be an invaluable tool to anyone considering study beyond undergraduate level. The Guide is free to use for our current and prospective students.

    If you’re a prospective student, you’ll need our PIN to be able to access the resource. Please email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk to receive this.

  • US student loans

    If you're a US student you could be eligible to take out a US direct loan.

  • Professional and Career Development Loans

    Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow £300 to £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).

    The government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

    This loan is a commercial product and should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.

    The government provides further information on Professional and Career Development Loans. For other advice regarding financial assistance or support you can also contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is: 2877.

    If you obtain a Career Development Loan to pay for your tuition fees but it isn't enough to cover them in full, you'll need to pay any shortfall yourself in three termly instalments.

  • Graduate loans

    You might be able to apply for a graduate loan, either from your own or another high street bank. Make sure you compare the various packages on offer to find out which is best for you. A first step is to look online for sites which do this for you and then make an appointment to talk to the local branch of the banks which interest you. Don't be put off if you already have an existing overdraft. Many banks will now take on the responsibility of this is you are taking out a graduate loan.

  • Charitable trusts and grants

    Information about charities and trusts that offer awards and sponsorship to students and their application procedures can be found in the Educational Grants Directory and The Grants Register. Copies of these are available in our Albert Sloman Library, as well as in most public libraries.

    You can also try a grants search at Turn2us. Use the keyword "higher education" and then narrow your search by filling in other information about yourself.

    Many charities and trusts are only able to award a small number of grants each year, so competition can be fierce. To be in with the best chance of receiving an award it is a good idea to:

    • research charities and trusts carefully as they may have eligibility requirements (eg based on your area of residence, family background and subject area)
    • apply as soon as possible (many give deadlines for applications)

  • East 15 Acting School - charitable trusts and grants

    Funding for Acting and Drama courses can be limited and competition for grants is fierce, but it’s worth looking at the sources of funding above as well as these, which are aimed specifically at students in your field:

    For ideas of how to secure additional funding take a look at Damian Gaskin’s booklet ‘How to Raise £40,000 and train at Drama School’ (.pdf). (The author has asked you to bear in mind that this was written in 1996, well before all the fundraising advances that the internet and social media have given you and so needs to be read in that context. Please do not contact the author himself for sponsorship!)

    You can also take a look at Degrees For Free which has some useful and interesting ideas for fundraising and money-saving. (There is a book of the same name, but don’t feel compelled to buy it, the website is useful in its own right!)

  • Sponsorship

    Some companies offer to sponsor students and this is becoming an increasingly common source of funding in certain subject areas, primarily the sciences. Some firms will also consider finance-related disciplines such as accountancy and business studies.

    Financial assistance offered by a company will usually be accompanied by work experience which you might be asked to undertake during your holidays or after graduation.

    More information about sponsorship can be found in Sponsorship for Students published by Hobsons.

  • Hardship loans

    We and the Students' Union both offer hardship loans if you are experiencing financial difficulty.


What our students say

In this video our postgraduate students from around the world speak about the scholarships they have secured and how this support has helped them continue their studies.