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Apply to study at Essex

When should I apply?

When should I apply?

Make sure you don't miss important UCAS deadlines and other dates for your diary. If you're applying from the UK or another EU country, you should apply by 15 January. Students outside the EU should apply no later than 30 June.

If you would like more information about any of our courses before making your application, please email us.



In addition to the standard information required for postgraduate courses, you will also need to send:

  • one academic reference;
  • a sample of written academic work (MA applications only); or
  • a sample of creative writing or playwriting (MA Creative Writing, MA Playwriting, PhD Creative Writing, PhD Theatre Studies (Playwriting) only); and
  • a research proposal of 1000 words and an indicative bibliography (research degrees only, including those with a creative practice component).

PhD applicants

  • Interview

    If you are shortlisted for an offer to pursue doctoral research in our School you will be asked to attend an interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess your ability to communicate your project and your previous research experience beyond the written page. It also gives you the opportunity to pose questions about the research environment in our Department. The interview will last 30 minutes, and will involve the Graduate Director and/or prospective supervisor, and the graduate administrator.

Open days

Book a place at one of our open days to see for yourself what we offer. Academic and support staff will be available to answer your questions, while a campus tour with our current students allows you to view our facilities and accommodation.

Non-UK applicants

Undergraduate Routes

Are you applying to Essex from elsewhere in the EU or world? Find out more about our entry requirements and get answers to any admission questions that you have before you start and during your application process.

PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).