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Pre-Masters courses

We offer an innovative series of Graduate Diplomas which provide an entry route onto a postgraduate course at our University. Our pre-Masters courses are aimed at developing the necessary academic skills and language proficiency to enable you to cope with postgraduate study in the UK.

Progress to a Masters course

Successful completion of one of our pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas will guarantee progression to a relevant Masters course at the University of Essex. With well-established links to other departments, schools and centres at our University, you can feel confident that studying at pre-Masters level will equip you with the necessary skills to succeed on your postgraduate course.

Our pre-Masters Graduate Diploma courses

Our subject-based pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas are ideal if you need to improve your subject knowledge, as well as your English language and study skills, before undertaking a Masters course at our University.

You will study modules within Essex Pathways Department and your chosen academic department, and gain direct experience of study in a relevant discipline. Successful completion of this course will secure your entry to your chosen Masters and also greatly assist if you intend to undertake further doctoral research.


You are eligible to study one of our pre-Masters courses if you have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or have studied for a three-year diploma, but do not meet the entry criteria for a Masters course.

Fees and funding

Individual course fees can be found on our fee finder.

We provide a number of funding opportunities to postgraduate students, which you may be eligible to apply for. Our scholarship finder makes it easy for you to see what other funding is available.

Alumni loyalty fee discount

If you successfully complete one of our pre-Masters courses, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of a discounted fee for alumni.

How to apply

How to apply

Find out how to apply for an Essex Pathways Department course. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process. We will also explain key academic information to help you understand student life at Essex

Fees and scholarships

Find out details about our fees and scholarships. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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