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This procedure applies to former undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who are requesting permission to be readmitted to study, having previously left voluntarily or having been required to withdraw from the University.

It does not apply to:

  • students who want to be admitted to study at a higher level after having successfully completed an award at a lower level
  • students who have successfully completed a degree and want to start another degree in a different subject area
  • PGR students - there is a separate readmission process which applies to postgraduate research students

Readmission policy

It is our policy, and part of national HESA rules, that you cannot normally be considered for readmission to the same programme from which you have been required to withdraw, or a similar programme which contained modules you have already taken, for a minimum of two years after you left (with the exception of students who have been required to withdraw for debt).

You can be considered for immediate readmission to a completely different area of study if there are good reasons to indicate that you chose the wrong course originally and there was evidence that you could be successful in a new area. This is subject to the University’s rules relating to the maximum period of study.

How to apply

In order for your request to be considered, please complete the relevant application form.


Please note Despite references to UCAS in the application form, this form is only being used to assess your application for readmission and will not at this stage be processed as a UCAS application. You should still complete this form if you have already submitted a UCAS application for this year, but please give details of your UCAS application in answer to the relevant question.

Please return your completed application form by email to the Undergraduate Admissions Office

You should clearly state ‘readmission request’ in the subject line of your email. Please also include your full name and the title of the course that you wish to be considered for in your email.


Supporting documents

Please read carefully the personal statement and academic reference requirements explained on the relevant form, and ensure that you include these when you return your application form.

Your personal statement should cover the reasons why you wish to be readmitted, and what you have been doing since leaving Essex. If you have studied elsewhere since then, please give full details of the course(s) you studied and the dates of your study.

If you are a recent Essex student and you have not studied elsewhere since leaving Essex, then you will not need to supply a new reference with your application.


The deadlines for the submission of a readmission request are set well in advance of the relevant course start date, as the process can be a lengthy one, especially if a student requires a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

  • start date: September/October 2017 - deadline: 15 July 2017
  • start date: January 2018 - deadline: 30 October 2017
  • start date: April 2018 (PGT students only): deadline: 30 January 2018


Your application will be considered by several departments within the University, so please don’t be concerned if you don’t hear from us immediately. Depending on your case, it may be a number of weeks before you receive a decision. If you have any concerns about the progress of your readmission request please contact:

Complaints against decisions

There is no right of appeal against selection decisions made by the University, including decisions about readmission. Complaints will normally be considered to be valid only where there is evidence of procedural irregularity. In the event that you are dissatisfied with the University’s readmissions process, you can submit a complaint in line with the Complaints policy for applicants (.pdf).