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University of Essex

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Specialist Masters courses

A Masters course is an academically rigorous one-year programme during which you explore your chosen subject area in greater depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge in a short time. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate in the subject area. 

We offer courses on both our Colchester and Southend campuses, and have more than 80 academic staff and almost 30 administrative and support staff.  For further information view our Masters brochure (pdf 6.2KB) and below is our course listing.

Our students

We are the largest School in the University of Essex with more than 1,750 students of which more than 350 are postgraduates.  We are proud to be a truly international business school with two-thirds of our students, and nearly half our staff, coming from outside the UK.

We try to ensure that a postgraduate student's experience at the School is both academically successful and socially rewarding. Our students are, therefore, encouraged to actively participate in EBS Society as well as various the activities organised by the School and by the Employability and Careers Centre of the University.

Important information 

  • Entry requirements

    Academic entry requirements

    We require you to have a 1st, 2:1 or high 2:2 from a UK bachelor degree or equivalent.   If you have studied in a country other than the UK please see our international student entry requirement page for more details.  Some of our degrees require you to have studied specific subject areas in your bachelor degree.  See our Masters brochure, page 39, for more information. 

    For more information about postgraduate study at the University of Essex, visit our online prospectus.

    Don't meet our academic entry requirements?

    Pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas

    If you are an EU or international student and do not meet our standard entry requirements for our masters courses, the University of Essex International Academy offers pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas for you to improve your academic and English language level.  Successful completion of one of our pre-Masters Graduate Diplomas will guarantee progression to an Essex Business School masters course.   

    English language entry requirements

    If English is not your first language, we ask you to provide evidence of your abilty to understand and express yourself in English for academic purposes. If your score is less than two years old in an internationally recognised test, such as IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic, please supply a copy when making your application.

    Our general IELTS requirements are 6.5 overall (5.5 in each component).  Our MSc Management, MSc International Management and MSc Marketing and Brand Management requirements are 6.5 overall (6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each component).  The Essex MBA English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 (6.0 in each component).

    We implement the following score equivalence:

    IELTS TOEFL (ibt) Pearson
    6.5 88 60

    Don't meet our English language entry requirements? 

    Pre-sessional English language programme

    If you meet the academic level for your course but not the English language requirements please see our pre-sessional English language programme for details of how to raise your English language level.  

  • How to apply

    To apply for our masters and MBA courses, complete our online application form. This will take about 20 minutes and you will be required to upload supporting documentation.

    For enquiries relating to the application process e-mail: ebsenq@essex.ac.uk

  • Funding

    The University has created a Reference Guide for all the funding options available to you.


    There are a variety of scholarships available for postgraduate study.  For full information, please go to our Scholarships page.

  • International students

    We have a long history of welcoming international students onto our courses and the University of Essex has lots of information available to introduce you to studying at the University and in the UK.  This resource will provide you with all the information you need concerning visas, immigration and any other pre-arrival support you may need.

    As a newly registered international student, you will be offered additional English language support to help you complete your masters course.

Contact us

Colchester based courses enquiries should be directed to Jeannette Marshall, Postgraduate Administrator for Taught Courses e-mail: ebspgtad@essex.ac.uk

Southend based coursee enquiries should be directed to Alex Nicholls, Postgraduate Administrator e-mail: ebspgsce@essex.ac.uk