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Scholarships and bursaries

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Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you a unique opportunity to work alongside an academic on a research project. You will learn new skills which will enhance your CV and you will be paid a bursary.

Undergraduates

We charge £9,000 a year for all our undergraduate courses and have developed a comprehensive package of bursaries and scholarships to ensure all of our students have the potential to succeed, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Tuition fees have also been abolished for students spending a full year abroad studying or on an employer placement. This opportunity has been introduced on the majority of our courses as we believe this experience enhances your learning and widens your opportunities upon graduation. Note this only applies to students on four-year degrees.

Our main scholarships and bursaries for students registering for the 2014-15 academic year are outlined below as are those for students who started in 2012-13 and those joining us in 2013-14.

You can also use our scholarship finder to find out about funding opportunities that are available.

2014 entry

Details on scholarships and bursaries for students starting in the academic year 2014-15.

  • University of Essex NSP Bursary 2014-15

    We are offering students entering the University in 2014 a generous support package with a range of options based on meeting financial need. Our participation in the Government's National Scholarship Programme (NSP) enables self-supporting students or those from low-income families to come to University.

    Our NSP Bursary has been revised to reflect changes in Government funding for the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) for 2014-15 entrants announced on the 28 November 2013. However we are committed to providing generous support packages to our students and are therefore taking steps to minimise any impact on our students.

    Year one

    • A cash bursary of £1,000 plus your choice of University services to the value of £1,000, or
    • Your choice of University services to the value of £2,000 (see terms and conditions (.pdf) for details).

    Year two

    • £1,000 cash bursary.

    Year three

    • £500 cash bursary.

    Who is eligible?

    You must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be eligible for UK (home) fees and ordinarily resident in England (overseas and EU students are not eligible);
    • have an annual household income of up to £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance England;
    • applied through UCAS to study a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Essex with first enrolment 2014-15;
    • be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award;
    • have received an offer of admission for entry in 2014; and
    • have made a means-tested application to Student Finance England with the University of Essex as your chosen institution and have given your consent to the sharing of financial details.

    Students not eligible

    Under the national eligibility criteria of the NSP, the following students are not eligible for the award, regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree);
    • students transferring in from another UK higher education institution;
    • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification;
    • part-time students studying at less than 25 per cent intensity of the full-time equivalent; and
    • any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above you will automatically be awarded the University of Essex NSP Bursary and you will be notified by the end of August 2014. You do not need to complete an application form.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Academic Excellence Scholarship 2014-15

    Our University is awarding scholarships of £2,000 for each year of study at Essex for UK and EU fee status students entering the University for the first time in 2014 who achieve academic excellence in their entry qualifications. The scholarship is available for each year of undergraduate degree study based at our University. Receipt of the scholarship in second and subsequent years is subject to satisfactory academic performance.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be eligible for UK (home) or EU fees (overseas students are not eligible);
    • have received an offer of admission for entry to the University of Essex for 2014;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2014-15;
    • have applied for a financial assessment to Student Finance England or other UK student funding provider with the University of Essex as your chosen institution and have given consent to the sharing of your financial details; and
    • obtain AAB or equivalent in your BTEC or Access to HE Diploma (see terms and conditions (.pdf) for details).

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree); and
    • students transferring into the first or second year from another UK higher education institution.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will automatically be awarded the University of Essex Academic Excellence Scholarship and you will be notified by the end of August 2014. You do not need to complete an application form.

    Where do I find further information?


  • 50th Anniversary Scholarships

    We are offering students entering the University in 2014 a departmental support package to help you get started in your first year. This award is available to all UK/EU full time undergraduate students in participating departments who choose the University of Essex as their firm choice with UCAS by 26 June 2014.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • Be eligible for home or EU fees
    • Be in your first year of study for a full-time undergraduate degree course* at the start of the award
    • Have received an offer of admission for entry to one of the departments participating in this scheme (as published on our website) for 2014 Have selected the University of Essex as your first choice or conditional firm with UCAS by 26 June 2014
    • Have confirmed your place at the University of Essex by end of September 2014
    • Have registered at the University of Essex for first enrolment in 2014-15

    * Courses leading to the award of a Diploma of Higher Education, Foundation Degree, Bachelors Degree, Integrated Masters (four years)

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for this award regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • Students funded by the NHS
    • Students directly continuing from one course to another (eg from Foundation year)
    • Students transferring in to the first or second year from another UK Higher Education institution
    • Students with direct entry into the second year

    How do I apply?

    Provided you meet the eligibility criteria above, you will automatically qualify for this award and we will contact you with further information once your place has been confirmed with the University in the summer. There is no requirement to complete an application form.

    How will I be notified?

    After the deadline has passed, you will be notified via email to confirm you are a recipient of this award. Subsequent to this, you will receive a further email in September providing you with details of how you can claim your reward. Please note, we will be contacting you using the email address you have registered with the University of Essex. If this email account is invalid, please contact the Admissions Team to update your details on our system.

    What happens if I intermit?

    If you choose to intermit during your course, there is no requirement to return the rewards of this scholarship (eg textbooks) but you should notify us at ugrecruit@essex.ac.uk

    What happens if I withdraw from my course?

    If you do not register with us in October 2014 you will not be entitled to receive anything under this award. If you withdraw from your studies or are required to withdraw before the end of your first year you will be asked to return the textbooks and any remaining credit or vouchers to the department. These will be recycled within the University for the use of other students.

    Can I hold this with other awards?

    This Scholarship may be held in conjunction with other University awards. For example you can also receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship if you are eligible for this.

    How will I receive my award offerings?

    The materials in relation to this award will be purchased in advance of your arrival at the University of Essex and distributed to all eligible students once registered at the University of Essex. The collection of your reward will take place during Welcome Week. On collection, you will be required to produce your student identification card and provide a signature as confirmation that you have collected your items. Further details regarding how you can redeem your award will be sent by email in September.

    Dispute resolution

    Acceptance of the bursary constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions. Registered students should contact our Conversion Officer, Natasha Winsor (ugrecruit@essex.ac.uk) in the first instance for guidance regarding this award. In cases not covered by the above terms and conditions, or where a student claims exceptional circumstances, or disputes a decision not to make payments due under a scholarship or bursary, final appeals on decisions regarding eligibility must be made via the Student Complaints process. The Academic Registrar or his/her nominee will review the case and his/her decision will be final.

    Award termination

    Your scholarship will be terminated if you cease to be registered as a student with the University, or for good cause at the discretion of the Dean of the student’s Faculty, or his/her nominee for this purpose.

    Promotion and use of data

    By accepting the scholarship, recipients are giving the University permission to use their details for promotional purposes and may be asked to provide a case study which may be used in University publications or on the website.

    What if I change course?

    If you decide to change your course, you will be eligible for the scholarship offered by your new department subject to meeting the conditions stated above. Your previous award will then become void and you will only be entitled to the items related to your new course. If you have collected any items from your previous department’s award, these will need to be returned to the University before you can redeem the benefits of your new department’s award. In addition, you must change your course no later than Friday 10 October 2014.

    Other conditions

    The collection of this scholarship is subject to a strict deadline. If you have not collected your items by Friday 12 December 2014, the items will be retained by the Communications and External Relations Section.

    NOTE: These terms and conditions apply to 50th Anniversary Scholarships awarded to students first enrolling with the University in the academic year 2014-15. The University of Essex reserves the right to update these terms and conditions as necessary.


  • International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship 2014-15

    Our University is awarding scholarships of £2,000 to students entering the University for the first time in 2014 who achieve academic excellence in their International Baccalaureate. The scholarship is available for the first year of undergraduate degree study only.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • have received an offer of admission for entry to the University of Essex for 2014;
    • have registered for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2014-15;
    • be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award; and
    • have obtained 34 points or above in the International Baccalaureate.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree); and
    • students transferring into the first or second year from another UK higher education institution.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will automatically be awarded the International Baccalaureate Excellence Scholarship and you will be notified by the end of August 2014. You do not need to complete an application form.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Romanian Partnership Bursary 2014-15

    Our University is awarding a bursary of £1,000 for students from Romania entering the University for the first time in 2014. The bursary is available for the first year of undergraduate degree study only.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be a national of Romania;
    • be ordinarily resident in Romania (see terms and conditions (.pdf) for the definition of ordinary residence);
    • have received an offer of admission for entry to the University of Essex for 2014;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2014-15; and
    • be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the bursary regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree); and
    • students transferring into the first or second year from another UK higher education institution.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will automatically be awarded the Romanian Partnership Bursary and you will be notified by the end of August 2014. You do not need to complete an application form.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Lithuanian Partnership Bursary 2014-15

    Our University is awarding a bursary of £1,000 for students from Lithuania entering Essex for the first time in 2014. The bursary is available for the first year of undergraduate degree study only.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be a national of Lithuania;
    • be ordinarily resident in Lithuania (see terms and conditions (.pdf) for the definition of ordinary residence);
    • have received an offer of admission for entry to the University of Essex for 2014;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2014-15; and
    • be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the bursary regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree); and
    • students transferring into the first or second year from another UK higher education institution.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will automatically be awarded the Lithuanian Partnership Bursary and you will be notified by the end of August 2014. You do not need to complete an application form.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Bulgarian Partnership Bursary 2014-15

    Our University is awarding a bursary of £1,000 for students from Bulgaria entering Essex for the first time in 2014. The bursary is available for the first year of undergraduate degree study only.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be a national of Bulgaria;
    • be ordinarily resident in Bulgaria (see terms and conditions (.pdf) for the definition of ordinary residence);
    • have received an offer of admission for entry to the University of Essex for 2014;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2014-15; and
    • be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the bursary regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree); and
    • students transferring into the first or second year from another UK higher education institution.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will automatically be awarded the Bulgarian Partnership Bursary and you will be notified by the end of August 2014. You do not need to complete an application form.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Cypriot Partnership Bursary 2014-15

    Our University is awarding a bursary of £1,000 for students from Cyprus entering Essex for the first time in 2014. The bursary is available for the first year of undergraduate degree study only.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be a national of Cyprus;
    • be ordinarily resident in Cyprus (see terms and conditions (.pdf) for the definition of ordinary residence);
    • have received an offer of admission for entry to the University of Essex for 2014;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2014-15; and
    • be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the bursary regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking courses at East 15 Acting School;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from Foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree); and
    • students transferring into the first or second year from another UK higher education institution.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will automatically be awarded the Cypriot Partnership Bursary and you will be notified by the end of August 2014. You do not need to complete an application form.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Other awards

    Care leavers' bursaries

    These bursaries are of up to £1,000 and are available for new and continuing undergraduate students who were in local authority care before starting their university course.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.

    University of Essex Sports Scholarships

    The University are launching a new volleyball and basketball performance programme which will provide structured support to talented student athletes, enabling you to reach your full sporting and academic potential. Features of the scholarship include: up to £2,500 cash award, unlimited access to our Evolve gym and University sports facilities; sports science support services via the Human Performance Unit (physiological testing, nutrition, psychology, performance analysis); performance lifestyle support; strength and conditioning; physiotherapy; training and match kit; and assistance with accommodation and parking on campus). Scholarships are also available to athletes competing at a high level in other team sports and individual events.

    How do I apply?

    Visit our Sport Scholarships information for details.

    Refugee bursaries

    Bursaries of up to £1,000 are available for undergraduates with refugee status, or who are dependants of refugees.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.

    International study bursaries

    If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for study abroad or international placement during your degree.

    How do I apply?

    For further information, contact our Study Abroad Office.

    International experience bursaries

    If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for volunteering during your degree.

    How do I apply?

    For further information, contact our Employability and Careers Centre.

2013 entry

Details on scholarships and bursaries for students starting in the academic year 2013-14.

  • University of Essex Bursary 2013-14

    Our bursary scheme is worth £1,500 per year, for every year of study.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible for this bursary, you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be eligible for UK (home) fees and resident in the UK;
    • have an annual household income of up to £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance England or other UK student funding provider;
    • have applied to the University of Essex through UCAS for 2013 entry by 30 June 2013 and have satisfied all conditions of entry;
    • accept the University’s offer of a place as your UCAS firm choice by the relevant UCAS deadline and no later than 30 June 2013;
    • meet the conditions of your offer (if you firmly accept an unconditional offer you are automatically deemed to have met the conditions of your offer);
    • register for a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2013-14; and
    • have made a means-tested application for student finance and given consent to the sharing of financial details with the University of Essex.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible, regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students on courses whose tuition fees are funded by the NHS;
    • students (on pre-2012 fees) who are directly continuing from one course to another;
    • students transferring in from another UK higher education institution;
    • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification;
    • part-time students;
    • students on leave of absence; and
    • applicants admitted through the Clearing or Adjustment process.

    How do I apply?

    If you have applied for means-tested state support through a UK student funding provider and have met all the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be awarded a bursary. You do not need to complete an application form. Payments will normally be made in two equal instalments in February and May.

    Where do I find further information?


  • University of Essex National Scholarship Programme (NSP) 2013-14

    The Government's National Scholarship Programme (NSP) gives financial help to students in higher education in England. For students who meet the national and our University criteria. We are offering a subsidy of £3,000 for accommodation in the first year of study to 370 full-time undergraduate students at the Colchester Campus and for up to three years of study to 20 full-time undergraduate students at the Southend Campus.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be eligible for UK (home) fees and ordinarily resident in England;
    • have an annual household income of up to £25,000 as assessed by Student Finance England;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2013-14;
    • be in your first year of study at the University at the start of the award;
    • if you are a Southend Campus student, you must successfully progress to the second and third year of study and remain in University accommodation in order to receive the accommodation subsidy in the second and third years;
    • have applied to the University of Essex through UCAS for 2013 entry by 30 June 2013 and have received an offer of admission for entry in 2013;
    • have made a means-tested application to Student Finance England with the University of Essex as your chosen institution and have given your consent to the sharing of financial details by 23 August 2013; and
    • have applied for accommodation at the University by our accommodation application deadline of 23 August 2013.

    Students not eligible

    Under the national eligibility criteria of the NSP, the following students are not eligible for the award, regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students undertaking a postgraduate initial teacher training course leading to qualified teacher status;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example from foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree);
    • students transferring in from another UK higher education institution;
    • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification;
    • part-time students studying at less than 25 per cent intensity of the full-time equivalent;
    • any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement; and
    • applicants admitted through the Clearing or Adjustment process.

    How do I apply?

    If you meet all the eligibility criteria above, you will be considered for the NSP accommodation discount for 2013-14. You do not need to complete an application form. As the number of scholarships is limited, we cannot guarantee that you will receive the award, even if your household income is below the threshold.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Academic Excellence Scholarship 2013-14

    This scholarship is worth £2,000 for each year of your study at our University.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be eligible for UK (home) or EU fees;
    • have applied to the University of Essex through UCAS and have satisfied all conditions of entry;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex with first enrolment in 2013-14;
    • have applied for a financial assessment to Student Finance England (SFE) or other UK student funding provider with the University of Essex as your chosen institution and have given consent to the sharing of your financial details;

    Obtain one of the following awards at the level specified or higher:

    • AAB at A-level (or equivalent);
    • three distinctions in your BTEC National Diploma or BTEC Extended Diploma;
    • 33 points or more in your International Baccalaureate; and
    • 18 level three credits at Distinction and 27 level three credits at Merit in the Access to HE Diploma.

    Certain combinations of the above qualifications may be acceptable, see the terms and conditions for details.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another;
    • students transferring in from another UK higher education institution;
    • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification; and
    • part-time students.

    How do I apply?

    If you achieve the necessary grades and meet all other eligibility criteria you will be notified that you will receive a scholarship. You do not need to complete an application form. Payments will normally be made in two equal instalments in February and May.

    Where do I find further information?


  • Other awards

    Care leavers' bursaries

    These bursaries are of up to £1,000 and are available for new and continuing undergraduate students who were in local authority care before starting their university course.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.

    University of Essex Sports Scholarships

    The University are launching a new volleyball and basketball performance programme which will provide structured support to talented student athletes, enabling you to reach your full sporting and academic potential. Features of the scholarship include: up to £2,500 cash award, unlimited access to our Evolve gym and University sports facilities; sports science support services via the Human Performance Unit (physiological testing, nutrition, psychology, performance analysis); performance lifestyle support; strength and conditioning; physiotherapy; training and match kit; and assistance with accommodation and parking on campus). Scholarships are also available to athletes competing at a high level in other team sports and individual events.

    How do I apply?

    Visit our Sport Scholarships information for details.

    Refugee bursaries

    Bursaries of up to £1,000 are available for undergraduates with refugee status, or who are dependants of refugees.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.

    International study bursaries

    If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for study abroad or international placement during your degree.

    How do I apply?

    For further information, contact our Study Abroad Office.

    International experience bursaries

    If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for volunteering during your degree.

    How do I apply?

    For further information, contact our Employability and Careers Centre.

2012 entry

Details on scholarships and bursaries for students who started in the academic year 2012-13.

  • University of Essex Bursary 2012-13

    Our bursary scheme is worth £1,500 per year, for every year of study.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be a UK (home fees) student and resident in England;
    • have an annual household income of up to £25,000;
    • meet the conditions of your offer;
    • accept our University’s offer of a place firmly by the relevant UCAS deadline; and
    • register for a full-time course at the University of Essex, with first enrolment in 2012-13.

    If you have applied for state support through Student Finance England and met all the criteria, you will automatically be awarded a bursary. Payments will normally be made in two equal instalments in February and May.

    Students not eligible

    If you are taking a year abroad or an industrial placement, you will not be eligible for a bursary during that year as no tuition fee will be charged and other bursary support is available. Students on courses whose tuition fees are paid in full by the East of England Strategic Health Authority are not eligible for the University of Essex Bursary.

    Where do I find more information?


  • University of Essex National Scholarship Programme (NSP) 2012-13

    This is an accommodation subsidy of £3,000 for identified University-owned accommodation for 200 students. This covers the first year of your study

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be ordinarily resident in England;
    • have an annual household income of up to £25,000 (as assessed by SFE and available to the University by 10 August 2012);
    • register for a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Essex, with first enrolment in 2012-13;
    • be in the first year of your study at our University;
    • apply to the University of Essex through UCAS by 3 August 2012;
    • apply to the University of Essex for the NSP accommodation subsidy by 3 August 2012; and
    • apply for accommodation at the University by the published accommodation application deadline.

    Students not eligible

    The following students are not eligible for the NSP regardless of meeting the above criteria:

    • students funded by the NHS;
    • students funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools;
    • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example from a foundation degree or HND on to the final year of your honours degree);
    • students transferring from another institution;
    • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification;
    • part-time students studying at less than 25 per cent intensity of the full-time equivalent; and
    • any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship 2012-13

    This scholarship is worth £2,000 for each year of your study at our University.

    Who is eligible?

    To be eligible you must meet all of the following conditions:

    • be a UK (home) fees student and resident in England;
    • register for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Essex, with first enrolment in 2012-13; and
    • achieve an overall pass rate of 60 per cent during your studies at Essex.

    Obtain one of the following awards at the level specified or higher:

    • achieve AAB at A-level (or equivalent);
    • three distinctions in your BTEC National Diploma;
    • 33 points or more in your International Baccalaureate; and
    • 18 level three credits at Distinction and 27 level three credits at Merit in the Access to HE Diploma

    Certain combinations of the above qualifications may be acceptable

    Where do I find more information?


  • Other awards

    Care leavers' bursaries

    The care leavers' bursaries are of up to £1,000 and are available for new and continuing undergraduate students who were in local authority care before starting their university course.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.

    University of Essex Sports Scholarships

    The University are launching a new volleyball and basketball performance programme which will provide structured support to talented student athletes, enabling you to reach your full sporting and academic potential. Features of the scholarship include: up to £2,500 cash award, unlimited access to our Evolve gym and University sports facilities; sports science support services via the Human Performance Unit (physiological testing, nutrition, psychology, performance analysis); performance lifestyle support; strength and conditioning; physiotherapy; training and match kit; and assistance with accommodation and parking on campus). Scholarships are also available to athletes competing at a high level in other team sports and individual events.

    How do I apply?

    Visit our Sport Scholarships information for details.

    Refugee bursaries

    Refugee bursaries, of up to £1,000, are available for undergraduates with refugee status, or who are dependants of refugees.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply using the main Access to Learning Fund form and supply all required documentation.

    International study bursaries

    If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for study abroad or international placement during your degree.

    How do I apply?

    For further information, contact our Study Abroad Office.

    International experience bursaries

    If you are from a low income household, you may be eligible for funding to access opportunities for volunteering during your degree.

    How do I apply?

    For further information, contact our Employability and Careers Centre.

Pre-2012 entry

Undergraduate funding

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer scholarships and bursaries to support talented undergraduates, which have been developed to ensure we remain accessible to all our students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Find a fee

Find a fee

Use our Fee Finder to find the right fee for your studies. Going to university is one of the biggest investments you will make. We equip you with the financial information you need to make your decision-making process as easy as possible.

International students

International Students

We provide comprehensive information to our international students. With over 130 different countries represented, Essex is one of the UK’s most internationally diverse campus universities and known worldwide for its academic excellence.

Find a scholarship

Find a scholarship

Use our Scholarship Finder to find the right funding for you. Scholarships and bursaries are available to support talented students, ensuring we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of your financial circumstances.