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University of Essex 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Over 15,317 students have been studying and pursuing degree programs in University of Essex. Every year thousands of students apply for admission in the University of Essex, with only 74% of them getting accepted. It is included under top 10 for Knowledge transfer partnerships in the UK. International students comprise one-third of all the students enrolled here, making it one of the most diverse universities in the UK

University of Essex offers UG and PG programs in various disciplines including Art history, Psychology, Economics, Literature, Data science, Law and Healthcare. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, students selected for the interview will be contacted by the Admissions team either via ZOOM or telephone.

  • University of Essex takes admission in Autumn, Spring, Winter and Summer Semester.
  • The application portal for UG and PG admissions vary. UG applicants must use the UCAS portal, whereas PG applicants must apply through the official website.
  • Deadline for courses starting from October 2020 and applicants who will need a Tier 4 visa to study is August 28, 2020.
  • For the 2020-21 session, tuition fees for domestic students will be the same as that of international students.


Application PortalUG: UCAS
PG: Online Portal
Application Fee20 EUR (UG course)
Degrees OfferedBachelor’s and Master’s Degree
Academic calendarSemester
Intake seasonsAutumn, Spring, Summer
IELTS score6.5
Mode of PaymentCredit card
Financial AidStafford Loans and Scholarship
Admission HelpdeskUG:

Admissions Deadline

To take admission in the Autumn semester of the undergraduate or graduate degree programs in University, students must submit their application before 28 August 2020. Any application received after the deadline will not be accepted by the Admission Office of the University. Regarding the other courses, there has been no mention of deadlines by the University.

International Students Admission

University of Essex gives admission to International students with strong academic background and those who have submitted all the required documents prior to the deadline. The university has students from 140 countries enrolled into its various programs.

Where to apply: Official website of the University[4] or through UCAS[5]

Application fee: 20 EUR for UG courses

Admission requirements: International Applicants have to submit the following documents in order to enrol in undergraduate courses of the University

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Official high school/university transcript
  • GPA or grade varying for different countries
  • English Language Proficiency test scores
  • Additional requirements as stated by the program
    • Reference
    • Personal statement
    • Resume
  • Valid Passport
  • Official statement of Finances

For Indian applicants, 

  • Most Bachelor degree courses consider 55% from Kolkata (West Bengal Board), 60% from Karnataka (Bangalore, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh boards, and 70% from CBSE and other regional and national boards for Indian high school qualifications. 
  • For Master degree courses, applicants must have scored 50% in Band 1 or Band 2 institution or 55% in all other institutions from Bachelor degree. 

English Proficiency for International Students

English Proficiency test score is compulsory for those students in whose native country English is not their first language. International students must demonstrate English Proficiency by submitting the test score of any of the following mentioned exams:

76 Overall
Pearson Test of English50 overall
Cambridge English Qualification (C1 advanced)
C2 proficiency
ISE Level III & IVPass
Michigan English Test (ECPE)750
GCSE/ O-Level EnglishGrade C or 4

Tier 4 International Student Visa Requirements

Those students who are non-residents of the UK must apply for the tier 4 Student Visa to get admission in University of Essex. If the course lasts for more than 6 months, students are allowed to reach one month prior to the start of course with the help of this visa as well as find employment opportunities on-campus as well as off-campus. 

This visa allows them to get employment on campus as well as off campus. Application fee of Tier 4 Visa is 348 EUR. Applicants need a blank page in their passport for a visa. Applicants have to submit following documents at the Embassy:

  • Current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • Proof of financial support
  • Proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if the applicant is under 18
  • Proof of relationship with parent or guardian if the applicant is under 18

Before applying for the visa, the University issues the students with a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS). After submission of the documents, students will be called by the Visa office for an interview. Decision on the student visa is given to the students within 3 weeks of application.

University Of Essex Undergraduate Admission

The university offers undergraduate courses in various disciplines like law, business, public health, life sciences and sports. Students with good academics and test scores have a better chance of getting admission. 

Due to COVID-19, admissions will now be given to the students on the basis of grades till completion of 50% of their syllabus. University will be flexible with minimum grade requirements as a result of COVID-19 disruption.

Admission Portal: Online Portal

Application fee: 20 EUR

Admission requirements: To get admission in any of the bachelor’s courses by the University of Essex, students require:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • High school course work
  • Valid Test score (IELTS, TOEFL)
  • Official High school Transcript
  • English language proficiency requirement 
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of references

University Of Essex Graduate Admission

University of Essex offers graduate programs in various disciplines including law, journalism, marketing, sociology & criminology, literature and business administration. All the applicants must submit a statement of purpose to the department of their study along with the official transcript.

Here are some popular graduate programs offered by University of Essex and the requirements for admission:

RequirementsMSc BiotechnologyLLM International Trade LawMA Sociology & CriminologyMA Literature, Culture & SocietyMBA
Course fee17,900 EUR17,900 EUR17,900 EUR17,900 EUR20,000 EUR
ResumeRequiredNot requiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Work experienceRequiredRequiredRequiredNot requiredRequired
Personal StatementRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
ReferenceRequired (1)Required (1)Required (1)Required (1)Required (2)
AdditionalNoneTraineeshipDissertation (2 modules minimum)Creative writing sampleNone

If students have any query regarding the Graduate Admissions they can contact the university on the following address:

Address: University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3 SQ


Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 873333

Equal opportunities are provided to International students with calibre and determination. It is important to grab the opportunity by submitting documents prior to the deadline. Students must apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa as soon as they get approval from theu. 

Once the University of Essex receives an application, it is considered by the Admissions Team on the basis of qualifications, personal statement and reference provided by the student. While applying through UCAS, UCAS Track officially informs the students regarding the decision of their application. Those who have applied through Direct Admission form will receive all the information via myEssex applicant portal.


Ques. What happens on the interview day?

Ans. Information about the interview is provided in the Applicant Day Programme on myEssex portal. Every department of University of Essex holds different styles of interviews like one-to-one interviews, group interviews or group discussions.

Ques. Should I still apply if I'm currently not able to leave the country?

Ans. Yes. Those students interested in joining the University this autumn but are concerned by current travel restrictions, can still apply. Most of the courses are still open for new applicants for 2020, so University of Essex welcomes new applications at all study levels.

Ques. I’m having difficulties obtaining a reference to support my application, what do I do?

Ans. Those applicants who are currently holding an offer that is conditional upon obtaining a suitable reference or other information and they are unable to get this due to the current COVID-19 situation, please contact either our Undergraduate Admissions Team by emailing or Postgraduate Admissions team at for advice. It is likely that they can waive the requirement to supply a reference.

Ques. Do I still need to pay my deposit?

Ans. Some students are asked to pay a deposit to secure their place on a course with us. Students should still pay this but if for any reason they are unable to start your course, it can be deferred or refunded.

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