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University Profile - University of Essex

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The University received its Royal Charter in 1965 and has since grown to become an international campus university, with over 10,000 students from over 125 countries. The University has three campuses: a main campus set in over 200 acres of parkland in historic Colchester; a new state of the art campus in the thriving coastal town of Southend-on-Sea; and East 15 Acting school located in Loughton on the outskirts of London.

University of Essex’s two main campuses are in Colchester and Southend. The Colchester campus is set in a 200 acre park with all facilities on site, including residential accommodation, indoor and outdoor sports centre. The Southend campus offers the benefits of a town centre but seaside location, with University-managed accommodation. Both Colchester and Southend campuses are less than one hour from central London using frequent trains.

London Stansted airport, is thirty miles from Colchester and an hour's journey by a bus which passes through the campus. Stansted is the home of many of Europe’s low-cost airlines which prove popular with students looking to have a weekend in one of Europe’s famous cities. Harwich ferry port is sixteen miles (twenty-five kilometres) or a 30 minute drive away.

For a virtual tour of the campus, please visit: http://www.essex.ac.uk/vr/#vrtours.



For more information on undergraduate study opportunities at the university, please visit: http://www.essex.ac.uk/ug/.

Those with more advanced qualifications with good grades such as a Diploma or HND from a college in Malaysia, may be able to enter Year 2 of an undergraduate degree.

Applicants whose results are not quite enough for direct entry to an undergraduate degree may be considered for one of the university’s undergraduate pathway courses: The Essex Bridging Year which leads to year 1 of all Essex Bachelors degrees or the Certificate of Higher Education in Business which leads to Year 2 of all degrees in Essex Business School.


For more information on postgraduate study and research opportunities at the university, please visit: http://www.essex.ac.uk/pg/.

Entry Requirements

Most Masters degrees require an upper second class degree or in some cases a good lower second class, or GPA 3.0 out of 4.0 for admission.

Postgraduate research programmes (PhD, MPhil etc): Applicants should have already completed a first degree with good grades and should also demonstrate both an interest in and understanding of the area in which they propose to carry out research. Some departments may ask for applicants to have also completed a Masters degree, while others may be able to offer a Doctoral programme in place of this. Applicants should also submit a research proposal as part of their application.


At Colchester, all University accommodation is provided by modern, purpose built student halls of which 100% are located on the Wivenhoe Park campus. Brand new accommodation at Southend opened in 2009, located next to the main University building. All international students are guaranteed a single room at both the Colchester and Southend campuses for at least their first year of study. For most international students, the university can guarantee on-campus accommodation through their studies.

60 percent of the University's accommodation at Colchester has en suite facilities. The single rooms are arranged in self contained flats where students share kitchen facilities. All the accommodation is self-catering but there are several cafes and restaurants on campus and a Tesco supermarket only a short distance away in Colchester. Southend’s town-centre location means there are many options for eating out. There is a small amount of accommodation available for couples and families.

All rooms have a free high-speed internet connection and a free internal telephone system with phones in each room. Rents range from approximately £62-£95 per week. In 2009 the University won the Student Housing Survey award for ‘Best Student Halls’.

Fees and Scholarships

Overseas tuition fees for the academic year 2010/11 are as follows, and can be paid by installments. Living expenses are estimated based on the period of time a student is likely to be in the UK, though this will obviously vary depending on the individual.

Undergraduate Fees

Undergraduate degree £10,990
Undergraduate degrees (Biology and Psychology) £12,950
Bridging Year (foundation) £9,000
Certificate of Higher Education (fast-track foundation) £11,750

Campus accommodation (39 weeks) £2,500 to £4,200 per year
Approximate living expenses £3,500

Postgraduate Fees

Masters degree £10,990
Masters degree (Essex Business School) £12,990
Masters degree (Finance, Biology and Psychology) £12,990
PhD research degree £10,990
PhD research (Biology and Psychology) £12,990

Campus accommodation (50 weeks) £3,200 to £5,100
Approximate living expenses £4,500

The University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships for Malaysia students from £2,000 up to full fees for PhD students. For more information please visit: http://www.essex.ac.uk/international/scholarships.aspx.

Student Profiles

Essex has had a thriving community of Malaysian students for many years and a very active Malaysian student society that can be found online at http://essexmsoc.page.tl or at Facebook under ‘Essex Malaysian Society’. More information about student life and student societies can be found on the University of Essex Students’ Union website at http://www.essexstudent.com.


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