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Your intellectual playground


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We focus on providing you with the skills and experience that you need in the graduate job market. Our courses are designed to enable you to enter a wide variety of careers and our graduates have gone on to work for several well-known employers.

At Essex you have the freedom and the facilities to study, experiment, explore and research why we think, feel and act the way we do.

We have a truly diverse academic community where different levels of experience and expertise are brought together by shared passions and interests. Our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you professional status and allowing you the flexibility to determine your own academic career path.

Pushing boundaries is at the heart of what we do – in our teaching and our research. We’re committed to giving you the best access to state-of-the-art equipment, in our purpose-built psychology facility with dedicated labs, suites and classrooms.

Joining us at undergraduate or postgraduate level means you develop the knowledge, skills, friendships and professional networks to set you up for life.

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Our strengths

  • Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction with 97% satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • Exceptional research labs and facilities including our Centre for Brain Science
  • 13th in the UK for our research, and 90% of our research rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'
  • Courses accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • An ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centre

Research excellence

Research profile

Our research is recognised internationally and has an impact across many areas. Our research groups focus on cognitive psychology, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology.

Unique opportunities

Unique opportunities

Our Research Experience Scheme enables our undergraduate students to develop practical research skills. It gives you the opportunity to work alongside our world-leading academics on real research projects in cutting edge areas of psychology.

Labs and facilities

Outstanding facilities

Our facilities include our Centre for Brain Science, featuring state-of-the-art equipment to directly measure and modulate brain activity, plus a range of equipment to monitor eye movements and various indices of physiological response.