We are Essex

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Use our Course Finder to find the right course for you. Our courses allow you to demonstrate your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, while developing the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.

Our favourite pastime is challenging conventions. We've been doing this for fifty years, since we opened our doors in 1964 as a radical new project for higher education, backed by donors such as Sir Winston Churchill who believed in our vision of a new type of university for a new age.

As a unique community of scholars who live, work and play together, we have been making the headlines from the moment we started, changing the world for the better.

Join us and you will be taught, supported and supervised by world-leading academics. The brightest and the best come to Essex to be immersed in current thinking and cutting-edge developments, as well as to enjoy the broader experience which we proudly refer to as an Essex Education.

Why we are special

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2015)
  • Top 5 in the UK for social sciences (REF 2014)
  • 9 subjects in the top 200 in the world
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014)
  • Global community of students from over 130 countries


We're home for the talented and the tenacious. Challenging convention is in our DNA, so we welcome rebels with a cause. As an undergraduate at Essex you'll receive a high quality education in a stimulating and world-class research environment.

Postgraduate study

As a postgraduate at Essex, you'll be at the heart of our internationally acclaimed and well-connected research community. We have a range of inspiring taught courses and research degrees which develop your skills, experience and employability.

Short courses


We offer a number of high quality short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities. Our courses are designed to develop the key skills you'll need in your professional or academic career.