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Upcoming open days

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Saturday 25 October 2014 (booking now)
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Wednesday 5 November 2014 (booking now)

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We are Essex

Open days

Book a place at one of our open days to see for yourself what we offer. Academic and support staff will be available to answer your questions, while a campus tour with our current students allows you to view our facilities and accommodation.

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. We are the UK's top university for social science and rank ninth in the UK for the overall quality of our research. 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. Our students are also extremely happy: we rank second in the UK for student satisfaction.

Why we are special

  • Ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction (NSS 2014)
  • Top in the UK for social science
  • 9 subjects in the top 200 in the world
  • 9th in the UK for overall research quality
  • Global community of students from over 130 countries


As an undergraduate at Essex, you'll receive a high quality education. Our range of undergraduate courses allow you to demonstrate your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, while developing the knowledge and skills required for a successful graduate career.

Postgraduate taught

As a postgraduate taught student at Essex, you'll form part of our lively and supportive 3,000-strong community. Our staff provide one-to-one guidance and our postgraduate programmes equip you with the skills demanded by today's employers in our highly competitive world.

Postgraduate research

As a postgraduate research student at Essex, you'll work at the heart of our internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community, as you investigate your chosen research topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding of your subject.