We are Essex

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Search our courses and find the right course for you. At Essex you can show your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, and develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.

"Freer, more daring, more experimental." These were the words of our first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Albert Sloman. From the student rebellions of the 1960s to our contemporary ground-breaking research, we have never accepted the status quo or been afraid to speak out.

Our academics are world-leaders in their field, conducting life-changing research that has real impact on global issues in politics and social policy.

If you’re brave enough to have ideas and generous enough to share them, then welcome home.

Why we are special

  • Ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world (QS 2016, THE 2015)
  • Consistently top 10 in England for student satisfaction in NSS
  • Top 5 in the UK for social sciences (REF 2014)
  • 8 of our departments feature in QS World Rankings 2016
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014)
  • 5th most international university in the UK (THE 2016) and 21st in the world

Undergraduate study

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Think you know Essex? Think again. As an Essex undergraduate you don't just learn how, we encourage you to ask difficult questions, challenge why and make your voice heard. We are Essex. Are you?

Postgraduate study

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

Short courses


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