Think you know Essex? Think again.
As an Essex undergraduate you don't just learn how, we encourage you to ask difficult questions
and make your voice heard.
Here are just some of the reasons that studying for your degree at Essex
is probably the best decision you could make:
Top 10 for student satisfaction
In the 2016 National Student Survey:
- our students voted us top ten in England for student satisfaction for the fourth year in a row
- 90% of Essex students expressed overall satisfaction with their course
Get your hands dirty
While lectures are a valuable part of your learning journey, they're not the
whole story. Once you’ve found your niche, we want you to take it as far as
you’re willing to go.
At Essex, you not only learn from the best, but also get the chance to
experience and contribute to the current, exciting work that’s happening all
around you. Our Undergraduate Research Opportunity Placements
offer students a structured route to paid participation in real-life research,
and our academic departments offer plenty of other ways to nurture your
developing research skills. We want you to help us change the world.
Some of the investigations that our undergraduates are currently working on
Policing with the help of big data
Today’s police forces are using increasingly sophisticated statistical
techniques to help predict crime hot-spots – yet there is little evidence on
whether these techniques actually help reduce crime. Our researchers are working
closely alongside Essex Police to monitor and help improve their policing
Freshwater predator-prey interactions, from the lab to the
A recent analysis determined that Earth has lost 75% of its wildlife in
freshwater habitats since 1970. Our student researcher is helping to investigate
the role of predator size on the structure, functions, and dynamics of
freshwater communities, by catching wild fish of different sizes and examining
the feeding behaviour of two types of prey in our labs.
Language and schizophrenia
How can we investigate the relationship between mental illness and creative
writing? Part of a larger research programme on ‘Outsider Writing’, this project
is exploring 20th century texts that deal with language and schizophrenia.
Our student researcher is digging through our archives to identify passages
in which schizophrenics have been quoted or reported on, making transcriptions
and summaries of the key passages which will be essential to the wider project.
New theatre installation piece examining the UK's role in
the arms trade
Help explore alternative ways in which we can tell stories about war and the
arms trade. Our student researcher is analysing interviews with experts from
academia and non-governmental organisations in order to help transform their
insights into a theatrical piece. We aim to stage a multi-site performance
installation that will guide audience members through scenes in which they are
cast as decision-makers, arbiters, and peace-keepers.