Find a course
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.
Our range of courses is constantly evolving to ensure that everything you
study here is relevant and innovative. Whatever your chosen subject, you'll
find a range of degrees taught by top academics.
Your Essex degree is unique
Education often puts people into boxes. You’re a biologist, a film-maker or a
criminologist. But the world’s most pressing problems have no regard for
disciplinary boundaries, and we don’t want you to be limited by them either. Our
high level of optionality means that you can make your degree yours, by choosing
modules that build specialist knowledge and skills in the areas you wish to
Being interdisciplinary creates almost limitless opportunities and the
freedom to explore. It is an opportunity to combine your interests and make your
contribution really count.
What our courses offer
All our courses are characterised by opportunity, flexibility and choice:
Any course of study includes compulsory modules (also known as core
modules), but we also give you the opportunity to try subjects you may
not have come across before, like linguistics
or philosophy, through optional modules.
As a student at Essex you also have the unique opportunity to study a
new language for free alongside your course as part of our award-winning
Languages for All programme.
Once you complete the first year of your BA or BSc course, you then
qualify to enter the second year of a number of different courses, not
just the one you applied for. This means that you can change your
course, should you wish. There are just a few exceptions. For most
degrees it's possible, providing you have taken the appropriate
pre-requisite modules and there are places available.
For example, if you are a BA student taking
in your first year, then you have a choice of at least nine possible
single or joint honours courses at the end of your year, while if you
are a BSc student then you will have a choice of at least two courses
and, in some cases, as many as five. This gives you the opportunity to
specialise in a subject that you may not have studied before coming to
university, and to further pursue interests that you have developed in
your first year of study.
In your first year, you usually take four modules (or eight
half-modules), depending on your course. As most of our schools and
departments are quite large, this means we can offer a wide range of
optional modules in your second and third years.
We operate a credit framework for our awards which is based on
principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each of our
modules has a credit rating and your standard three-year course consists
of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across
your second and final years).