Our teaching and research

At Essex, our students partner with academics to inform and actively participate in research.

From exposing UK-based financial fraudsters to securing solutions for refugees in Colombia, the impact of our research is felt across the globe. Research is what drives us. It's what binds us together and from day one, you’re a part of that.

Our flexible course structures allow you to tailor your degree around your own interests, developing specialism in your own area. You also have the opportunity to contribute to current Essex research and make positive changes to the world around you.

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What makes Essex research special?

Collaboration on campus

Just like the best ideas, our departments don’t exist in isolation. Our campuses were designed to break down traditional barriers – a walk down one of our corridors can take you on an intellectual journey via Maths, Language and Linguistics, and Sociology.

There are no elitist hierarchies or curtained-off lounges at Essex. Our students and staff work and socialise together in a tight-knit environment that fosters formidable partnerships. We bring together the very best minds from across the globe, and you’ll be exposed to a wide array of different perspectives and opinions, which means that we won’t always agree – but that’s how great ideas are born.

Our provocative THINK! lecture series takes the debate even further. Hear from voices outside of traditional academia such as sex workers, MPs, campaigners, convicted criminals, directors, scientists and soldiers. Connecting the very best minds from across the University and beyond makes Essex a force to be reckoned with.

How we teach you

Each subject at Essex combines different methods of teaching to ensure you gain in-depth knowledge in addition to developing the transferable skills that are sought by employers. Expect a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars, laboratory practicals, fields trips and independent research depending on your course. You also have the opportunity to attend symposia, conferences, and become a member of relevant student societies and professional bodies.

Mentoring and other forms of peer support also play an important role in how you learn and how we teach at Essex. Our Talent Development Centre can help you identify your talents and strengthen those areas you need to develop.

Top research

Top research

Our research changes the world, from protecting coral reefs to justice for human rights abuse victims and improving mental health. Read the stories behind the headlines in our research showcase.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Find a course

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.

PG events

Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.