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Excellence in education and research

Our three faculties oversee teaching, academic development and research in our departments and schools while developing strong partnerships with business and industry.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework we have five subjects in the UK top 10 for research power across the social sciences, arts and humanities, and science and health – sociology, law, economics and econometrics, politics and international studies and computer science (REF 2021).

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers a unique, research-led student experience across a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.

Our Faculty's outstanding reputation for research was confirmed by the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, with Essex ranked in the top 20 for research excellence in Philosophy and Art History (REF 2021). 

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Faculty of Science and Health

Students at our Faculty of Science and Health develop the skills to address global issues and benefit people, the environment and society. They are learning from scientists who are working on vital issues including the nature of ageing, the meaning of genes, the future of the internet and the survival of coral reefs and climate change.

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Faculty of Social Sciences

Essex is a centre of world-leading excellence for the social sciences with four social science subjects in the UK top 10 for research quality (REF 2021). Our Faculty of Social Sciences is home to some of the most highly-rated social science departments and research centres in the country.

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