Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

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Creative, committed, experimental

From making businesses run smoothly to gaming and simulating behaviour, many everyday processes have a basis in computing, while advances in electronics have made the internet, innovative telecommunications and inexpensive computing possible. At Essex we teach and research at undergraduate, Masters and postgraduate research levels, in all these areas and more.

Our research is changing people’s lives and underpins tomorrow’s must-have technologies. Research and development has to stay one step ahead of the industry, so our curriculum is constantly evolving. Our work combines creativity and imagination with technical excellence – we’re not your typical geeks!

You’ll have a unique experience here, as well as inspiring purpose-built facilities, support to develop skills that will help you in the world of work, and a curriculum that is led by the needs of industry. Our courses are guided by an Industrial Advisory Board of experts which includes representatives from companies such as Intel. Regardless of the study path you choose, you’ll develop the skills and principles for a rewarding career.

As a member of our student and research community you will benefit from the use of our exceptional laboratories and facilities. We have several computer labs that are exclusively for our School's students. We also have a variety of specialist facilities in the areas of brain-computer interfaces, robotics, embedded systems, lasers/photonics and networking, and a laboratory-based teaching and research Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents


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Why choose us?

94% of our School's UG graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023)
9th in the UK for research impact in computer science (Grade Point Average, REF 2021)
Top 250 for Computer Science in THE World University Rankings by Subject 2024
Study abroad and industry placement year opportunities
Specialist labs and facilities
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Image of a research student working with a Nao robot in our Robotics Arena.

Graduate stories

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“Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills are essential to drive technological progress and innovation. Knowledge and experience are key. Our world-leading researchers and innovators support your education so you can actively shape the future.”
Professor Reinhold Scherer Head of School
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Research Experience Scheme

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Research Experience Scheme gives undergraduate and Masters degree students opportunities to work with academics on research projects. You'll be able to choose between focusing on research in our School, or work on a collaborative project with our colleagues in the Department of Psychology.

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Colchester Campus Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
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Telephone: 01206 872770