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Exploring the well-being of societies

Economics is part of your life everyday, through the politics you're involved in, the education you're taught, the environment you live in, the healthcare you receive and the costs you pay to live.

At Essex, you explore the decisions of individuals, the strategies of firms and the policies of governments, to understand how the world works.

We're 4th in the UK for research power (REF 2021, mainstream universities), meaning you learn alongside academics who are breaking new ground in all fields of economics, and pioneering new solutions to global issues.

We're also home to staff and students from all over the world who want to think, learn and achieve together. So, if you're ingenious, industrious and independent, welcome home.


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choose us?

Ranked 18th in the UK for Economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2023)
4th in UK for research power in economics and econometrics (THE research power measure, REF 2021)
88% of our economics graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022)
Top 10 for value added to economics graduate wages (The Economist 2017)
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Latest news
Essex recognised for delivering “very high quality” education
28 Sep 2023
Essex moves up to 15th for international outlook
27 Sep 2023
Investors back the environment over profits new research shows
12 Jul 2023
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Department of Economics University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872728