2020 applicants


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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 top 5 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, 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.


Our courses

choose us?

University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Top 5 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities)
Top 10 for value added to economics graduate wages (The Economist 2017)
Ranked 12th in the UK for economics (Guardian University Guide 2020)
Ranked 11th in the UK for Economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
UoTY winners 2018
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Talks and tasters

Join our free online webinars starting Monday 20 April and meet some of the lecturers and professors who will be teaching on your course. Watch our taster videos and hear from world-class academics talk about our range of different courses and subject areas, to see what Essex has to offer you. Don't miss out!

Join our talks, tasters and webinars
Christian Ghiglino
"Our Department is one of the best. We'll support you to excel in your studies, teach you skills that are in demand, and show you how our research is improving the well being of societies."
Professor Christian Ghiglino Head, department of economics
As we can't meet face to face...

We may not be able to meet in person but we're still available to chat online. From students and alumni to academics, the Essex community is here and ready for a chat.

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Need some help?

Do you have a question? Contact us if you would like more information about the Economics Department.

Contact us
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Department of Economics University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872728