Department

Economics

A lady handling money

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, THE 2014), 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

Why
choose us?

92% of our Economics students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2017)
Top 5 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014)
Top 10 for value added to economics graduate wages (The Economist 2017)
22nd for Economics (TGUG 2018)
Ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018)
Smiling student
Young man using a computer, wearing headphones
Two students graduating
A group of students laughing together by the lakes
globe
Kate Rockett
"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."
Dr Kate Rockett Head, department of economics
A row of old looking library books
Our research

We're leaders in economics research. Our research areas include microeconomics, macroeconomics, applied economics and econometrics, and our experts advise local, national and international organisations and policy makers.

Find out more
Latest news
We’re recruiting new academics thanks to growth
13 Apr 2018
Understanding data in an inter-connected world
03 Apr 2018
Starting university in a recession means you earn more
26 Mar 2018
Two female students talking
Get in touch with us

If you would like any more information about Economics or have a question you would like to ask, please complete this short enquiry form.

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