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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, 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

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University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
97% of our economics students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2018)
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)
16th for Economics (TGUG 2019)
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"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 Kate Rockett Head, department of economics
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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.

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