School

Health and Social Care

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Training for life

Organised health and social care is one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century, made possible by the vision and dedication of the professionals who staff it.

We prepare you to join that inspirational workforce as a caring, compassionate and competent professional who shares our commitment to improving lives. We offer courses across undergraduateMasters and research degree level, as well as Continuing Professional Development for those enhancing their skills. 

We are at the forefront of preparing people to solve real-life issues in health and society, offering courses that both commissioners and employers believe in. People are at the heart of all we do. We work in partnership with people from all walks of life, who offer us their expertise and experience, making us a team of people who truly understand what is needed from health and social care professionals – now and in the future.

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Why choose us?

University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Our courses blend theory and practice
You'll have specialist facilities at your fingertips
Be more than a number. Our small cohorts mean you'll be part of our learning community.
We have an excellent track record for employability
UoTY winners 2018
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Three students in nurses uniforms standing next to a bed in a mock ward, listening to someone out of shot to the right of the photo.
A student in a headscarf sitting in a seminar with a notebook in front of her, gesturing slightly with a pen in her right hand. A blurred second student is in the foreground to the right side of the photo.
A nurse sitting with his back to some peach-coloured curtains, some paper on his lap and a pen in his hand. The photo is taken over the shoulder of a second person, who is in the foreground on the left of the photo.
Vikki-Jo Scott, Head of the School of Health and Social Care.
Our School of Health and Social Care is a pioneering department committed to making a difference to local, national and international health and social care, through education, research and knowledge transfer. 
Vikki-Jo Scott Head of school
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Postgraduate research opportunities

Thinking about postgraduate research at Essex? We advertise studentships and funded opportunities throughout the year.

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Latest news
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23 Mar 2020
Four Essex students shortlisted for Nursing Times Award
27 Feb 2020
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Get in touch with us

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

Contact our School of Health and Social Care
Colchester Campus Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
All enquiries:
Telephone: 01206 872854
Southend Campus Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1LW
All enquiries:
Telephone: 01702 328359