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Our courses

Find a course

Find a course

Search our courses and find the right course for you. At Essex you can show your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, and develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.

Our range of courses is constantly evolving to ensure that everything you study here is relevant and innovative. Whatever your chosen subject, you'll find a range of degrees taught by top academics.

Our prospectus

Your Essex degree is unique

Education often puts people into boxes. You’re a biologist, a film-maker or a criminologist. But the world’s most pressing problems have no regard for disciplinary boundaries, and we don’t want you to be limited by them either. Our high level of optionality means that you can make your degree yours, by choosing modules that build specialist knowledge and skills in the areas you wish to pursue.

Being interdisciplinary creates almost limitless opportunities and the freedom to explore. It is an opportunity to combine your interests and make your contribution really count.

What our courses offer

All our courses are characterised by opportunity, flexibility and choice:

Any course of study includes compulsory modules (also known as core modules), but we also give you the opportunity to try subjects you may not have come across before, like linguistics or philosophy, through optional modules.

As a student at Essex you also have the unique opportunity to study a new language for free alongside your course as part of our award-winning Languages for All programme.

Once you complete the first year of your BA or BSc course, you then qualify to enter the second year of a number of different courses, not just the one you applied for. This means that you can change your course, should you wish. There are just a few exceptions. For most degrees it's possible, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisite modules and there are places available.

For example, if you are a BA student taking economics, politics, philosophy and sociology in your first year, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your year, while if you are a BSc student then you will have a choice of at least two courses and, in some cases, as many as five. This gives you the opportunity to specialise in a subject that you may not have studied before coming to university, and to further pursue interests that you have developed in your first year of study.

In your first year, you usually take four modules (or eight half-modules), depending on your course. As most of our schools and departments are quite large, this means we can offer a wide range of optional modules in your second and third years.

We operate a credit framework for our awards which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each of our modules has a credit rating and your standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).

Learn languages

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.

Applying to Essex

Undergraduate applications

Applying to Essex is straightforward. We'll give you all the information you need about how and when to apply for an undergraduate course with us. If you've got any questions, just ask, we're happy to help.

Our fees

Our fees

Find out more about our tuition fees and support packages for Home, EU and international students, to ensure we provide the best courses, support and facilities that enable all to succeed.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.