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Health and social care

Your chance to start a rewarding journey towards making a meaningful difference in people's lives through health and social care. Equip yourself with the expertise and compassion needed for a fulfilling career in the healthcare sector.

Health and social care

Undergraduate courses

You're caring, compassionate, and hungry for change in health and social care. You're keen to advocate for the vulnerable and excited to push for fairer, more equitable health and social care for all.

Health and social care-based courses encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines, including nursing, social work, oral health science, physiotherapy, and more, offering diverse opportunities for individuals passionate about making a difference. This is your first step to a career changing the lives of thousands of others for the better.

At the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex, we recognise the importance of community engagement and hands-on experience. With strong links to our placement partners in various healthcare sectors, we are committed to providing you with the knowledge and skills necessary to turn your passion for advocacy into a rewarding career. Our state-of-the-art facilities within the school offer an immersive learning environment, ensuring you're equipped to positively impact thousands of lives whether you aspire to be a nurse, social worker, oral health scientist, or physiotherapist.

Why study here?
  • 95% of our School of Health and Social Care students are in employment or further study. (Graduate Outcomes 2022)
  • We're the first department in the University to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award for gender equality
  • We have state-of-the art teaching facilities including mock wards at both campuses

Interested in an apprenticeship in healthcare?

If you're considering an apprenticeship route, you should explore potential opportunities with your current or future employer. We provide Health and Social Care apprenticeships with on-the-job training through employers.

Find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities, and read hints and tips for making your application successful.

Kathy Burke is standing on the left holding a clipboard. To the right is a male nursing student holding an oxygen mask. In front of them is a Sim Man in a hospital bed in one of the School's mock wards.
Kathy Burke teaching a nursing skills course on one of our mock wards.
Students practising their clinical skills in the skills lab
Oral Health students practising their clinical skills in the skills lab
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Physiotherapy students in class study

Career prospects

Despite the common assumption that healthcare careers primarily involve hospitals and local authorities, the reality is that they span various sectors. From nurses supporting private sector employees' return to work post-illness, to speech and language therapists aiding rehabilitation after head injuries, opportunities are diverse, including roles in oral health outreach programs, like visiting schools for preventive initiatives, beyond traditional dental practices. Find out more about the support we provide within the School and the career opportunities available to you with your health and social care degree.

Why study here?
  • We offer both on-site and off-site training to enable you to fit your study around your work and life.
  • Our adaptable, bespoke CPD courses have been created to suit your professional role.
  • Our staff are both academically and clinically qualified, and many are also practising clinicians researching in their own specialist fields.
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Join us for our Postgraduate Open Evening

We are hosting a Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 20 March. Join us for an evening of talks and tours, and get answers to your questions about studying a postgraduate course at Essex. We are also incorporating virtual content into this event so you can join us from the comfort of your own home.

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Our multidisciplinary research addresses local, national, and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice.

A research degree from Essex enables you to develop applied research skills and advance practice in your field. Our supportive team has international experience and they work collaboratively with service users and external organisations, giving you access to cutting-edge teaching and research.

Our research is organised into four research groups: Public health and social policy, Assessment and management of neuro-developmental and acquired disorders, Physical and mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan, and Pedagogy research for health and social care.  Explore each group to find out more about our current projects and doctoral research, as well as a list of our academic staff, research staff and postgraduate students associated with each group.

Find out more about our portfolio of courses, as well as hints and tips on making your application.



Explore our Research courses

Why study here?
  • Our research is consistently ranked highly for its quality.
  • Financial scholarships are available and include internship opportunities.
  • Be part of a vibrant research community where challenging convention, striving for social justice and contributing towards a fairer, healthier future for all are the norm.
Two male visitors looking at an event programme at an open day.
Join us for our Postgraduate Open Evening

We are hosting a Postgraduate Open Evening on Wednesday 20 March. Join us for an evening of talks and tours, and get answers to your questions about studying a postgraduate course at Essex. We are also incorporating virtual content into this event so you can join us from the comfort of your own home.

Find out more

Do you know about our scholarships and studentships?

Find out more about our university wide funding, and opportunities specifically for Health and Social Care students.

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Explore our research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We'll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we'll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.