At Essex we have a long-standing commitment to teaching nursing.


Nursing is about more than just caring. Top-notch nursing is about treating the whole person, asking difficult questions and about driving healthcare knowledge forward.

As an Essex student, whether you choose mental health nursing or adult nursing, you’ll join a group of people who share the same drive to progress the field of nursing and you’ll be respected and supported as a professional from day one.  

We’re proud of our relationships with our local healthcare partners.  Put simply, it means we’re confident you’re going to love nursing with us as our courses are underpinned with cutting edge insights into healthcare delivery today.  And by the time you’re ready to graduate, you’ll possess essential values such as compassion and resilience.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.

Why study here?
  • For overall student satisfaction, we're top 25 for Adult Nursing and top 10 for Mental Health Nursing (National Student Survey, 2021).
  • At Essex you can spend a year abroad widening your nursing knowledge and skills.
  • 97% of our School of Health and Social Care students are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2020)
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Get work experience at the same time as a degree

Learn alongside top practitioners on one of our degree apprenticeships in health and social care

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Thinking about returning to practice?

 If you previously have been registered as a nurse in the UK, but your registration has lapsed, this course may be for you.  Find out more here.

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Constance's story

"There is nothing that gives you better joy than caring for somebody. We all have that within us to put that smile on someone's face. So if you're interested in mental health... I tell you, it is so rewarding giving people joy or hope again, you should try it."

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As a research student at Essex, you work at the heart of our internationally acknowledged and well-connected research community. 

We offer world-class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible.

When you choose to study with us, you'll gain more than just a qualification.  You'll be part of our learning community, and we've got plenty to offer.  Check out our facilities, and find out more about the School of Health and Social Care here.

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

Why study here?
  • We offer a number of Professional Doctorates and research courses which cover a variety of specialist areas within the health, social care and voluntary arenas.
  • A number of student scholarships and funding opportunities are available.
  • We specialise in applied, multi-disciplinary research that addresses local, national and international issues relating to health and social care policy and practice, and other related fields.
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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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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.


Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

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