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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 offer a variety of routes into nursing -  we have traditional BSc programmes, as well as apprenticeship routes also.

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.


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Why study here?
  • The University of Essex is ranked top 40 for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2002 (Broad discipline English universities).
  • At Essex you can spend a year abroad widening your nursing knowledge and skills.
  • 98% of undergraduate graduates from the School of Health and Social Care are in highly skilled employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022)
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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.

Our research is organised into four research groups: Public health and social policyAssessment and management of neuro-developmental and acquired disordersPhysical 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.

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

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

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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.

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