Impatient to make a difference?


We are creating the next generation of healthcare professionals and equipping them with the skills to create meaningful impact. 

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, our MSci Nursing (dual award of Adult and Mental Health), 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.


Explore our undergraduate nursing courses

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Why study here?
  • We're 22nd in the UK for Mental Health Nursing (Guardian University Guide 2024).
  • We are ranked 14th for mental health nursing for overall positivity score (National Student Survey 2023, English Broad Discipline Institutions).
  • 97% of undergraduate graduates from the School of Health and Social Care are in highly skilled employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023).
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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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Chat with Nkiruka, a BSc Nursing (Mental Health) student

Want to know more about BSc Nursing (Mental Health) through someone who has experience studying at the University of Essex? Speak to a 2nd year student below.

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

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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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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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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.