Applicant Days

Applicant Days

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If you are a UK/EU applicant for an undergraduate degree at Essex, you will be invited to attend an Applicant Day. The information on these pages are for applicants who have been invited to an Applicant Day. 

Our Applicant Days focus on the course and Department you have applied to. They are an opportunity to meet relevant subject academic staff, chat to current students and get all your questions answered before you make your final choices via UCAS.

Some of our courses require a compulsory interview as part of the recruitment process so it is important you attend. If this is the case it will be clearly stated on your myEssex portal once you have received your invitation. For other courses, the interview is not compulsory. The following tables outline the subjects for in which it’s compulsory to attend an Applicant Day and interview, and those where it is optional.

Your Applicant Day invitation will be sent via email - so keep an eye out for it!

If you are an international applicant, please email us if you would like to attend an Applicant Day.

Compulsory and optional interviews

Compulsory interviews

  • French Law
  • Adult and Mental Health Nursing (Colchester campus)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy


The following courses are based at our Southend Campus so if you have applied for either of these courses please follow the information in your Applicant Day Programme only.

  • Adult and Mental Health Nursing (Southend campus)
  • Oral Health Science
  • Social Work

Optional interviews

  • Accounting, Finance and Banking
  • American Studies
  • Art History
  • Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Edge Hotel School - Hospitality and Events Management
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law and Human Rights
  • Liberal Arts
  • Life Sciences
  • Literature
  • Management and Marketing
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Sports and Exercise Science
  • Sports Performance and Coaching
  • Sports Therapy