University of Essex

Colchester, England, United Kingdom
We are a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We are committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. Our students are members of a unique, transformational living and learning experience which empowers them with the skills to make a difference to the world around them.



'A new kind of university…where students could live and learn… and research really mattered' – this was the founding vision of Essex’s first Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman. The plans were seen as so ground-breaking that Sir Albert was asked to give the prestigious Reith Lectures on BBC Radio in 1963, the year before we opened to explain our cutting-edge approach to study, research and teaching.


  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Short courses
  • University of Essex online


We're one of the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. Our researchers are daring, visionary thinkers; people who are constantly asking difficult questions. Our research is shaping thinking, and influencing policy.

Some centres and institutes:
  • Bibliographical History, Centre for
  • Computational Finance and Economic Agents (CCFEA), Centre for*
  • Computational Intelligence, Centre for
  • Creative Writing, Centre for
  • Criminology, Centre for
  • Curatorial Studies, Centre for
  • Analytics and Data Science, Institute for
  • Electoral Research, Institute for
  • Essex Accounting Centre
  • Essex Biomedical Sciences Institute (EBSI)
  • Essex Finance Centre (EFiC)
  • Essex Sustainability Institute (ESI)
  • Centre for Work, Organisation and Society


  • Our award-winning placement scheme Frontrunners offers paid work on campus.
  • Volunteering proves you are committed and reliable as well as community-focused.
  • Our Employability Award is for people who are serious about getting an amazing job.
  • Our careers staff provide one-to-one support throughout your time at Essex.
  • We ensure career skills are embedded in your modules and courses and arrange for companies to visit campus.
  • Once you’ve left Essex, you can still benefit from our support for the rest of your life!

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (115)
Social Sciences (109)
Arts, Design & Architecture (43)
Business & Management (38)
Law (18)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (18)
Computer Science & IT (14)
Medicine & Health (8)
Engineering & Technology (7)
Education & Training (4)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (3)
Journalism & Media (2)


Student services

Whatever your needs, we’re here to help. We’ll provide you with all the facilities and support you require to make the most of your time at Essex. Your student days will be exciting, challenging and rewarding, and there may be moments when you need some support and guidance.

Our Student Services Hub provides confidential advice and information on manyhealth and wellbeing issues, including finance and funding, entitlement to benefits, and immigration issues. We administer hardship funds and provide extensive support to students with disabilities.

Housing services

We have a range of accommodation options to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities. We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available.

Colchester Campus

All our single accommodation is arranged into self-catering flats with fully equipped shared kitchens. Use our interactive 360 degree tours of the Colchester Campus to see inside our accommodation residences.

  • The Towers
  • South Courts
  • The Houses
  • The Meadows
  • University Quays
  • Wolfson Court
Southend Campus
  • University Square flats all have en suite bathrooms and shared kitchens. We also offer self-contained studio flats.

Library services

  • Overlooking the lakes and parkland at the heart of our Colchester Campus, the Albert Sloman Library is six floors of e-resources, research resources (including thesis binding), specialist materials, and of course, a whole lot of books.
  • You lucky Southend lot have access to The Forum – a state-of-the-art public and academic library with outstanding research and learning facilities.

ICT services

Got a problem with your laptop? Can’t connect your smartphone to our campus wireless network? Want to get your hands on some free software? Our friendly IT Helpdesks are here to make sure you get the best from all the IT resources we have available.

Medical services

Your Student Services Hub provides advice, information and support on a range of health and wellbeing issues.

We can provide you with support and advice to help you to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. Please make sure you register with a doctor while studying with us. The NHS also provides lots of other services to support you.

Student Life

Campus life

Essex is a county in the east of England and is situated to the east of London. From pretty villages set in peaceful surroundings to busy market towns steeped in history, from tranquil walks along wide sandy beaches to town centres brimming with history and culture, there is plenty on offer in the beautiful county of Essex.

No matter which campus you’re based at, you’ll feel like a member of the Essex community. We have three campuses at Colchester, Loughton and Southend. Each campus is different but offers the same world-class education.

Sports facilities

  • We are renowned for our research on the benefits of green exercise and we practise what we preach! We have a wide range of bothindoor and outdoor facilities. The outdoor sport area covers 40 acres and ncludes various sport pitches, courts and an 18-hole disc golf course. There is definitely something for everyone.
  • The Sports Centre supplements these facilities with a large sports hall,Evolve Gym, squash courts, activity studios forfitness classes, and is the home to ourPerformance Sport.
  • You can access a number of sportsfacilities in Southend and Loughton, including our state-of-the-artEvolve Gymlocated at our University Square residences, just three-minutes walk from our Southend Campus.

Student clubs

We’re famous for our Students’ Union at Essex, and for good reason.

It’s completely different to anywhere else, because here you’re not just a member of a normal Students’ Union, you’re part of a family. An unconventional family made up of over 13,000 students, all with unique quirks and bold ambitions. A straight-talking family that won’t tell you what to think and will always encourage you to challenge, imagine and create


  • Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • CFA Recognised Partner
  • IMC Advantage Partner

Colchester, England, United Kingdom

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