University of Essex

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

Top reasons to study here

  • We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
  • We're a university going places with increasing numbers of students and one of the most international academic communities in the world.
  • We were named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in November 2018.

Bachelor's programmes

Humanities (40)
Social Sciences (40)
Business & Management (16)
Arts, Design & Architecture (12)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (9)
Computer Science & IT (6)
Law (6)
Engineering & Technology (3)
Medicine & Health (3)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



Sir Albert's plans were seen as so ground-breaking that he was asked to give the BBC's prestigious Reith Lectures in 1963, the year before we opened. The flagship lectures were a chance to explain how Essex was going to break the mould and challenge expectations about what a university could be. 


Our three faculties oversee teaching, academic development and research in our departments and schools while developing strong partnerships with business and industry.


Our researchers are daring, visionary thinkers, constantly asking difficult questions and providing answers that give insights into your life.

We look at issues that affect you both now and in the future - from how your online footprint affects your human rights to how we can feed the world's growing population. Our research shapes thinking and influences policy. We've helped governments model the effects of their economic policies and shaped the global debate on mental health law reform.


Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you make the most of your Essex experience.You don't need to have your future all planned out before you see us. We offer friendly, professional support and one-to-one advice to students and Essex graduates. We aim to help in enhancing your employability, directing you to exciting opportunities to develop your skills, improve your CV and gain valuable experience.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

Your Student Services Hub is the place to go for the information you need. Your question matters and you’ll get answers from experts. Drop us a line or pay us a visit, you’re always welcome.

There are three different enquiry desks in the Hub, all staffed by our knowledgeable team of advisers. We also have confidential meeting rooms for appointments with our specialist teams.

Housing services

If you are looking for the best university accommodation for you, then look no further. We offer a variety of exciting and comfortable accommodation choices, such as studios, single ensuite rooms, retro Towers, and Townhouses to suit all your needs. All this as well as a vibrant, inclusive campus for living and learning.

Library services

With three libraries and 24/7 study facilities, the library is there to make sure everything is at your fingertips. With dedicated quiet study spaces, out of hours chat, one-to-one slots to meet librarians and online resources, the library will help you through your degree no matter what.

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

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

All three campuses of the University of Essex – at Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Loughton – are friendly and supportive communities; special places where you're free to pursue excellence in your studies, make friends, embrace new interests and enjoy yourself.

Sports facilities

Sport has wider benefits too. Our research here at Essex shows that exercise can have a positive effect on your mental well-being and can boost your employability skills. That’s why we’ve made Essex Sport available for everyone.

We cater for a diverse range of people, from occasional exercisers to international athletes. Plus, through the UNIversal Gym Scheme, we're able to offer our student Annual Gold Members gym access to over 50 universities across the UK. And with low cost memberships for students, staff and members of the local community, we’ll make sure your health is at the core of everything we do.

Student clubs

There are seven convenes in the societies guild, which gather together different types of societies. The convenes are activities, arts, cultural, departmental, musical, political & representation and religious. 

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Top 50 for School of Law worldwide

A warm welcome
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My study experience was amazing! The university of Essex gave me so many opportunities to grow academically and personally. Going into my first year and studying abroad, I was scared of not being able to make new friends and I was terrified of failure but the facilities provided gave me everything I needed to make my journey unforgettable and getting the grades I wanted. I...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Essex was great, but onto new adventures

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