University of Essex

At University of Essex curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018.
  • 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.
  • Committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research.

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (117)
Humanities (102)
Arts, Design & Architecture (40)



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.


The dedication to offering to the students a transformational education has led to Essex being awarded the highest rating of Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The UK Government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching, and ensure that prospective students can make informed choices. 

The TEF Panel judged the University of Essex delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and is of the highest quality found in the UK.


The Employability and Careers Centre can provide you with help and advice, as well as the chance to develop your employability through some fantastic and unique experiences and opportunities. 

They're here to:

  • Offer you friendly and professional, one-to-one sessions to discuss your future career.
  • Provide workshops to help with everything from writing a CV to interview skills.
  • Advise on part-time, vacation and graduate job opportunities, both on and off campus.
  • Get you signed-up for your Big Essex Award - your chance to record your work experience and extra-curricular activities on your degree transcript.
  • Help to support you in starting your own business with advice, workshops and tips.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
251 50
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
355 -8
347 -17
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
590 7
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

Essex has a wide range of support covering academic and health and wellbeing issues. The friendly and professional staff will be able to guide, advise and assist you during your time at Essex.

Housing services

Essex has 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.

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.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Colchester Campus
  • Southend Campus

Sports facilities

University of Essex has something for everyone from informal drop-in Active sessions, easy to follow learn-to sports courses, a high-tech gym, over 200 monthly fitness classes, indoor and outdoor courts and pitches, and much more. You’re sure to have fun and make a load of new friends along the way.


  • CIPD
  • CMI
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT(UK))

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

While there are certainly some downs - lile figuring out when to study, how to balance school and still survivng (cook, eat, shop, laundry, cleaning), overall I think everyone who can should complete their uni studies. It's a life experience and more time to figure out what you want from life... and makes it easier to get there (hopefully)

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The energy is infectiously positive. Courses are well thought out, effectively delivered and provide good value for money. I've been recommending them to all my friends. I am looking forward to being an alumnus someday!

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Top 50 for School of Law worldwide

Colchester, England, United Kingdom

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