University of Essex

Colchester, United Kingdom

No. Students: 11,282 (2,587 int'l)*
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at University of Essex

We are one of the UK's leading academic institutions with a reputation for top quality teaching and research. Studying with us represents a real investment in your future. An Essex degree offers you many once-in-a-lifetime experiences:

  • Research excellence

We enjoy an international reputation for the quality of our research and were ranked ninth out of 159 institutions in the UK, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008). Over half our subject areas were rated in the top ten nationally, with four in the top five, re-confirming Essex as the leading social science university in the UK.

  • World class experience

Essex students learn in a modern, challenging and stimulating environment of world-class research and high-quality teaching by top academics who are leaders in their fields. We teach our students how to think, not what to think, offering something engaging and valuable. You will have the opportunity to engage with your chosen subject and in many cases you will also be able to cross traditional academic boundaries through interdisciplinary study.

  • Student satisfaction

We are ranked second for overall student satisfaction, amongst mainstream UK universities, following the National Student Survey (NSS, 2013).

  • Outstanding campus-based student experience

Alongside your academic studies, you can get involved in activities to improve your CV, your student days and the world around you. These range from sports clubs and societies, arts and music events, and volunteering projects. Our Students Union was recognized as one of the top 20 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Survey 2013.

  • International community

The University of Essex is a truly international institution with a long history of welcoming students from around the world. You will be welcomed into our friendly community to embrace many cultures and perspectives, both on campus and through opportunities to study or work abroad. After graduating, you will belong to a global network of Essex alumni, offering a sense of belonging and a group of potential contacts who share the same passion and enthusiasm for learning, life and Essex.

  • Employability

Outside of your academic studies, we support students in developing themselves and their CV to ensure success in their future career. Examples include study abroad opportunities; Languages for All study programme; frontrunners, our unique placement scheme; and the Big e, which is all the extra stuff you get from university life on top of your degree, like part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, careers guidance and employability workshops.

  • Perfectly located

Our three campuses in Colchester, Loughton and Southend are friendly and supportive and enjoy excellent transport links. Journey times to central London range from 40 to 70 minutes. Each campus is different, but they all share the same approach to delivering an exceptional learning experience.


Founded nearly fifty years ago, the University of Essex is ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for the quality of our research and second among mainstream UK universities for overall student satisfaction. We are one of the most internationally diverse campus-based universities in Britain, with more than one third of our 11,000 students coming from outside the UK.

At Essex, we enjoy an outstanding reputation for the high quality of our research and teaching, meaning you are taught, supported and supervised by world leading academics. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), we were ranked ninth nationally for research excellence and re-confirmed our standing as the UK’s top social science university.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate study across the social sciences, humanities and comparative studies, science and engineering, and law and management. Our courses and research opportunities allow you to develop your knowledge and understanding, as well as provide the key skills and training to successfully enter your chosen career.

We have more than 11,000 students at three campuses in Essex, and partnerships with education institutions across the region. We are one of the most internationally diverse campus-based universities in Britain, with more than one third of our 11,000 students coming from outside the UK. We offer an outstanding campus-based student experience and are ranked second for overall student satisfaction amongst mainstream English universities.


Many of our courses are accredited by professional and industry bodies, which mean our courses are readily recognised by employers and our graduates have professional membership or status when they compete on the job market. Please refer to individual course listings for further information.


We offer you a whole range of services to help your studies, support you while you are here and help you enjoy your time at Essex.

  • IT Services

We offer first class IT facilities and an online learning environment to complement your work in lectures, seminars, workshops, and tutorials.

  • Accommodation

We offer you well-managed, cost-effective and award-winning accommodation, within walking distance of the heart of our campuses. Our Residents' Support Network also gives you extra support to help you get the most from university life.

  • Library

We provide you with first class library facilities to complement and assist your studies. These include long opening hours; access to more than one million books and journals; unique collections including the work of Sigmund Freud and the Royal Statistical Society; and nationally significant collections covering Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe.

  • Student Union

Helping you get the most out of your time at University is at the heart of the work of our Students' Union (SU). Our SU aims to provide the best possible facilities, offering opportunities to get involved in all kinds of activities and being there to support you.

  • Catering

You wont go hungry at Essex; we offer a wide choice of cafés, restaurants and bars on our campuses and close by. In addition, our high-quality self-catering accommodation offers you the chance to cook for yourself or share meals with your flatmates.

Student life

Our bustling campuses in Colchester, Loughton and Southend allow you to get fully involved in student life. Having all our services and facilities within easy reach lets you take every opportunity to try new experiences and pursue your interests, while enjoying a world-class education.

We have one of the most active students' unions in the country, numerous clubs and societies, extensive arts facilities - including a theatre on each campus and award-winning accommodation. We are also investing more than £200 million in our facilities.

We have a uniquely international outlook and each year welcome students from more than 130 countries.

Why we are special

  • Friendly campuses
  • Supportive environment
  • Active Students Union
  • Excellent facilities
  • International outlook

Master's Programmes at University of Essex

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Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents

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