University of Essex

Colchester, United Kingdom
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.
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Why should I study here at University of Essex?


Ever since opening our doors fifty years ago, we've been pushing boundaries, asking difficult questions and challenging the status quo. We're rebels with a cause.


We've got an international reputation for excellence in research, and excellence in teaching. In 2014 we were ranked in the top 20 for our world-leading research, coming a fantastic top 5 for social science.


From the outset, we've embedded internationalism in our DNA, and with over 12,000 students from more than 123 different countries, we're one of the most internationally diverse universities on the planet.


We were awarded the prestigious Queens Anniversary Prize: Human Rights (2010) and the Queens awards for enterprise: Sustainable Development (2008).

They love us so much, they've voted us top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction two years in a row.

We're proud to have been awarded the 2013 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students, for our unique placement scheme, Frontrunners.


Our award-winning Employability and Careers Centre will help you graduate with the best chance of success. Shortlisted in the National Placement and Internship Awards for outstanding work to support students in 2013, they'll provide you with help and advice, and the chance to develop your employability through some truly fantastic and unique experiences and opportunities.


Whether you study in the beautiful historic parkland of our Colchester Campus, the bustling and lively town centre of Southend-on-Sea, or in our stately home at Loughton, you'll never be more than an hour from London, with great transport links to the city and international airports on your doorstep.

About University of Essex

We are Essex. Were on the side of independent thinkers, the bold, the inquisitive, and those impatient for change.

Be taught and supported by world-leading academics, have the freedom to ask difficult questions and a genuine license to take intellectual risks as a postgraduate student at the University of Essex.

Dont wait for change, make it happen nows your chance to join our lively and supportive, 3,000-strong postgraduate community. The brightest and the best travel from all over the globe to further their studies at Essex, immersing themselves in pioneering thinking, and breaking intellectual boundaries. If youre keen to make an impact and change the world around you, welcome home.

For over fifty years, weve provided a supportive and empowering, research-intense environment, and our hard work shows. Were placed in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), coming a fantastic fourth for social science, and housing the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.

Choose from a wide range of disciplines, and enjoy the broader experience on offer get ready to work hard and play hard. To discover your perfect course, visit our course finder and start exploring now.

Our staff provide one-to-one guidance and our postgraduate courses equip you with the skills demanded by today's employers in a highly competitive world, ensuring that your employability is ahead of the game.

We understand that money matters, which is why weve developed a comprehensive package of bursaries and scholarships, to make sure all of our students have the potential to succeed.

Starting from just over £75 per week (some of the cheapest in the UK!), our comprehensive range of award-winning accommodation is sure to make you feel at home weve got something to suit every budget and every personality.

Join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, well-loved actors, astronauts, and over 75,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world and share the Essex spirit. Think youve got what it takes?

We are Essex. Are you?

Accreditations of University of Essex

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 at University of Essex

No matter which of our three campuses you study at, you'll enjoy a student experience like no other.

Our unique combination of living and learning is what makes us popular. So popular, in fact, that our students have voted us into the top 10 for satisfaction (National Student Survey) for two years in a row! This is your chance to join some of the happiest students around.

Our award-winning Students Union is extra special. Why? Because here you're not just a member of a normal Students Union, you're part of a family. We believe every single Essex student has the power to change the world, to make it a better place, and that by working together we can achieve amazing things.

University isn't just about studying, and here, we like to work hard and play hard. Alongside your academic studies, you'll have the chance to get involved in activities to improve your CV, your student experience, and the world around you! These range from over 150 active sports clubs and societies, arts and music events, and volunteering projects. There's truly something for everyone.

The beauty of our compact and sociable campuses means that you're never far away from fantastic facilities. At our Colchester Campus you'll find shops, cafés, restaurants, bars, a gym, art gallery, theatre, post office and even a hairdresser on-site, and in Southend and Loughton, our campuses are in the heart of bustling towns with everything you need so nearby, its impossible to get bored here!

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Master's Programmes at University of Essex

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Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at University of Essex!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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