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.
  • #311 Ranking
  • 199 Masters
  • 13179 Students

About

Home to a brave new vision

The architecture of Essex’s Colchester Campus was designed to integrate social and educational space to foster a real sense of community. ‘Brutalist’ buildings such as the Albert Sloman Library and the Hexagon, created by architect Kenneth Capon, have now become iconic. You can listen to Professor Jules Lubbock and Dr William Whyte discuss the celebrated architecture at Colchester Campus.

Essex Spirit

In 1964, 122 students arrived at our University for the very first academic year, attracted by its bold vision. Over the next five decades over 70,000 students from more than 130 countries would graduate, and inspired by the inquisitive and ambitious Essex Spirit, they would go on to make a difference in the world.

We have a proud tradition of encouraging students to challenge convention and think differently. Our graduates include two Nobel Prize winners – economist Professor Chris Pissarides and peace campaigner Óscar Arias Sánchez, who has served as President of Costa Rica on two occasions.

Research pioneers

Our academics have produced work which has inspired entire generations and helped establish Essex’s reputation for research in the UK, particularly in the social sciences. This ranges from pioneering work on poverty and inequality by Professor Peter Townsend, to the development of the world’s first publicly available computer language by Professor Tony Brooker.

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.

We are ranked 19th in the UK for the quality of our research.

Our excellent facilities and services support research excellence in social science, science and health, and the humanities.

We are proud to offer our facilities and services, plus quality venues and business consultancy, to organisations.
Explore our facilities:
  • Biological Sciences
Our school of Biological Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for conducting research in the life sciences and for training undergraduates and research students.
  • Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
We are ranked joint 8th in the UK for Computer Science in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities.Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is supported by excellent facilities. We are served by a gigabit Ethernet LAN and we have our own gigabit backbone; standard network connectivity is 100Mbit/second.
  • Psychology
We are ranked 13th in the UK for our Psychology research, and our dedicated Centre for Brain Science houses our exceptionally well-equipped research labs.We also have a range of facilities available for a wide range of other psychological studies, and we are an ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centre.
  • Social sciences and humanities
We are top 4 in the country for social science research (REF 2014). We have specialist social sciences labs for research experiments, plus a range of facilities for humanities and the creative arts.Other facilities for social science and humanities specialisms include language labs for translation and research, plus for the creative arts excellent, newly-refurbished theatres and performance spaces for visiting company productions, away-days and workshops.
  • Business services and consultancy and businesses choosing to work with us.
Our expertise is helping to drive business forward: we have an unequivocal commitment to creating jobs and growth in the East of England region.We have created the Knowledge Gateway our 43 acre science and business park to deliver the benefits that a world-class university can provide in a knowledge-based economy.

Research

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.

We are ranked 19th in the UK for the quality of our research.

Our excellent facilities and services support research excellence in social science, science and health, and the humanities.

We are proud to offer our facilities and services, plus quality venues and business consultancy, to organisations.
Explore our facilities:
  • Biological Sciences
Our school of Biological Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for conducting research in the life sciences and for training undergraduates and research students.
  • Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
We are ranked joint 8th in the UK for Computer Science in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities.Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering is supported by excellent facilities. We are served by a gigabit Ethernet LAN and we have our own gigabit backbone; standard network connectivity is 100Mbit/second.
  • Psychology
We are ranked 13th in the UK for our Psychology research, and our dedicated Centre for Brain Science houses our exceptionally well-equipped research labs.We also have a range of facilities available for a wide range of other psychological studies, and we are an ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centre.
  • Social sciences and humanities
We are top 4 in the country for social science research (REF 2014). We have specialist social sciences labs for research experiments, plus a range of facilities for humanities and the creative arts.Other facilities for social science and humanities specialisms include language labs for translation and research, plus for the creative arts excellent, newly-refurbished theatres and performance spaces for visiting company productions, away-days and workshops.
  • Business services and consultancy and businesses choosing to work with us.
Our expertise is helping to drive business forward: we have an unequivocal commitment to creating jobs and growth in the East of England region.We have created the Knowledge Gateway our 43 acre science and business park to deliver the benefits that a world-class university can provide in a knowledge-based economy.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (66)
Business & Management (48)
Humanities (34)
Medicine & Health (24)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (17)
Computer Science & IT (15)
Arts, Design & Architecture (10)
Education & Training (9)
Engineering & Technology (6)
Journalism & Media (6)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)

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

Services

Whether you want some advice on your finances, need your laptop looking at, or are feeling under the weather, were here to help. Find out about the facilities and support we have on offer:

  • sport
  • Albert Sloman Library
  • Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery
  • IT services
  • Student services and support
  • employability and careers
  • religion and faith
  • facilities and support at our Loughton Campus
Student finance
The F word - finance. It might seem a little bit nerve-wracking, but dont let it put you off its not as scary as you think.Whilst theres no denying that coming to University is a big financial commitment (think tuition fees, rent, phone bills and burgers in Happy Days Diner), there are loads of ways to help make sure you dont break the bank. Our student finance information gives you all the information you need.
Healthcare
You can benefit from quick access to medical services at both the Colchester and Southend campuses. Theres also dental services on campus at Southend. International students on a course of at least six months are generally eligible for NHS treatment, but its best to double check before you get here. Find out more about registering with a doctor, healthcare and dental services.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers 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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