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The University of Essex

• 22nd in the Times Good University Guide 2018
• 25th for UK research quality (TGUG 2018)
• Awarded the highest rating of Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017
• Essex is top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017, mainstream universities)
• Ranked 25th in the QS World University Rankings for our number of international students (QS 2018)
• 22nd in the Times Good University Guide 2018
• 25th for UK research quality (TGUG 2018)
• Top 5 for services and facilities spend per student (TGUG 2018)
• Ranked 15th for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings 2017

Main Campus:

Colchester, Southend, Loughton

Student Population:

International Students:


•Faculty of Humanities
•Faculty of Science and Health
•Faculty of Social Sciences


We are Essex: home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold. We’re a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook.

With over 15,500 students from more than 147 different countries, making us one of the most internationally diverse universities on the planet – you’ll find the world in one place here at Essex. Ranked as 22nd in The Times Good University Guide 2018, we’re proud to have provided excellence in research and excellence in education for over 50 years.

At Essex you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intensive environment. We are ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017) which means we deliver an excellent educational experience. Our trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and we are ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018). We’re loved by our students too; Essex is top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017, mainstream universities).

Whether you study in the beautiful historic parkland of our Colchester Campus, the bustling lively town centre of Southend-on-Sea, or in our stately home at Loughton, this is your chance to become a member of the one of the happiest groups of students around. The flexibility of our courses gives you the power to pursue the things that matter to you. Now’s your chance to 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 their Essex spirit.

Up for a challenge and want to make an impact on the world around you?

Welcome home.


At Essex, you’re not just a student, but a member of a global community. We’ll help you grow, and give you the confidence and skills to challenge convention and shape what goes on around you. Your time at Essex will be full of opportunities to meet new people, try new things and develop new skills.

Set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester Campus is built around five compact and bustling squares, which encourages our academics and students from different departments to work together, nurturing the interdisciplinary nature of our teaching and research.

Our Southend Campus is based in the heart of this vibrant and modern seaside town. Southend is affectionately known as ‘London’s playground’, where you can sail, kitesurf or cycle along the coast. If you’re a thrill-seeker, take a ride on the rollercoasters at Adventure Island and then stop off for some fish and chips on the beach. With award-winning nightlife, comedy shows and theatre, a night out in Southend-on-Sea is hard to beat.


University shouldn’t just be about studying, and here, we like to work hard and play hard. This is your chance to pursue your passions. You can meet like-minded people or try out something new with our Students’ Union sports clubs and societies. These range from over 150 active sports clubs and societies, arts and music events, and volunteering projects. There’s truly something for everyone.


We like to make things that much easier for our students and that’s why, at either our Colchester or Southend Campus, we’ll guarantee you university-provided accommodation for your first year of study.

Starting from around £80 per week*, our comprehensive range of award-winning accommodation is sure to make you feel at home – we’ve got something to suit every budget and every personality.

All our university-provided accommodation consists of single study bedrooms, grouped in self-contained flats of various sizes, with communal kitchen-dining facilities. No matter where you live on-campus, you’ll have access to free Wi-Fi.

*Based on 2018 entry pricing


We all need a bit of support and guidance from time to time. That’s where our friendly Student Support staff can help. They offer free, confidential advice and information on all kinds of welfare issues. Whether you’re worried about money, need guidance on immigration, or are struggling with your studies, our Student Services Hub are always on hand to help during your time with us.

Our students care about each other and also run Nightline – an anonymous and confidential listening service run by students, for students.


Please visit our website for the current tuition fees and information about scholarship opportunities: www.essex.ac.uk/fees-and-funding

Areas Of Study

Faculty of Humanities:

  • Department of History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Centre
  • School of Law
  • Human Rights Centre
  • Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
  • School of Philosophy and Art History
  • East 15 Acting School
  • Essex Pathways Department

Faculty of Science and Health:

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
  • Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents
  • School of Health and Social Care
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
  • School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences:

  • Department of Economics
  • Essex Business School
  • Department of Government
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research
  • Department of Language and Linguistics
  • Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Department of Sociology
how can we help you?

Contact us at the Consulting office nearest to you or submit a business enquiry online.