We are a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We are committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. Our students are members of a unique, transformational living and learning experience which empowers them with the skills to make a difference to the world around them.

Top reasons to study here

  • We are a home for the talented and the tenacious, the brave and the bold, and those who are impatient for change.
  • Our flexible course structures allow you to tailor your degree around your own interests, developing specialism in your own area.
  • Guaranteed accommodation!

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (39)
Business & Management (26)
Humanities (17)
Arts, Design & Architecture (8)
Medicine & Health (7)
Computer Science & IT (6)
Education & Training (5)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Engineering & Technology (4)
Journalism & Media (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
  • Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies



'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.


  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Short courses
  • University of Essex online


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 2018, mainstream universities).

*Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.


  • Our award-winning placement scheme Frontrunners offers paid work on campus.
  • Volunteering proves you are committed and reliable as well as community-focused.
  • Our Employability Award is for people who are serious about getting an amazing job.
  • Our careers staff provide one-to-one support throughout your time at Essex.
  • We ensure career skills are embedded in your modules and courses and arrange for companies to visit campus.
  • Once you’ve left Essex, you can still benefit from our support for the rest of your life!

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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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

Whatever your needs, we’re here to help. We’ll provide you with all the facilities and support you require to make the most of your time at Essex. Your student days will be exciting, challenging and rewarding, and there may be moments when you need some support and guidance.

Our Student Services Hub provides confidential advice and information on manyhealth and wellbeing issues, including finance and funding, entitlement to benefits, and immigration issues. We administer hardship funds and provide extensive support to students with disabilities.

Housing services

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 £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.

Find out everything you need to know about accommodation at Essex on our website.

Library services

  • Overlooking the lakes and parkland at the heart of our Colchester Campus, the Albert Sloman Library is six floors of e-resources, research resources (including thesis binding), specialist materials, and of course, a whole lot of books.
  • You lucky Southend lot have access to The Forum – a state-of-the-art public and academic library with outstanding research and learning facilities.

ICT services

Got a problem with your laptop? Can’t connect your smartphone to our campus wireless network? Want to get your hands on some free software? Our friendly IT Helpdesks are here to make sure you get the best from all the IT resources we have available.

Medical services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

Essex is a county in the east of England and is situated to the east of London. From pretty villages set in peaceful surroundings to busy market towns steeped in history, from tranquil walks along wide sandy beaches to town centres brimming with history and culture, there is plenty on offer in the beautiful county of Essex.

No matter which campus you’re based at, you’ll feel like a member of the Essex community. We have three campuses at Colchester, Loughton and Southend. Each campus is different but offers the same world-class education.

Sports facilities

  • We are renowned for our research on the benefits of green exercise and we practise what we preach! We have a wide range of bothindoor and outdoor facilities. The outdoor sport area covers 40 acres and ncludes various sport pitches, courts and an 18-hole disc golf course. There is definitely something for everyone.
  • The Sports Centre supplements these facilities with a large sports hall,Evolve Gym, squash courts, activity studios forfitness classes, and is the home to ourPerformance Sport.
  • You can access a number of sportsfacilities in Southend and Loughton, including our state-of-the-artEvolve Gymlocated at our University Square residences, just three-minutes walk from our Southend Campus.

Student clubs

We’re famous for our Students’ Union at Essex, and for good reason.

It’s completely different to anywhere else, because here you’re not just a member of a normal Students’ Union, you’re part of a family. An unconventional family made up of over 13,000 students, all with unique quirks and bold ambitions. A straight-talking family that won’t tell you what to think and will always encourage you to challenge, imagine and create


  • Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • CFA Recognised Partner
  • IMC Advantage Partner

Student Reviews

A warm welcome
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
My study experience was amazing! The university of Essex gave me so many opportunities to grow academically and personally. Going into my first year and studying abroad, I was scared of not being able to make new friends and I was terrified of failure but the facilities provided gave me everything I needed to make my journey unforgettable and getting the grades I wanted. I still remember my fir...
Overall experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
It was a pleasant experience . The accomadation was nice. The lecturers were really good !
Studying at University of Essex
Steven Fenn rated 4 out of 5 stars
Learning in depth about French and Spanish culture, also delivering presentations and conducting research. Improvements could be including more learning in seminars as apposed to going over set homework.

Colchester, England, United Kingdom