University of Essex

Top reasons to study here

  • Named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018.
  • Proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
  • Committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (69)
Business & Management (47)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)

About

History

Sir Albert's plans were seen as so ground-breaking that he was asked to give the BBC's prestigious Reith Lectures in 1963, the year before we opened. The flagship lectures were a chance to explain how Essex was going to break the mould and challenge expectations about what a university could be. 

Education

Our three faculties oversee teaching, academic development and research in our departments and schools while developing strong partnerships with business and industry.

Research

The dedication to offering to the students a transformational education has led to Essex being awarded the highest rating of Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The UK Government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching, and ensure that prospective students can make informed choices. 

The TEF Panel judged the University of Essex delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Career

The Employability and Careers Centre can provide you with help and advice, as well as the chance to develop your employability through some fantastic and unique experiences and opportunities. 

They're here to:

  • Offer you friendly and professional, one-to-one sessions to discuss your future career.
  • Provide workshops to help with everything from writing a CV to interview skills.
  • Advise on part-time, vacation and graduate job opportunities, both on and off campus.
  • Get you signed-up for your Big Essex Award - your chance to record your work experience and extra-curricular activities on your degree transcript.
  • Help to support you in starting your own business with advice, workshops and tips.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2020
370 -15
2019
355 -8
2018
347
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2020
-
2019
251
2018
251
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2020
-
2019
590 7
2018
597
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.

Services

Student services

Essex has a wide range of support covering academic and health and wellbeing issues. The friendly and professional staff will be able to guide, advise and assist you during your time at Essex.

Housing services

Essex has a range of accommodation options to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities. We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available.

Library services

With three libraries and 24/7 study facilities, the library is there to make sure everything is at your fingertips. With dedicated quiet study spaces, out of hours chat, one-to-one slots to meet librarians and online resources, the library will help you through your degree no matter what.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Colchester Campus
Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.
  • Southend Campus

Our Southend Campus is based in the heart of this vibrant and modern seaside town.

With its lively, state-of-the-art facilities and a close-knit international community, Southend is the perfect environment for living and learning.

Sports facilities

University of Essex has something for everyone from informal drop-in Active sessions, easy to follow learn-to sports courses, a high-tech gym, over 200 monthly fitness classes, indoor and outdoor courts and pitches, and much more. You’re sure to have fun and make a load of new friends along the way.

Student clubs

From the departmentally-focused and culturally-based, to the downright weird and wonderful (Harry Potter Society, anyone?), there's an SU society for everyone. Whether you enjoy cringing through those 'so-bad-they're-good' films, have a passion for cheese and wine, want to gain even more support and experience in your subject, or just want to see some friendly faces from your home country, the chances are there'll be a club or society for you to join.

Accreditation

  • CIPD
  • CMI
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT(UK))

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

While there are certainly some downs - lile figuring out when to study, how to balance school and still survivng (cook, eat, shop, laundry, cleaning), overall I think everyone who can should complete their uni studies. It's a life experience and more time to figure out what you want from life... and makes it easier to get there (hopefully)

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The energy is infectiously positive. Courses are well thought out, effectively delivered and provide good value for money. I've been recommending them to all my friends. I am looking forward to being an alumnus someday!

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

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