University of Essex

University of Essex

Home to the curious, brave, and bold. We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. We’re about people who love to learn how, but want to challenge why. 

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 25th in the UK for research quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • Committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (75)
Business & Management (59)
Humanities (42)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)



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. 


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


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.


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 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
301 -50
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
401 100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
439 -28
411 -41
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
656 -45
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

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.


  • 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 4 out of 5 stars

It's a very helpful university with a lot going on. From athletics, sports to societies and studying. The uni does a good job of offering support, support, helping students in every part of their time there. They help with accommodation, health, monetary issues and much more.

Work hard in silence and let success be your noise.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I haven’t started with the course yet but I truely believe my experience will be splendid while I will start my Course this October.

Best UK University
Sahil Bhatia rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent university, they managed every thing very well even in the middle of the pandemic. They follow every protocol strictly and help students in all situations. Most suitable for internationsal students.

Colchester, England, United Kingdom

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