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The University of Essex

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Colchester, east England

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Student Population:

10 000

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Humanities and Comparitive Studies, Social Sciences, Law and Management, Science and Engineering

Why study at the University of Essex?

Essex has a strong academic ranking, international outlook and a global network of successful alumni ensure its name is known and respected around the world. Essex prides itself on taking good care of its international students and makes every effort to ensure they go on to their careers or further study with the skills, knowledge and personal attributes to succeed.


Teaching Quality

The University has grown in both reputation and size, developing a worldwide reputation for top-quality teaching and research.

  • Essex is very highly ranked in 8th position out of the 118 universities in the UK (Sunday Times ‘Best Marks for Teaching’ league table 2008).
  • The University was ranked 7th in the UK for teaching quality in the most recent Government Teaching Assessments.


Research Quality

Students can look forward to studying in world-renowned academic departments offering dynamic and relevant courses.

  • Essex was ranked 9th in the UK overall out of 159 universities for the quality of its research. Cutting edge research feeds into teaching at all levels. Students at Essex benefit from the most up-to-date knowledge and thinking, taught by academics at the forefront of their fields.
  • Most of its academic departments and schools were rated as 'internationally excellent'.
  • 22% of research activity is rated 4* - world-leading in terms of originality and significance.
  • 63% of research activity is rated as at least internationally excellent.
  • 93% of research activity is rated as internationally recognized.
  • Essex was ranked as the top University across the Social Sciences – confirming Essex as the leading social science university in the UK.
  • Over half of the subject areas were rated in the top ten nationally.
  • Four were rated in the top five: 1st for Politics, 1st (jointly) for Sociology; 2nd for Accounting and Finance, and History; 3rd for Economics; 4th for Languages and Linguistics.
  • One in the Top 10: 9th for Art History
  • One in the Top 20: 11th for Electronic Engineering


An international experience

There are few universities in the world which can match Essex’s diversity with respect to ethnicity and citizenship of staff and students. Students run cultural societies and events creating a vibrant international community and an opportunity for students to develop an international network.


Student Satisfaction

  • Essex was rated 16th nationally for student satisfaction. In the last National Student Satisfaction Survey, 88% of students were satisfied with their experience at Essex.
  • Several departments achieved 100% satisfaction ratings, meaning they are amongst the leading departments for student satisfaction in the UK.
  • For a number of years the University has independently carried out its own students’ satisfaction survey. Overall 86% of those surveyed were satisfied with their experience at Essex.
  • The University is rated fifteenth in the UK for offering the best all-round student experience (Times Higher Education Survey, 2010)
  • Essex scores strongly for its high-quality and helpful staff, well-structured courses, and good extracurricular activities, community atmosphere and campus environment.
  • Essex accommodation was voted ‘Best University Halls 2009’ in the UK’s National Student Housing Survey.


Employable Graduates

From the start of their studies and after graduation, the University of Essex offers help and information for all work-related activities.

  • The University of Essex belongs to the 1994 Group, which brings together nineteen internationally renowned, research-intensive universities, established to promote excellence in research and teaching.
  • Attending a prestigious and research-led institution can increase a student’s earnings potential.
  • A study by the 1994 group of smaller research universities, of which Essex is one, shows that graduates of the 1994 Group or the Russell Group have greater earning potential across most subjects compared with other institutions.
  • Graduates the 1994 Group/Russell Group were more likely to hold a graduate-level job, more likely to earn over £20,000 per annum.


Variety of Courses

A dynamic academic environment, Essex offers extensive facilities and support services to ensure its students achieve the best from their studies.

  • There are 4 faculties at Essex – Humanities and Comparative Studies, Law and Management, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences – comprising of 18 academic schools.
  • In addition to the academic departments, the university has established a number of centres and institutes to bring together those with a common interest in a particular subject area to provide a focus on research.
  • Essex has an International Academy offering foundation and language pathways for international students to meet the admissions requirements of UK universities.



Colchester campus is set within 200 acres of parkland next to Britain’s oldest recorded town.

The Southend campus is a new modern campus, which opened in 2005, and is set in the middle of busy Southend and is only five minutes from the seafront.

The Loughton Campus is the base for students of East 15 Acting School’s Courses which offers a compact and friendly campus with state-of-the art studios, technical equipment and theatre space.

With a vibrant modern town and relaxing beautiful countryside. Colchester and the surrounding area on the Essex/Suffolk border are among the most beautiful and atmospheric in England. The region’s landscape has been an inspiration to many artists and there are many picturesque villages close to the campus. The many beautiful beaches of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk are also within easy reach. Colchester has many historic buildings including Roman walls and a castle and it has grown to become a thriving cultural and entertainment centre for the region.

Colchester is an ideal location – the campuses are less than one hour by train from central London. There is also excellent access to Europe by sea (Harwich International port) and through Stanstead airport, where cheap flights can take you to over 100 destinations in Europe – with a direct coach link from the University.

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