University of Essex


The University of Essex is a public research university in Colchester, Essex, England. It was established in 1963 and received its Royal Charter in 1965. The university’s largest campus is located within Wivenhoe Park in the English county of Essex.

The university’s motto, Thought the harder, heart the keener, is adapted from the Anglo-Saxon poem The Battle of Maldon.

The university exhibits an international character with 132 countries represented in its student body. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 ranked Essex in the top 20 universities in the UK for the quality of its research and the top 5 for social science.

The university is referenced by QS World University Rankings as being in the top 2% of universities in the world, and as a world leader in social sciences (top 150) and management, with internationally recognised strengths in the arts and humanities (top 250).

The QS statistics ranked Essex the 5th most international university in the UK for staff and the 11th most international student body.

The University of Essex was at the forefront of 1960s student unrest. At a time of worldwide protest against the Vietnam War, the student movement was taking off all over the world


The university is organised into three faculties, comprising 17 schools and departments, spanning the Humanities, Social Sciences and Science and Health.

Faculty of Humanities

  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH)
  • Department of History
  • Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
  • East 15 Acting School
  • International Academy
  • School of Philosophy and Art History
  • School of Law
  • Human Rights Centre

Faculty of Science and Health

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Psychology
  • School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
  • School of Health and Human Sciences
  • Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Government
  • Department of Language and Linguistics
  • Department of Sociology
  • Institute for Social and Economic Research
  • UK Data Archive
  • Essex Business School


The wide range of qualifications that they consider include A levels, BTEC qualifications and the International Baccalaureate.

Their general entrance requirements are a minimum of two full A levels and 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, or equivalent.

When they make an offer, it will normally be expressed in the form of three A level grades, ABB–BBB or equivalent, although some courses have subject specific requirements.

All their schools, departments and centres accept either A level General Studies or A level Critical Thinking as one of your three A levels.

Essex welcomes applications that include non-standard qualifications.


Essex is home to one of just 21 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. This allows them to offer fully-funded ESRC studentships, across numerous doctoral pathways, and cements their long-standing reputation as a world-class centre for social science research. They also house Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence, environmental research and the arts and humanities.

Essex has made its largest ever investment in expanding its academic staff, across all three faculties, in response to unprecedented enrolments. 60 additional academic staff have been recruited to further enhance Essex’s reputation for delivering an outstanding educational experience.

Essex has been awarded Q-Step Affiliate status for the Department of Government, the Department of Sociology and Essex Business School. The prestigious award recognises the way it develops the key skills of its social science students.

Essex courses in biomedical science are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science, resulting in accelerated career progression within the NHS for graduates.

Their School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering was ranked amongst top organisations in the world in artificial intelligence, based on citation counts in the last five years, placing us 33rd above Cornell University, California Institute of Technology, and the University of Cambridge (Microsoft Academic Research, December 2011).

They’re the only UK university to have a theatre on each of their campuses. Drama and theatre students at Essex are able to work with an extensive range of notable freelance practitioners.

Their world-leading Human Rights Centre helped the university to win the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2010, recognising their work in advancing human rights across the globe.

The School of Law offers qualifying law degrees that enable their graduates to progress to the professional stage of training to become a barrister or solicitor.


They perform consistently well in the National Student Survey, they’re second for student satisfaction (NSS 2015, mainstream universities).

They were ranked first for American Studies and Film Studies.

They were in the top 10 for Economics, History, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Nursing, and Psychology.

Their Languages for All programme gives the students the chance to learn a modern foreign language alongside their studies at no extra cost.

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) commended Essex for its focus on improving all areas of the student learning experience. The QAA review in 2015 particularly highlighted peer mentoring, the personal tutor system and the development of study skills plus the opportunities to improve employment skills and the university’s comprehensive study abroad programme.


They have Specialist Careers Advice which can help whether the student want some quick information and advice, need some help getting a career plan in place or have a CV and application the student would like reviewing.

Essex Interns. Paid extracurricular internships – part-time while you study, full-time during vacations and available for up to three years after graduation. Develop skills, gain experience and get paid.

Essex Startups. For who is brave enough to be own boss and set up a business. Whether the student already have its own company or just a great idea their on-campus business coach offers a support package just for them.

Essex Abroad. For who want to work, live or study abroad.

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