«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. His commitment to research and education remains at the heart of our mission. Essex’s architecture was designed to link social and educational space to encourage a sense of community.

The University of Essex is a public research university in Essex, England. It was established in 1963 and the largest campus is located in Colchester, where most programmes and classes take place. There are two more campuses in Southend and in Loughton. In Southend students will be studying programmes from the School of Health and Social Care, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, and from Essex Business School. While in Loughton there is the East 15 Acting school, οne of the most prestigious and internationally respected conservatoires in the country where students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the performing arts.

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 ranked Essex in the top twenty universities in the UK for the quality of its research and in the top five for social science. Essex is in the top 50 for social sciences and law in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 by subject.


Biological Sciences, School of
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
East 15 Acting School
Economics, Department of
Edge Hotel School
Essex Business School
Essex Pathways Department
Government, Department of
Health and Human Sciences, School of
History, Department of
Human Rights Centre
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre
Institute for Social and Economic Research
Language and Linguistics, Department of
Law, School of
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Mathematical Sciences, Department of
Philosophy and Art History, School of:
Art History at Essex
Philosophy at Essex
Psychoanalytic Studies, Centre for
Psychology, Department of
Sociology, Department of
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of (from 1 August 2017)
UK Data Archive
University of Essex Online


From London: Colchester Campus by train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester 50minutes and 20 minutes walking to the campus from the station.

Southend Campus by train from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria 45minutes to 1 hour

Loughton Campus by train from London Liverpool Street to Debden is a 30-minute journey

Nearest airport: Stansted Airport by bus 1 hour and 20 minutes


Choose your university and course

Before you choose

  • Talk to a careers/guidance adviser.
  • Visit to get more information and compare the courses and universities that interest you. When you apply, you can select up to five choices.
  • Do a keyword search on UCAS – if there’s a specific course title or course combination you want to do, type it directly into the UCAS course finder engine.
  • Do your research carefully – check out university websites, as well as UCAS, so you get a real feel for the place.
  • Consider the course content and not just its title – English at one university is not the same as English at another university.
    Check the entry requirements – will you need specific subjects (including GCSEs) or work experience? Are you on track to achieve the grades you need?
  • Attend university open days – see our handy checklist for suggestions on things you could ask about. If you’re considering Anglia Ruskin, we’d love to see you at one of our undergraduate Open Days.
  • Get advice from friends, family and school staff – but don’t forget the ultimate choice is yours.
  • Try to get to a UCAS HE Fair where you can pick up prospectuses from lots of different universities and speak with their representatives.
  • Have you chosen courses with a range of entry requirements? Try to maximise your chances by making your ‘Insurance’ option a course with lower grade requirements than your ‘Firm’ choice.
  • Think about a range of universities with different entry requirements.
  • Above all you should be comfortable with your choices: it’s all about finding the ‘best fit’ for you.
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