• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.19 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.05 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.82 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    73.3 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    72.0 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    88.0 / 100.0
  • The University of Essex is a place for the ambitious and the bold; proud to have provided excellence in research and excellence in education for over 50 years.
  • The university has a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook and over 12,000 students from more than 130 different countries.

Entry Requirements

  • The wide range of qualifications considered by the university includes A levels, BTEC qualifications and the International Baccalaureate. Essex also welcomes applications that include non-standard qualifications.
  • In general, entrance requirements are a minimum of 2 full A levels and 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, or equivalent. Offers are normally expressed in the form of 3 A level grades, ABB–BBB or equivalent, although some courses have subject specific requirements.
  • All schools, departments and centres accept either A level General Studies or A level Critical Thinking as one of the 3 A levels.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • Students can expect to attend a mixture of lectures, classes, seminars, laboratory practicals and field trips, depending on the subject area.
  • Teaching focuses on both subject knowledge and the important skills sought by employers. The university aims to give students the courage and power to challenge, question and explore.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The university offers a broad first year with opportunities for students to try new subjects they may not have encountered before. In subsequent years, students have the chance to tailor their course to suit their developing interests. Students can also change direction at the end of their first year and switch degree scheme.
  • Essex promotes interdisciplinary study with many undergraduate courses allowing students to study a combination of 2 or 3 subjects, even if not related.
  • Almost all courses offer the chance to spend a term or a year studying, working or volunteering abroad.

Student Services and Facilities

  • Computer facilities are in the library and in open access labs, generally open 24 hours a day. Online resources includes myEssex virtual learning environment with information on living and learning at Essex and a Course Material Repository (CMR) hosting all course-related materials for students. A Listen Again service makes MP3 recordings of lectures.
  • The Albert Sloman Library at the Colchester campus has 6 floors of e-resources, research resources (included thesis binding), specialist materials, and more than 1.7 million books, pamphlets, e-publications, and microfilms. It opens late, 7 days a week in term-time, with a 24-hour reading room; there are short loan and student collections for books in high demand – 34,000 extra copies in all. In Southend, the Forum is an integrated municipal and academic public library, with over 140,000 books and, accessible online, 52,000 e-books and 33,000 e-journals.
  • Students can book 1-to-1 sessions with study skills advisers to help them with a wide range of academic skills such as managing reading lists, increasing academic style and improving note-taking to planning essays, referencing and bibliographies and help with seminar presentations.
  • The Languages for All programme gives students the chance to learn a modern foreign language at no extra cost alongside your studies.
  • The University of Essex is the only UK University to have its own theatre at each of the 3 campuses, and an art gallery with an internationally important collection of art from Latin America, ESCALA.

Disability Services

  • The university encourages and supports disabled students, including those with specific learning difficulties.
  • Provision includes: a named adviser, advice on Disabled Students’ Allowance, help with booking a needs assessment, study strategies, mentoring or tutoring, practical learning support, individual exam arrangements, and support with allocation of accessible accommodation.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact the Disability and Access Team to discuss individual needs and access requirements.
  • In addition students experiencing emotional or mental health difficulties can access assistance from the Wellbeing Team within the Student Support service.

Students' Union

  • Students run the Students’ Union; it is the biggest employer on campus, and has volunteering opportunities on and off campus. Course reps help with issues on courses, while SU Advice provides advice and SU Lets can help with finding accommodation.
  • There are over 150 sports clubs and societies and also the SU Creative Studios – a brand new creative hub and home of Rebel student media. It’s kitted out with the latest media equipment that can create anything from a podcast to an album cover or a music video; there are 2 radio studios, a news room and a TV studio.
  • The Colchester Campus includes bars, shops and the award-winning Nightclub, Sub Zero. Events range from quiz nights to water fights by the lakes.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university actively encourages students to develop their skills and experience through part-time work alongside their academic studies.
  • JobsOnline is the university's vacancy service for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities, both on and off-campus.
  • An award-winning student placement scheme, Frontrunners, has paid opportunities on campus within academic departments, centres, or administrative sections, with flexible hours – a great way for students to gain real work-based experience of graduate projects.
  • Other on-campus work includes the university's Student Ambassador scheme, and the Students’ Union has a range of part-time job opportunities in roles across the campuses.

Careers Guidance

  • The award-winning Employability and Careers Centre can be accessed for life by students and graduates. Services include specialist careers advice, reviewing CVs or applications and guidance on career plans. Careers teams also work within academic departments and can help with sector-specific questions.
  • Essex Interns helps students find paid internships off campus with external employers. These can part-time during term-time, full-time during vacations and available for up to 3 years after graduation, and lengths vary from 6 weeks to 12 months.
  • Essex Startups gives support to students wanting to start their own business.
  • Big Essex Award showcases the extra-curricular achievements of students, which the university records on the degree transcript as a record for employers. Lots of activities on and off campus count towards the award, allowing students to develop their employability skills.
  • Online resources include The Essex CV pack, which takes students through the CV-writing process from beginning to end, helping them get the best start in the graduate job market.

Student Mix

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 78%
  • Postgraduate 22%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 68%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 20%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%


  • The University of Essex was founded in 1964 with the intent of becoming, in the words of its first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Albert Sloman: 'A new kind of university… where students could live and learn… and research really mattered'
  • The university was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize: Human Rights (2010) and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development (2008).

Notable Alumni

  • The Rt Hon John Bercow MP – Speaker of the House of Commons.
  • Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides – Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and winner of 2010 Nobel Economic Prize.
  • Dr Oscar Arias Sanchez – Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Costa Rica.
  • Dr Daniel Libeskind – world-renowned architect and master-planner for the new World Trade Centre site in New York.
  • David Yates – BAFTA–award-winning film and television director, and director of the Harry Potter films.
  • Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury – first female speaker of Bangladesh’s Parliament.
  • Blake Harrison – Neil from The Inbetweeners and graduate of East 15.
  • Alison Steadman – actress with screen credits including Pam in Gavin and Stacey, Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine and BBC's Pride and Prejudice.

Further Details

Address University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
UCAS Code E70