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Welcome to the University of Essex

The University of Essex has great international diversity, and is known for challenging current thinking. Here, you can enjoy high-quality teaching on a beautiful campus less than 1 hour from London.

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Your routes to a University of Essex degree include an on-campus preparation course at the University of Essex International College.

Top reasons to study here

University of the Year

Times Higher Education Awards 2018

Top 15 in England for student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2019

Top 5 in the UK and Top 25 in the world for international outlook

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Gold award for teaching: the highest level possible

Teaching Excellence Framework

Pretty campus, close to Colchester

An attractive town under 1 hour from London, with a much lower cost of living

Guaranteed entry

when you pass your College course at the required level with good attendance

Subject rankings

Subject areaUK rankingSource
American studies8thGuardian University Guide 2020
Criminology13thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
Drama, Dance and Cinematics1stGuardian University Guide 2020
Economics 12thGuardian University Guide 2020
Electrical and Electronic Engineering23rdTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
History of Art, Architecture and Design18thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
Linguistics12thComplete University Guide 2020
Politics 5thTimes and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

Why choose the University of Essex?

Laoy from Jordan

Loay from Jordan

BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex

I've found that Essex is a great place to immerse myself in UK culture. I'm involved with different societies, like the Theatre Arts Society, and I've joined the football club. It's exciting to try new things!

Notable alumni

  • Alex Neve (Canada)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in 1991.

    Lifetime achievements

    A lawyer, human rights activist and Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada. During his time at Amnesty International, Neve has contributed many reports, studies and legal submissions to parliamentary committees and United Nations human rights bodies, including the Maher Arar Commission.

  • Ben Okri (Nigeria)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned a BA in Comparative Literature in 1981.

    Lifetime achievements

    The youngest ever Booker Prize winner in 1991 for his novel The Famished Road. He was made an honorary Vice-President of PEN International and a member of the board of the Royal National Theatre in London.

  • Carlos Huneeus (Chile)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned an MA in Political Behaviour.

    Lifetime achievements

    Associate Professor at the Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad de Chile. He is the author of several books including El Régimen de Pinochet (The Pinochet Regime), and Chile Un Pais Dividido: La actualidad del pasado.

  • Dr Ali. A Houshmand (USA)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned a BA in 1981 and an MSc in Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics in 1983.

    Lifetime achievements

    The president of Rowan University in New Jersey, USA since 2012. Under Houshmand’s leadership, the University has become a Carnegie-classified national research institution with 2 medical schools. Between 2012 and 2018, Rowan University’s enrolment grew from 11,000 students to 19,000 students, making it the 7th fastest growing research university in the USA.

  • Fatimakhon Ahmedova (Tajikistan)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned an MA in 2004.

    Lifetime achievements

    Nobel Peace Prize-winning democracy and human rights activist and Fellow to the National Endowment for Democracy, USA. Ahmedova is also a professor and works for the Center for Democratic Transformation in Tajikistan. She researches issues such as human rights violations, prisoners, ethnic conflict and corruption.

  • Rodolfo Neri Vela (Mexico)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned an MSc in Science, specialising in Telecommunications Systems, in 1976.

    Lifetime achievements

    Mexican scientist and astronaut who flew aboard a NASA Space Shuttle mission in 1985. He is the first Mexican, and the second Latin American to have travelled to space.

  • Sir Christopher Pissarides (Cyprus)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned a BA in 1970, and an MA in 1971, in Economics.

    Lifetime achievements

    Awarded a joint Nobel Prize for Economics in 2010 with Peter A. Diamond and Dale Mortensen, for their contributions to the theory of search frictions and macroeconomics. In the words of the Nobel committee, they “help us understand the ways in which unemployment, job vacancies and wages are affected by regulation and economic policy”.

  • Terence Chibula (Zambia)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Human Rights Law in 2001.

    Lifetime achievements

    Director of Terence Ray Solicitors, a legal practice based in London since 2011, specialising in immigration, family and employment law.

  • Yiu-Chung Leung (Hong Kong SAR)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned a BSc in Mathematics in 1978.

    Lifetime achievements

    A long-time member of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

  • Yusli Mohamed Yusoff (Malaysia)

    Graduated from the University of Essex

    Earned a BA Economics in 1981.

    Lifetime achievements

    CEO of the Malaysian Stock Exchange (Bursa Malaysia) from 2004 to 2011. Yusoff was then an Independent Non-Executive Director of YTL Power International Bhd until 2018.

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