University of Essex

The University of Essex boasts two immense campuses: stunning 200 acres  Colchester, a city in itself 55 minutes east of London; and its sister, Southend, only 36 miles from central London. Think half an hour, the time from Damasara to Central Market.  If you want to leave these beautiful holiday destinations, you will be passing Londoners coming the other way. Essex is proudly ranked in the top ten universities in the UK by the most recent government surveys. Look to the wide range of course offerings, combinations and flexibility: from traditional law and finance to newer offerings like telecommunications engineering and film. You will feel at home with its huge international centre and be able to connect with your global friends from Essex for a lifetime.

Why Choose the University of Essex
Course List & Programs
Student Profiles
Jobs and More
Finances & Fees
Entrance Requirements

Why Choose the University of Essex

  • Officially ranked (in the most recent Government Teaching Assessment Survey and the Research Assessment Survey) as one of the Top 10 UK universities for both teaching and research: 8th for teaching, 9th for research
  • What this means to students is that teaching is not sacrificed for research theses
  • Essex attracts fully 30% of its students internationally ensuring you a global network of alumni
  • Unbeatable location: less than an hour from London for urban days and nights, yet accommodation starts at only £63 a week
  • An hour’s drive from Stansted Airport for cheap flights in England, to Europe and beyond
  • An international campus centre catering to students from 130 countries
  • Accommodation voted ‘Best University Halls 2009′ in the UK’s National Student Housing Survey
  • A mini city that offers a full social calendar and facilities
  • Located also in a traditional seaside resort area with England’s lowest rainfall
  • Its self-contained campus assures a safe environment
  • Approximately 10,000 students, so the campuses form a medium-sized community
  • The Career Centre is a full-service centre with 3 avenues for students, as well as resume help and career counselling:
    • jobsonline for extensive part time listings on and off campus with the tourist sector
    • “Frontrunners” for a work based scheme
    • Assists with graduates who may wish to stay on in the UK under special visa regulations to enhance their employability
  • The 1994 Group of Universities to which Essex belongs, found that graduates from research intensive universities, such as Essex are more likely to be better paid

Course List & Programmes

Two special features of Essex courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you will be able to take core subjects as well as various electives to give you options in year 2. The LLB and BEng, due to professional accreditation requirements, are exceptions but you should be able to find choices in year 2. There are accelerated routes for some courses. You should contact us for these, because our website is intended as an overview, not to replace personal counselling.

Single Honours, Combinable and Joint Subject Areas

  • Accounting, Finance and Banking Economics, Modern Languages, Management,
  • American Studies Criminology, Film,
  • Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology and Ecology Mathematics
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship Accounting, Computing, Latin American Studies
  • Computer Science Electronics
  • Criminology American Studies, History, Psychology,
  • Drama Languages (French, German, Italian,
    Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Economics Accounting, History, Modern Languages,
    Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics
  • Electronic Engineering Computing
  • English Language and Linguistics Modern Languages
  • European Studies Modern Language, Politics
  • Film Studies American Studies, History, History of Art,
  • Literature, Philosophy
  • Health and Human Sciences Sociology
  • History Criminology, Economics, Film, Modern
    Languages, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology
  • History of Art Film, Modern Languages, Literature
  • Humanities
  • Human Rights Latin American Studies, Law
  • Latin American Studies Human Rights, Management
  • Law Human Rights, Philosophy, Politics
  • Literature Drama, Language, Film, History, History
    of Art, Modern Languages, Linguistics,
  • Marketing Management, Finance, Human Resources
  • Management, Innovation
  • Mathematics Accounting, Biology, Computing, Economics
  • Modern Languages Accounting, Drama, Economics, English
    Language, European Studies, History,
  • History of Art, Linguistics, Literature,
    Philosophy, Politics
  • Philosophy Economics, Film, History, Human Rights,
  • Modern Languages, Law, Linguistics, Politics,
  • Politics Economics, European Studies, History, Modern
    Languages, Law, Philosophy, Sociology
  • Psychology Criminology, Sociology
  • Sociology Criminology, Human Rights, History, Literature,
    Philosophy, Psychology
  • Sports and Exercise Science
  • Theatre
  • Linguistics with English Language, Modern
    Languages, Literature

Student Profiles

Norzakiah Ahmad Jailani, BA Accounting and Finance, from Kuala Lumpur, says that Essex’ attraction was that the university has everything on campus and all in a park-like setting. Throughout her degree she has enjoyed the privilege of living on campus with en-suite accommodation. She has developed an extensive network of friends from lectures and the many student societies, such as the Malaysian Society, the Accounting & Finance Society, the Islamic Society and the International Japan Society.

Hsieh Ming-Chen, BA Art History from Taipei, entered into the Pre-Degree Bridging or Foundation Year. She says she chose Essex because it is highly ranked in the UK, and because of its parkland campus. She loves her accommodation in the new South Courts with en-suite rooms, her own bathroom, and a kitchen more like a common room, the centre of activity. She found people really friendly and has flatmates from Finland, China and the UK and has joined the Karate Club.



What are Essex graduates doing now?

Rookupong Sagarik, BSc Economics, from Bangkok tells you not to worry about about getting used to studying at Essex, because the university is very small and friendly. He says the Department of Economics is one of the best. He has made the most of his time at Essex by getting involved in extracurricular activities such as helping to set up and run the Thai Society.

Sam Rozati, LLB Law ’07, UK, now works with an international law firm, K & L Gates, London. He chose Essex because of its proximity to London, yet outside it. He had heard of the large emphasis on the excellent communication between academic staff and students, a key element to success, and choice of optional modules extensive. With the containment of the campus, he felt part of the university day 1, organised the Law Ball and headed the Law Society, and appreciated the cultural diversity.


Lindy Lim Culwan BA Accounting and Finance 09, from Singapore, upon graduation worked as an audit associate with a public accountant firm and then qualified to become an affiliated member of the Association of Chartered Accounts (ACCA). She chose Essex because of the recommendation by an alumna she knew and because of its number 2 spot in the REA in accounting. She describes her time at Essex as memorable and fulfilling, and enjoyed being a Student Ambassador.




Halls of Residence range for £63.21 – £109.83 per week, from standard to en-suite, include heat, hot water, common cleaning, free broadband, and telephone for intra- campus calls, for a full 39 week academic year of study. Guaranteed space for Internationals. When you contact us we can give you more detail but remember Essex won the 2009 Halls survey.







Jobs and More

As are our all the universities we have chosen, the University of Essex is committed to its students not only in research, but for practical career path guidance for its students.

Essex counsels that you may find yourself in a career that is a departure from your course concentration. That is because employers may look for course specific skills, but are interested also in graduates because of their “results, analytic skills, research ability, writing skills, critical thinking ability, independent judgment, time management and presentation skills” all gleaned from a rigorous university experience. The University of Essex has three centres or programmes where it helps:

Frontrunners: For skills development Essex offers paid work within the University supported by training sessions.

JobsOnline: Essex’ on line jobs service offers a wide range of jobs on and off campus for students who want to add to their resumes and simply make extra money. It also posts for internships, gap years and voluntary. Essex is near a seaside tourist haven, so jobs to see you through university are more likely to be found.

Careers Centre: Is there to help you from year 1 Undergraduate to PhD, and for three years after you graduate. Starting with planning ahead, personal development, career management skills programme, to contacts with major employers, the Centre is there to support you throughout your stay and beyond.

Finances & Fees

£10,750 for classroom-based courses, including Computer Science and Electronic Engineering laboratory- based courses for 2012.

£11,750 for the business school and £12,750 for biology and psychology and other laboratory-based courses for 2012.

Entrance Requirements

In general the University of Essex requires similar grades in STPM as in A levels, which are around 300 UCAS points; and for the LLB, 340 UCAS points or AAB. For the IB a realistic  range of 24 – 36 points is required, 36 for the LLB.  Each course has its own standard offer requirement, so please contact us for particulars. For instance Biochem is a 24, Philosophy and Marketing a32, most are a 34.

Other Entry Routes

A pre- degree bridging year is also an option for those who may not have quite achieved the grades necessary for direct entry to undergraduate. This is a one year course which provides a pathway into Year 1 of all Essex undergraduate degrees and to graduation in 4 years. We also offer the Certificate of Higher Education in Business, which is an intensive one year pre-degree course which takes students directly into Year 2 of a degree in Essex Business School, and therefore graduation in just 3 years.

Unless your curriculum has been in English you should have the following IELTS scores depending on your level of study:

Pre-degree Bridging Year: 5.0 overall
Certificate of Higher Education: 5.5 overall
Bachelors degree: 6.0 overall with no individual score lower than 5.5
Postgraduate degree: 6.0 overall to 7.0 overall depending on subject, with no individual score lower than 5.5

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