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Why apply through Clearing to study your degree at the University of Essex? This one is easy. Find out why you should become a student here.

Why Essex?

For a taste of Essex life, watch The moments that make us. An Essex student story.

We love to ask difficult questions, but this one is easy.

We are Gold

We have just been awarded the highest rating of Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF Panel judged that the University of Essex delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Student satisfaction

Essex is top 15 in England for student satisfaction (NSS 2017. Overall student satisfaction, mainstream universities). Six subjects at Essex were ranked within the top 25% nationally and eight of our schools, departments and centres achieved overall satisfaction of 90% or more.

Broaden your horizons

You'll live and learn with staff and students from over 130 different countries, in a university known internationally for its world-class research and over 50 years of educational excellence.

Change your life, boost your CV and quench your thirst for adventure by studying abroad or taking a placement year at no extra cost.

Plus, with our award-winning Employability and Careers Centre’s lifetime support, you’ll be equipped with the skills and techniques to really make a difference to world around you.

Be inspired

Our globally-renowned academics won’t just teach you how - they’ll inspire you to ask why, to speak your mind and to challenge convention. You will learn from the best, in a pioneering, motivating environment, with exciting opportunities to contribute to important work and research.

Astronauts, presidents, Nobel Prize winners and award-winning film directors make up just some of our notable graduates. You’ll graduate from Essex with a deep subject knowledge, some serious life skills, and confidence to not simply follow in their footsteps, but to make your own.

Pushing further

But it doesn’t stop here. We aren’t the kind to rest on our laurels – there’s always so much more to do, and we’ll continue to push ourselves even further, making sure our student experience is better than ever before.

Get ready for even more awesome.

Choose a course

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Choose your perfect course. We offer a wide range of subjects and flexible modular structures so you can follow your interests.


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Find out what scholarships and bursaries you could be eligible for. Students from all backgrounds can benefit from an Essex Education.

Life at Essex

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Find out what life at Essex is really like. See more of our campuses and facilities, and hear from our students and academics.

Clearing Open Days

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Find out why Essex is your new home at a Clearing Open Days.
Colchester: 19 August.
Southend: 18 and 21 August.