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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.

We offer a range of undergraduate courses in economics, management economics, financial economics and international economics.

Economics at Essex

Financial crises. Unemployment. Immigration. Global competition. Economics is concerned with the material well-being of human societies. At Essex we push the frontiers of accepted wisdom, examining the decisions of individuals, the strategies of firms and the policies of governments to understand and challenge the standard paradigms of economics.

Economics develops your understanding of how the world works. You can make better informed decisions as a consumer, voter, or simply as an individual in society. We won’t tell you what to think but we’ll provide you with the tools to think clearly. So, if you’re ingenious, industrious and independent, you’ll succeed at Essex.

Our department is a richly diverse home to staff and students from all over the world who have a strong sense of belonging and want to think, learn and achieve together. Our staff and students see the world through an economist's lens to influence and improve the world – for themselves and others.

Ingenious, industrious and independent

Our Deputy Head of Department, Professor Marco Francesconi, tells us what makes Essex a special place to study and what qualities a great economics student has.

World-leading research

We are ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017) and ranked 5th in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), with over 90% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide (2017) ranked us as a top 30 UK university for economics and we achieved 92% student satisfaction and are top 25 nationally (NSS 2017).

Learn from the best

Our top-quality research informs our teaching. You learn alongside research stars who are breaking new ground in all fields of economics. Your education is inspired and informed by the pioneering research undertaken here. You examine how economics touches every part of your life through the contemporary and globally relevant issues highlighted by our research.

We'll train you to carry out your own research from finding a research question to gathering and analysing data, reviewing literature, designing the right modelling and testing, and producing a final report to answer your question.

Life after Essex

We're in the top 10 for value added to economics graduate wages (The Economist 2017). So, when you graduate, you'll have the skills and expert training that employers are looking for, helping you to stand out from the crowd.

Our graduates are successful and go on to have careers in a variety of fields, such as banking, marketing and consultancy.

Study abroad

Study Abroad

We make it possible for you to undertake study abroad, either during your Essex course or by attending Essex whilst you are studying elsewhere. You will find study abroad extremely worthwhile and enjoyable, both socially and educationally.

UROP placements

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Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you the chance to help an academic with a research project. You'll learn new skills to enhance your CV and get paid a bursary.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

What happens next?

What happens next?

When your application arrives to us from UCAS, it will be considered by our academic staff. Find out what happens to your application and how you accept and confirm your place. You can also come and find out more about us on an Applicant Day.