University of Essex

United Kingdom


The University of Essex is one of the original ‘plate glass’ universities established in 1965 by royal charter. It has three campuses - the main one in Wivenhoe Park near Colchester along with Southend-on-Sea and Loughton. There are around 17,800 students with a third of them coming from more than 140 countries around the world.

The University of Essex was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2018. It has also been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize several times. It is ranked in the top 500 global universities by the QS World University Rankings 2023. It’s also in the top 50 UK universities in the Complete University Guide and the guide from The Times/Sunday Times.

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As well as having a third of its students coming from abroad, the University of Essex has been ranked in the top 25 for international outlook by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

The university’s main campus is located within 200 acres of beautiful parkland with a lake to relax by. The wider county of Essex meanwhile has more than 500km of coastlines and charming English countryside as well as being less than an hour away from London by train.

To help students get ahead in a data-led world, the university offers a new Data Science For All course, completely free. The ten-day course is open to all undergraduates not on a computer science course but wanting to improve their knowledge and be more employable.


88% of University of Essex graduates are in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes 2022. It is also the number 1 University in the UK for Knowledge Transfers Partnerships (KTPs), the flagship Innovate UK programme with 40 KTPS across eight academic departments. This gives students access to a range of business links. Skills for Success team and Careers Services Team work with students to identify and improve their talents and strengths and help them maximise their potential CV. This includes career events, workshops and advice sessions to help with everything from CV writing to interview skills. Graduates have access to the Generation Essex careers support package for up to 15 months after graduation.


The University of Essex acceptance rate is 74%.



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