University of Essex

Undergraduate study

What our students say

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Being an Essex student is about challenging convention, questioning assumptions and making your own mind up. Don’t just take our word for it; hear from our undergraduate students about why they love studying at Essex Business School and why you will too.

A research-led education for the real world

Our courses are intellectually stretching and challenge you to become researchers, independent thinkers and problem solvers. You’re taught by some of the planet’s most respected academics and practitioners, whose research is changing how the world does business. Their work ranks us in the UK’s top 25 for research excellence (REF, 2014) and shapes our curriculum so our course content is always up-to-date.

You study the issues facing today’s global economies and explore how management continues to evolve and impact society. You can learn the essentials of business and build your employability skills through a combination of academic rigour, cutting-edge research, practical case studies and work placements. At Essex Business School, you’ll possess the knowledge and skills to tackle business challenges and excel in your graduate career.

Undergraduate courses at Essex Business School

We offer courses accounting and finance, banking and finance, marketing, business management and entrepreneurship.

Why choose us?

Looking for a fantastic student experience and excellent career prospects? We're right here.

  • Top ten for student satisfaction

    The University of Essex is top ten for student satisfaction for the fourth year in a row (English mainstream universities, NSS 2016).

  • Flexible course structure

    Whatever you study, our common first year ensures you gain a fully-rounded business education by exploring the fundamentals of accounting, finance, management, marketing and economics.

    All of our courses are modular, so you build a programme of study that matches your interests and career aspirations.

  • Employability opportunities

    Our dedicated employability team offers initiatives to boost your CV, find part-time work and graduate employment. All of our degrees (except language courses) offer the opportunity to do a work placement year.

  • Our campuses

    You choose between a campus university or studying in the heart of a town centre. We offer different courses at both our Southend and Colchester Campuses, each with state-of-the-art facilities an hour’s journey from London.

  • Innovative teaching

    Our teaching is both creative and analytical, equipping you with the employability skills valued by employers. You learn how to analyse data and complex information, create coherent arguments, improve your communication skills, manage projects and work in a team. We apply theory to real world scenarios through practical case studies and live research and many of our courses feature group working, business simulation games and practical projects.

  • Professionally recognised courses

    Many of our accounting, banking and finance courses are accredited by leading professional bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

  • Improve your quantitative skills

    Essex is one of just three universities in the country to have received Q-Step Affiliate status for our social science courses.

    As part of this affiliation, undergraduate students in almost all of our banking and finance courses, as well as marketing and management courses at our Southend Campus, have the option of pursuing a quantitative pathway called Applied Quantitative Methods (AQM). AQM is a qualifier that is added to your degree transcript. Being on the AQM pathway gives you the opportunity to be placed in paid summer internships at a select group of companies and governmental entities.

  • Global community

    More than half of our students are from overseas, so you’re joined in class by students from all over the world. In fact, the University of Essex is ranked 2nd in the UK and 18th on the planet for the most international student community, according to the THE World University Rankings (2016-17).

    Our Student Engagement Team (SET) of undergraduate and postgraduate students organises numerous social events and activities where you can meet new people, learn about new cultures and experience new ways of working. If you join us from outside the UK, we offer a range of support to help you to settle into the British education system.

    It’s not just our students who make up our international community. Our expert academic staff come from all over the globe, bringing with them perspectives from both developed and emerging economies. At Essex Business School, you benefit from an international business education that can open doors for you worldwide.

  • Study skills

    Our students aim high and achieve even higher. We support you to reach your full academic potential with study skills workshops, maths and IT development and bespoke support matched to your goals and aspirations.

  • Study abroad

    You have the option to study abroad with our courses and you won’t pay tuition fees whilst you’re learning overseas (2017 entry).

  • Make business better

    We’re the home of responsible management education, creating leaders who act for the good of business and society. By studying with us, you can give your career a head start and make a positive impact on the world.

What do our students think?

In this video, four recent graduates share their experiences of studying with us.

Enhance your career

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We equip you with skills for the modern workplace. Whether you’re seeking graduate employment or starting your own business, we offer bespoke careers advice and a range of employability options to enhance your CV.

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.

Find a scholarship

Find a scholarship

Search our Scholarship Finder to see the funding we have for you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students ensure we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

Ask us a question

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Would you like to find out more about our business courses or School? We know how important your choice of university is so ask us a question and our friendly team is on hand to offer support and information.