Short courses and Continuing Professional Development

Undergraduate routes

Undergraduate Routes

Our Essex Pathways Department offers one-year undergraduate pathways to help you improve your English and equip you with the academic skills and knowledge you need to enter higher education in the UK.

Our high quality short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are designed to develop the key skills you'll need in your professional or academic career. Key areas we cover include health, business and social research, and our courses and services include:

  • routes into degree study
  • unique training programmes
  • modular and part-time courses to suit your needs
  • mentoring and coaching
  • bespoke training
  • regular one-day events

Routes into degree study

We offer a wide range of routes into undergraduate and postgraduate study. We guarantee you a place on a degree course if you successfully complete a course with us. Our innovative courses are popular with both international and UK students because of our supportive and international learning environment.

Continuing Professional Development courses

  • Health and Human Sciences

    We deliver CPD programmes for qualified health and social care professionals. Our staff are both academically and clinically qualified and many are practising clinicians. We provide you with training that is not just clinically relevant but based on current research and our years of experience.

    We offer day workshops, specialist bespoke courses, credit-bearing modules and degree pathways. Training is offered at our Colchester and Southend Campuses or on-site at your premises.


  • Law

    We work with Suffolk and North Essex Law Society to deliver an annual programme of CPD courses which are extremely popular with legal firms across the region. Our events feature high-calibre speakers and take place at our Colchester Campus.


  • Psychoanalytic Studies

    You can take a selection of modules at our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies on a CPD basis and we also offer a number of other courses and sessions.


Summer schools

  • Essex Human Rights Summer School

    The Human Rights Centre will offer its five day summer school in Human Rights Research Methods from 27 June – 1 July 2016.


  • Big Data and Analytics Summer School

    The Big Data and Analytics summer school is for graduates, students, researchers and professionals in the emerging fields of big data, data science and analytics who would like to find out more or be updated on the current trends and developments in this exciting and fast-developing field.


Data analytics workshops and webinars

Our Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers data analytics workshops and webinars that bring together the latest academic thought applied to real business or public sector issues. Using the latest powerful programming languages and software we share new big data skills and knowledge that can enhance your organisation to make stronger, evidence-based business decisions. Training is offered at our Southend Campus or on-site in your organisation.

UK Data Service training

The UK Data Service is a comprehensive resource funded by the ESRC to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on social and economic data. We provide a single point of access to a wide range of data and support users in accessing, depositing and sharing data. The UK Data Service runs both face-to-face and online training events on the data we hold, data use and data management.

Essex short courses in social research

Our short courses in social research give graduate students, practitioners and academics the chance to upgrade their skills in social research methods. Our courses are taught by experts in their fields and reflect the teaching and research excellence of the social sciences at our University.

Part-time study

Many of our courses can be taken on a part-time basis so you can study while working. Search our courses to find out if there is a part-time option for the course you are interested in.

Doctoral training

Our Proficio programme provides doctoral training for postgraduate research students, researchers and other professionals from organisations both in the UK and around the world.

Business consultancy

Our wealth of expertise is driving business forward. Backed by our world-leading research we're providing professional consultancy and hands-on operational support to businesses, from start-ups to multinationals.

Breakfast meetings and one-day courses are regularly hosted by our Business Hub in Southend - giving your business access to specialist training, including expert on-site short courses covering every aspect of the business world from generating website traffic to business finance.

Find a course

Find a course

Search our courses and find the right course for you. At Essex you can show your academic potential in a research-intensive environment, and develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.

Undergraduate study

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Think you know Essex? Think again. As an Essex undergraduate you don't just learn how, we encourage you to ask difficult questions, challenge why and make your voice heard. We are Essex. Are you?

Postgraduate study

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As a postgraduate at Essex, you'll be at the heart of our internationally acclaimed research community. We have a range of inspiring courses which develop your skills, experience and employability.

Life at Essex

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