University of Essex Online

Online Bachelors, Masters and MBA degree programmes

Improve your career and boost your salary with an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification from University of Essex Online! With regular start dates, quality teaching and affordable fees, it’s no surprise that we have an average student satisfaction rating of 92%.

Why choose us?

We offer a wide range of online and part-time programmes, perfect for people that need to fit study around work or family commitments. Open to both UK and international students, our tutor-led courses allow you to work towards your degree in a unique virtual learning environment and still have access to all the support and facilities you would expect to receive on campus. Students are assessed through assignments and discussion forum posts, with no need to travel to take any exams. Our state-of-the-art online platform also allows students to interact with their classmates to take part in real-time conversations, listen to and view recorded lectures and participate in live question and answer sessions.

A wide range of courses

The varied suite of courses available includes business, marketing, law, criminology and criminal justice as well as public health, infection control and financial trading. All of our courses are created and taught by knowledgeable and qualified tutors, with years of experience in their respective fields. Students at University of Essex Online are also assigned a personal Student Adviser, who will be your first point of contact throughout your studies and will serve as your mentor. Our dedication to student support was shown this year when we received an overall student satisfaction rating of 90% in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS).

Loan eligibility

Most UK or EU students living in England are eligible for a government-backed student loan to cover the full cost of their undergraduate course. And for postgraduate students, our simple monthly payment plan has been designed to allow you to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your course (with a 10% discount available for students that pay their tuition fees up front). We offer a 21-day money back guarantee to make sure you're 100% happy.

Study 100% online

With online study, learning resources are available 24 hours a day. Students with family or work commitments can study at their own pace from anywhere; at work, at home or on the move. There's also no need to travel to attend face-to-face lectures or tutorials. 

Our courses start regularly throughout the year, so you don’t have to wait until January or September to start, and our flexible entry requirements take into account both academic and work-based experience.

Boost your career

And if you’re looking to get ahead in your career, you’re in safe hands with us; with a 2016 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey result of 91.4% (well above the national average of 60%), it’s also true to say that University of Essex Online are much more likely to be in work or doing further study after graduation.

So if you’re looking for a higher education provider that awards qualifications from a highly-regarded UK university while providing one-on-one student support and quality teaching from industry professionals, look no further than University of Essex Online!

Campus graduation

In addition to receiving a qualification from a highly-regarded UK university, our students are also invited to attend University of Essex graduation day. This prestigious day is a wonderful experience and a chance to celebrate with family and friends.

If you are an international student living outside the UK and EU, you may be eligible for a part-scholarship towards the tuition fees for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Scholarship applications are assessed on a merit basis and will take into consideration previous qualifications and level of work experience.

You will be asked to write a statement of around 500 words in support of your scholarship application including details of previous qualifications, work experience, why you want to study a University of Essex Online course and how a scholarship could help you. To be considered for a scholarship, please contact our Admissions Team.

Library resources are available 24/7 because studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Business and marketing assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.

We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
  • the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
  • assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
  • the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

We also have a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of your degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

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Student Reviews

Andy Robertson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

Testimonial from Andy Robertson, BA (Hons) Business and Management, student at University of Essex Online

“Being a naval chap, I thought that I was a broad, adaptable, comfortable manager.

However, as a mature student, the vagaries and pressures of work take priority and zap your energy, making the balance beyond work, between family and study even more precarious.

In maintaining the balance between work, study and home life, I learned that one has to set aside a period known as the “study period” and sacrifice being idle! Giving up free time simply means giving up time without purpose, a really neat trick of useful time management. And when in doubt, I sought the great bunch of tutors and student advisers at University of Essex Online.”

Breshana Francis, CertCE Law

Testimonial from Breshana Francis, CertCE Law, student at University of Essex Online

"I am a Jamaican living in Qatar with my family as expats; we can be called upon to relocate to another country at any time. The University of Essex Online law programme fits perfectly with this lifestyle, as it provides the flexibility that I need to pursue my studies vigorously and to keep up with my ever-changing environment.

I was able to achieve my CertCE Law, which allows me to continue studying towards an LLB qualification. The University of Essex Online law degree programme has developed and shaped my mind to think like a lawyer from the start of my studies.

During this time, I can work, take a holiday and have family time as this is only possible through The University of Essex Online programmes."

Aisha Legge, MBA (Human Resource Management)

Testimonial from Aisha Legge, MBA (Human Resource Management), student at University of Essex Online

"I wish I’d started my MBA years ago. I feel like I’m part of a community. I created a WhatsApp group for students based in the UAE and we physically meet up regularly. If I can’t watch any lectures live because of the time difference I can watch them on demand and our tutors try to be flexible with their office hours.

Even though we’re miles away from the Essex team, they’re always willing and able to help with any issues or questions I have. My student adviser, Marie, replies promptly, is always able to assist me and offers support in my studies.

My hope is that my MBA will help with career advancement and open doors to opportunities with potential employers in the future."