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About University of Essex Online

Country the United Kingdom
Number of courses 70

Online Bachelors, Masters and CPD 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 achieved excellence for teaching, learning and academic support in the 2023 National Student Survey (NSS).

Why choose us?

We offer a wide range of online and part-time programmes, perfect for people that need to fit study around their busy lifestyles. Open to both UK and international students, our tutor-led courses allow you to work towards your degree in a unique virtual learning platform 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 Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)  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.

Gaining an qualification with the University of Essex Online also puts you in good stead for your career prospects. Results from their 2021 student survey showed:

  • 92% of students said their course helped develop their research skills
  • 89% of students say their studies fit with their future plans
  • 25% of students saw their salaries increase by up to 10%

A wide range of courses

The varied suite of courses available includes business, computing, law, criminology, psychology, health and education. 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.

Loan eligibility

Students living in England may be eligible for a government-backed student loan to cover the full cost of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. We also offer a monthly payment plan which has been designed to allow you to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your course, or you can pay the full tuition fee upfront to receive a 5% full payment discount. And we want to ensure you're 100% happy with your decision to study with us, so we offer a 21-day money back guarantee.

Flexible online courses that fit around you

Our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is available 24/7 so students with family or work commitments can study at their own pace from anywhere (at work, at home or on the move). There is no need to travel to attend face-to-face lectures or assessment centres – all learning and assessments are completed wholly online!

We have regular start dates throughout the year, so you don’t have to wait until January or September to begin studying. We also have flexible entry requirements which take into account academic and work-based experience.

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.

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Student reviews of University of Essex Online

Find out what students say about University of Essex Online


Andy Robertson, BA (Hons) Business and Management

“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

"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)

"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."

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Courses at University of Essex Online

There are 70 courses listed from University of Essex Online. These are displayed below in alphabetical order:

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Essex Online

A university education is one of the biggest investments in yourself and career. Our tuition fees include all teaching materials and required reading – there aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits.

We also offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships and payment options for our online courses*.

  • Full payment discount: Pay the full tuition fee upfront and you will get a 5% discount.
  • Alumni discount: Graduates from the University of Essex or University of Essex Online are eligible for a 10% discount.
  • International scholarship: If you're living outside the UK and Europe you might be eligible for a scholarship.
  • Student loan: Students based in England might be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England for our Bachelors and Masters degrees.
  • Monthly payment plan: Available for those who are self-funding.
  • 10% anniversary scholarship on all our Masters programmes, when you enrol from 1 July.

* Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. For more information on our discounts and scholarships and to discuss your eligibility please contact our Admissions team.

Methods of assessment at University of Essex Online

All assessments are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres. Instead, you will submit written assignments through the VLE; and for the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system which allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade which allows you to continually evaluate the success of your current study methods and identify areas to improve. We believe that this information helps you to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for the end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

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