All course materials and assessment are completed through our cutting-edge virtual learning environment (VLE), available 24/7 on any device.

Through this learning platform, you can immerse yourself in the full higher education learning experience from anywhere in the world just like you were attending a physical university.

Through this platform, you will be able to access the University of Essex Virtual Library, join online discussion forums, attend virtual lectures and seminars and submit all course assignments.

This is also where you will view and complete your various modules and to help give you an idea of what this is like, we offer free online undergraduate and postgraduate taster courses. These cover our various subject areas, allowing you to experience what being an online student would be like.

Simply click on the link of the module you are interested in to access a sample of the content you will be completing when you start your degree.

Jump to the subject specific taster course you’re interested in:

Undergraduate business tasters

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Course nameQualificationsDescriptionTaster
Business & ManagementBA, CertHE, Top-upEvaluate various types of financial decision making and how these are used by companies to make strategic decisions.
The purpose of financial decision making
Business & MarketingBA, CertHELearn about consumer behaviour, segmentation and the different steps involved in the decision-making process.Introduction to consumer behaviour

Postgraduate business tasters

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Course nameQualifications DescriptionTaster
Business AdministrationMBAInvestigate the role of operations management in driving high levels of efficiency through business planning and coordination.Operations management
Business ManagementMSc, PG Dip, PG CertInvestigate the role of operations management in driving high levels of efficiency through business planning and coordination.Operations management
Business AnalyticsMSc, PG Dip, PG CertExplore how to collect, measure, and analyse your company data and extract accurate insights for decision making processes. Data collection sources and methods
Business with FinanceMSc, PG DipInvestigate the role of operations management in driving high levels of efficiency through business planning and coordination.Operations management
Global Digital MarketingMSc, PG Dip, PG CertDiscover the different indicators that can be used to measure and assess customer engagement and the limitations that these have. Decision making & consumer engagement
Human Resource ManagementMSc, PG Dip, PG CertInvestigate the role of operations management in driving high levels of efficiency through business planning and coordination.Operations management

Undergraduate health tasters

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CourseQualifications DescriptionTaster
Healthcare Management BSc, CertHETake a closer look at the various components and elements involved within the strategic healthcare planning process. Strategic planning

Postgraduate health tasters

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CourseQualifications DescriptionTaster
Infection ControlMSc, PG Dip, PG CertLearn about some of the most important interventions used to reduce the spread and severity of contagious disease. Disease and public health
Public HealthMPH, PG Dip, PG CertDiscover what the role of aging along with risk factors like obesity are having on trends in mortality. Global public health priorities
International Healthcare ManagementMSc, PG Dip, PG CertExplore the skills and competencies required of a healthcare manager in order to navigate the politics that exist within this sector. Everyday politics in healthcare

Undergraduate law tasters

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CourseQualifications DescriptionTaster
LawLLB, CertHEUnderstand the changing nature of criminal law and its use in distinguishing between different types of criminal offence. Introduction to criminal law
Law with BusinessLLB, CertHEUnderstand the changing nature of criminal law and its use in distinguishing between different types of criminal offence. Introduction to criminal law
Law with CriminologyLLB, CertHEUnderstand the changing nature of criminal law and its use in distinguishing between different types of criminal offence. Introduction to criminal law
Law with PsychologyLLB, CertHEUnderstand the changing nature of criminal law and its use in distinguishing between different types of criminal offence. Introduction to criminal law

Postgraduate law tasters

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CourseQualifications DescriptionTaster
International Business LawLLM, PG Dip, PG CertExamine how the WTO was formed and the role it plays in governing Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs).Introduction to the World Trade Organisation

Undergraduate psychology tasters

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CourseQualificationsDescriptionTaster
PsychologyBSc, CertHELearn about the substantial influence emotion has on the cognitive process, impacting on aspects such as perception, attention learning and problem solving. Emotional cognition
Business PsychologyBSc, CertHELearn about some of the most important interventions used to reduce the spread and severity of contagious disease. Emotional cognition
Criminal PsychologyBSc, CertHELearn about some of the most important interventions used to reduce the spread and severity of contagious disease. Emotional cognition

Postgraduate computing tasters

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Course Qualifications DescriptionLink
Cyber Security MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert Learn how to identify network vulnerabilities and introduce software to mitigate against threats and cyber attacks. Approaches to security design

Postgraduate criminology tasters

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Course Qualifications DescriptionLink
Criminology & Criminal PsychologyMSc, PG Dip, PG Cert

Learn about the complexities of defining behaviour as deviant and the psychological and sociological theories that are applicable within this area.Defining crime and deviance

Postgraduate education tasters

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Course QualificationsDescriptionLink
EducationMasters, PG Dip, PG CertLearn about Meta theory and other influential and popular theories that exist within the field of education. Meta theories

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