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The Year 12 Essay Competition is now closed.

Northeastern University London is inviting competition essay entries from students who are currently in their penultimate year of secondary education (equivalent to Year 12 in the English education system).

Our selection of essay titles engages across a broad range of humanities and social sciences topics and we look forward to receiving entries from talented and intellectually curious students who show passion and academic potential in the humanities and social sciences. We welcome entries from students located anywhere in the world.

If you have any further questions please see our FAQ page before contacting us.

Choose your essay question

Business: What are the ethical implications of technological advancement in business? Answer the question with reference to a specific technological improvement of your choice in a company of your choice.

Digital & Technology Solutions: Discuss how data analytics can be used to influence people.

Economics: What are the most likely implications of the economic sanctions imposed on Russia?

English: Should the subject English Literature be replaced by Global Literatures?

History: What can historians learn from the study of past empires and imperialism?

Law: Must we always obey the law?

Philosophy: Can it ever be morally acceptable to sacrifice an innocent person for some greater good? Illustrate your answer with examples.

Politics: What would have to change about ‘democracy’ in order to restore faith in democracy among young people?

Psychology: How could psychology explain atrocious acts towards humans, such as during war times?


The following prizes will be awarded:

Overall winner across all essay subjects- £1000

Winner in a subject category- £500

Runner up in a subject category- £250

How to enter

1. Register for the competition – After registering you will be emailed detailed instructions.

2. Choose one of the essay titles

3. Write your 1,500-word essay

4. Submit your essay via our online form (URL will be emailed to you after you register) by 1pm GMT Monday January 16th 2023.


If you have any further questions please see our FAQ page before contacting us.

Who can enter?

The Northeastern University London Essay Competition is open to students who are currently in their penultimate (second to last) year of secondary education (Year 12 in England) and who are interested in studying humanities or social sciences at university. This is a global competition, so we encourage entries from those studying anywhere in the world. Find full competition rules here.

Register here

We apologise the competition is now closed.