university is in the top three UK universities for social science research, as
demonstrated by the results of the
2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
At Essex you will work at the heart of an internationally recognised and
well-connected research community.
Academic staff are recognised internationally for their research, which has a
direct impact and influence on social and economic issues facing the world. They
will support and guide you through the various stages of your research until
We offer a wide range of postgraduate research opportunities, which can be
studied on a full-time, part-time, distance learning basis or as a professional
doctorate. Find out more in the
postgraduate prospectus or go direct to the
department and centre websites.
Funding for postgraduate study is highly competitive so it is important to
fully-research the options available to you as home, EU and International
Training and development
As part of the Doctoral Training Centre, we offer all doctoral students an
excellent training programme that includes advanced subject-specific training
and a transferable skills programme, which will be delivered by:
All social science doctoral students will acquire core skills in research
design, data collection and analysis, the use of research methods, secondary
analysis with data sets and data management.
Enhancing your time at Essex
There are many opportunities to actively engage with the wider research
community at Essex.
You will be encouraged to take part and present at departmental seminars and
you will also be able to share your research through a variety of
knowledge exchange activities.
The departments and centres employ Graduate Teaching Assistants to support
the delivery of a wide range of undergraduate modules. There may also be
opportunities to work as a research assistant to support an academic's research.
These are a great way to build up your skills and also help fund your studies
through paid employment.