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Postgraduate research

Student working in libraryOur 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 completion.

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 opportunities

Funding for postgraduate study is highly competitive so it is important to fully-research the options available to you as home, EU and International students.

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.

News and events

News and events

Keep up-to-date with what's happening in our Faculty, from our latest research to our awards and achievements. We also organise a huge range of specialist workshops, conferences, training events and public lectures.

Your experience

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If you graduated from one of our departments in the last ten years we would like your help to create truly engaging content for our website, including student profiles and case studies. You can help by completing your graduate profile online.

PG research

Postgraduate research

At Essex you will work at the heart of an internationally recognised and well-connected research community. Our internationally-renowned academics will support and guide you through the different stages of your research until completion.

New experimental lab

ESSEXLab, the new state-of-the-art facility for academic researchers to run interactive social science experiments, is now available. Registration is also open to take part in experiments.