Our School provides a stimulating environment for research training and offers opportunities to take up postgraduate studies through Masters by Dissertation (MSD), MPhil and PhD research programmes.
A research degree is your opportunity to examine a specific topic in detail while working alongside our academic experts as part of our department’s research team.
Our research covers a wide range of areas, from the genome to communities and ecosystems, allowing the opportunity for developing novel ideas and inter-disciplinary projects. Our research is supported by modern, well-equipped facilities managed by trained technicians and research officers.
We offer a number of exciting opportunities for research projects towards a Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD), titles can be viewed below. We also offer fully funded PhD studentships throughout the year, with projects ranging across the spectrum of our research expertise.
Self-funded students and those with alternative funding are also welcome to apply and you can browse our research and academic staff pages to identify an area of interest or potential supervisor. Many of our research degrees are offered on a part-time basis so you can fit your research around other commitments.
We are providing exciting opportunities for research projects, towards a Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD) in the School of Life Sciences.
These are one-year postgraduate degrees that typically start in October but other start times can be negotiated with the project supervisor(s) (overseas applicants should allow additional time for visa processing). These opportunities do not come with any funding. Further information on fees and funding is available here.
To start the process, email your CV to the supervisors directly or email the postgraduate administrator Ms Emma Revill (firstname.lastname@example.org) to suggest another project within the area of interest of one of our groups or members of staff.
Each of these opportunities falls under one of our research groups.
Throughout the year we may advertise funded PhD studentships. Details of any available opportunities are listed below. For further information, please contact the Graduate Administrator, Emma Revill (email@example.com).
“I loved my PhD in tropical marine biology at Essex, which gave me a chance to develop really independent thinking and explore a world I was truly passionate about. I now apply the writing and communication skills I gained as a Government scientist, informing and influencing policymaking to improve the environment.”