Postgraduate Virtual Week

Learn more about studying a postgraduate degree with us in 2021 and beyond.

  • Mon 24 - Fri 28 May 21


  • Online

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Student Recruitment

  • Contact details

    Events Team

Our Postgraduate Virtual Week was packed full of talks and sessions to get you thinking about postgraduate study at Essex.

Throughout the week we introduced our academic departments and subjects, our research excellence and impact, and discussed how you can fund your studies, how to apply to us, and a whole lot more!

As this event has now past, you can still watch over much of the recorded content from each day, find out more on our website, or get in touch with us to ask questions.

What was on during the week and what can I do now?

Meet your department

Monday 24 May

Welcome to the University of Essex talk

Our Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Sanja Bahun, introduced the University of Essex.

Speaker Video link
Professor Sanja Bahun  Watch now
Department sessions

Watch videos to learn more about what our academic departments can offer you.

Subject Speaker(s) Video link
Art history and curating  Dr Gavin Grindon  Watch now
Business management and global project management Dr Jun Li Coming soon
Data science  Dr Mario Gutierrez-Roig and Dr Stella Hadjiantoni Watch now 
Finance and banking  Dr Thanos Verousis  Watch now
Economics  Dr Ben Etheridge  Watch now
History  Dr Felix Schnell  Watch now
Hospitaility (Edge Hotel School) Andrew Boer Watch now
Interdisciplinary studies (humanities) Dr Lisa Blackmore  Watch now
Language and linguistics Professor Monika Schmid and Dr Christina Gkonou Watch now
Law Dr Marios Koutsias and Dr Tuba Turan Watch now
Life sciences  Dr Corinne Whitby and Dr Michael Steinke  Watch now
Mathematics  Dr Alastair Litterick  Watch now
Occupational therapy  Dr Simone Coetzee and Dr Lindsey Nicholls Watch now
Philosophy  Professor Fabian Freyenhagen  Watch now
Physiotherapy Dr Adrian Mallows  Watch now

Professor Philip Leifeld

Watch now 
Psychology  Dr Sebastian Korb  Watch now
Sociology Dr Alexandra Cox  Watch now

Tuesday 25 May

Department sessions

Watch videos to learn more about what our academic departments can offer you.

Subject Speaker(s) Video link
Acting and theatre Matthew Lloyd  Watch now
Actuarial science, data science, applied data science, statistics and mathematics Professor Berthold Lausen Watch now
Business analytics  Debashree De  Watch now
Computer science and electronic engineering  Professor Reinhold Scherer  Watch now
Film studies  Dr Sarah Smyth  Watch now
Global public health and health research Dr Anuj Kapilashrami, Dr Caroline Barratt and Dr Cara Booker Watch now
Human resource management and organisational change management Dr Marina Michalski  Coming soon
Literature  Dr Christopher Bundock  Watch now
Psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies Dr Kevin Lu
Watch now
Sport, rehabilitation and exercise sciences  Dr Ed Hope  Watch now

Not from the UK? This is for you

Wednesday 26 May

These sessions were dedicated to students from outside of the UK. We covered:

  • student finance
  • how to apply
  • student visas
Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Pakistan 
The Americas 

Learn more about your region and get in touch with your representative. 

South-East Asia

Our South-East Asia team ran two events across 2-3 June. The first event focused on Essex Business School and the second on our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Both events also covered:

  • studying at Essex
  • Covid-19 and vaccinations in the UK
  • plans for the 2021-22 academic year
  • support services at Essex

Learn more about your region and get in touch with your representative. 

Discover our research and The Essex MBA

Thursday 27 May

Research at Essex talk

Our Dean of Postgraduate Research and Education, Sanja Bahun, introduced the research we do at Essex and its impact on people and on the world around us.

Speaker Video link 
Professor Sanja Bahun Watch now

Academic research

Our academic staff discuss their amazing research.

Speaker(s) Research focus Video link
Dr Pascal Vritcka Pascal's research focuses on men, who are increasingly recognised as fathers, caregivers, and attachment figures for their children.   Watch now

Professor Tracey LoughranProfessor Marco Francesconi and Tugce Dolen

Tracey discusses her research into women's psychological, emotional and bodily health in Britain, c. 1960-1990. Marco poses the question: do generous parental leave policies help top female earners? Tugce talks about her research on women’s experiences of partner imprisonment for violent crimes.  Watch now  
Dr Carly Wood and Vinnosh Kumar Carly and Vinnosh discuss the benefits of physical activity on mental wellbeing. Watch now 
Dr Felix Schnell, Professor Noam Lubell and Dr Koldo Casla  Felix's research focuses on soldiers’ letters, diaries and patterns of capturing violence in language. Noam discusses the use of artificial intelligence in the military and whether we should legally ban ‘killer robots’. Koldo talks about social rights and inequalities in England.  Watch now 
Dr Dan O’Brien, Dr Sarah Smyth and Professor Tracy Lawson  Dan's research is on post-phenomenology in screen and digital media which considers audience engagement in film, interactive media art and computer gaming. Sarah Smyth discusses issues in women’s authorship and representation in film and television. Tracy's research is on plant physiology and in particular how stomatal kinetics influence photosynthesis and water use efficiency.  Watch now 

The Essex MBA talk

The Essex MBA is designed to support each MBA student on their own path to develop their career or entrepreneurial ambitions.

In this talk we explored how the programme structure, business engagement, MBA project options, dedicated careers support and collaboration with the Essex Startups service at the University's Innovation Centre can all help you to achieve your goals. An Essex alumnus explained how her career has developed since finishing the programme.

This session was open to anybody interested in applying for The Essex MBA in the future, as well as those who have already applied to join us in October 2021.

Speakers Video link
Nicolas Forsans (MBA Director), Ann Ord (MBA Careers Adviser) and Neal Robertson (MBA Recruitment Manager) Watch now

Learn about Essex in our general talks

Friday 28 May

Throughout the final day of our Postgraduate Virtual Week, we hosted a range of talks and sessions which gave you the chance to learn more about student finance, how to apply, accommodation, and staying at Essex (if you're already studying with us as an undergraduate).

There was also a student panel, so you could hear from some of our postgraduates about their time at Essex.

Talk Video link 
Transitioning from undergraduate to postgraduate studies* Watch now
Continuing your studies at Essex* 
Watch now
Funding your studies (UK applicants) Watch now
Funding your studies (EU and international applicants)  Watch now 
Accommodation Watch now
Student life Watch now 
How to apply (UK applicants) Watch now

 * Our 'transitioning from undergraduate to postgraduate studies' talk covers the skills you need to progress to a higher level of study. Our 'continuing your studies at Essex' talk is specifically for current Essex students, and we talk about our alumni discount and making a fast-track application.

What else can I do?

Chat with us

We're on Live Chat to answer your questions, plus we have students on Unibuddy that you will be able to chat with if you want to get the inside scoop on student life at Essex.

Campus tours

We're delighted to welcome visitors back onto campus! So if you would like to have a guided tour by one of our amazing student ambassadors (or even if you just want to have a look around yourself), visit our campus tours page to find out more.

Postgraduate Webinar Series

We're also hosting a Postgraduate Webinar Series, which includes week-long postgraduate courses that offer an insight into studying a Masters degree.

Live chat
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