PhD studentships are now open for 2016 entry - view and apply now. Projects range across the
spectrum of our expertise.
Our research covers the whole spectrum of biology – from the cell right through to communities and ecosystems. Two-thirds
of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014)
From our flagship Coral Reef Research Unit, looking at the impact of climate change on coral reefs,
to research into the early signs associated with the development of breast cancer, our scientists cover a wide range of disciplines.
We conduct research in three main areas:
Each group brings together like-minded researchers to share ideas, knowledge, laboratories and equipment in the pursuit of fundamental
and applied research that addresses national and international priorities.
The groups also manage progression of
PhD students and career development of early career researchers, run seminar programmes,
and are involved in international and national collaborations, contributing to a vibrant research environment.
The School has made significant investments in research infrastructure, providing researchers and students with well-equipped
laboratories that house state-of-the-art
equipment and facilities.
The Research Repository contains an extensive range of publications by members of our University. You can search for
any publications by subject, journal or publication title, publisher, creator and more. You will find leading biological sciences research within our Repository.
Ageing & Assisted Living
The Ageing and Assisted Living Network is a cross-disciplinary network of researchers established to promote innovative, multi-disciplinary research in ageing
and assisted living with the aim of improving the health and quality of life of older people and people with disabilities.
Coral Reef Research Unit
We conduct research within coral reef biodiversity and work with international organisations
such as the Indonesian Institute of Science, the Honduras Coral Reef Foundation and the Suez Canal University in Egypt. Students also attend
field trips in Indonesia.
PG Research Finder
Use our Research Finder to find the right PhD or supervisor for you. PhD study at Essex lets you investigate
your topic in depth, develop new skills, enhance your professional development and build networks.