Your postgraduate study at Essex gives you an opportunity to develop your own ideas and interests, and to engage with thinking at the leading edge of your subject, as part of the research community in our School of Philosophy and Art History and our wider academic and professional community.
If you are studying a non-science subject, then your teaching mainly takes the form of lectures and classes.
Your assessment is a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.
Teaching methods and styles
Within our School of Philosophy and Art History, all our MAs can be taken either full-time for one year or part-time over two years. Your modules, followed during the autumn and spring terms, generally consist of two-hour seminars, the format of which may include introductions by your tutor, presentations by you and discussion based on a programme of reading.
Your dissertation allows you to focus on and to gain in-depth knowledge of an area that interests you, with close supervision by a specialist member of staff within our School. If you are taking a Graduate Diploma, you will not need to do the dissertation.
Methods of assessment
Within our School of Philosophy and Art History, assessment for our courses is normally on the basis of coursework and your supervised dissertation.
Seminars and conferences
Within our School of Philosophy and Art History, we run a number of mini-courses, research seminars and conferences that our postgraduates are encouraged to attend. In addition, our postgraduates organise their own international conference each year with support from the School.