Study with us
Located at the heart of an internationally acknowledged social science
network, you will receive advanced research training, expert supervision to
support progression through the programme, and top quality research facilities.
The department offers two routes to a research degree in Government:
- PhP (doctoral programme)
Both are three-year programmes. The difference is that the PhP is normally
for those who have not yet undertaken a Masters degree, which means first-year
PhP students usually take a number of taught modules, corresponding to the
taught elements of a Masters programme.
The structure of postgraduate research
There are a number of stages to your research degree at Essex. The
timetable of study outlines what you will be expected to achieve and when.
PhD prize for best paper
In recognition of the hard work and
dedication you put into your work, each
year we offer a prize of 100 (normally
book tokens) for the best PhD
publication. If you have published a
paper during the academic year, no
matter what year of study you are in,
you could be in with a chance of winning
Doctoral level training and funding
We play a key role in the Economic
and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) at Essex.
We have eight
fully-funded studentships available
for high quality students working in
advanced quantitative methods.
University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship supports Home, EU and Overseas
students to study at our university.
European Consortium for
Political Research (ECPR)
is an independent, scholarly association
that offers training, events and funding
to support and encourage political
scientists throughout Europe and beyond.
As a PhD student, why not take advantage
of its membership benefits, which you
are entitled to as part of Essex's full
affiliation with ECPR, and include:
- grants for attending
the Joint Sessions;
- travel and a\ccommodation
grants for graduate
students attending ECPR
participants at the
ECPR Methods Schools and
supported spring and
More information is available on the
There are a number of events,
training and support opportunities to help you gain valuable skills during
your research and also to help you prepare for employment.
Writing a research proposal
We offer some guidance on writing a research
proposal and what we will be expecting from your proposal when you apply.
valuable skills during your research and also to help you prepare for
Apply for a research degree
to study with us using the
online application form.
Applicants for entry onto a Postgraduate Research (PhD) degree should
normally have either:
- A higher degree by examination (e.g. MA, MPhil) from a
university in the British Isles
- The equivalent qualification from a university outside the
- AA first class honours degree, or its equivalent
Supporting documentation and English language requirement
You are required to submit additional
information to support your application for doctoral research. If English
isn't your first language then you will also have to provide an English Language
For further information about postgraduate study please
our Graduate Administrator.
Last modified on 26 April 2013