Study with us
Applicants for doctoral study can apply through us for PhD studentships funded by the AHRC and CHASE
(Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England), which includes the University of Essex and six partner institutions.
We are a leading a centre for graduate study both at Masters and PhD level.
Our research was ranked ninth in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, making us the highest rated
institution for continental philosophy.
We have an international reputation for our expertise in critical theory, phenomenology and
classical German philosophy. Many of our graduates have become leading
authorities in their fields.
Active research community
As a graduate student at Essex, you are part of an active research community, where staff and students regularly meet to discuss their work in research colloquia such as our Critical Theory
Colloquium or our Phenomenology Werkstatt.
Our students run their own graduate seminar series and meet regularly in reading groups. They also organise and participate
in our annual international graduate conference, which attracts speakers from across the UK and the world.
Throughout the academic year, we invite philosophers to present papers in our research seminar series, and
host eminent scholars who give our highly regarded philosophy minicourses, which combine lectures and seminars,
and are open to all students and staff.
German language courses
The ability to read philosophical texts in their original language is a real advantage for postgraduate research. At Essex, we offer a dedicated German-language course
for philosophy graduate students taught by Nick Walker, who has translated Adorno, Hegel and other German philosophers into English. Our
University’s Languages for All scheme also allows you to learn an additional language
alongside your course at no extra cost.
Professional teaching experience
We employ many of our research students as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). These paid positions are valuable opportunities
for professional development and give you experience of teaching and marking essays at undergraduate level, a significant advantage when it comes to applying for academic positions.
Visiting us from abroad
Our School welcomes students from international universities who wish to study abroad at Essex. We provide a friendly, supportive and academically challenging environment for study.
A period of study at Essex entitles you to our study abroad loyalty discount, which reduces your first-year
tuition fees for your first period of postgraduate study at Essex by ten per cent.
Our MA courses offer in-depth study of a range of specialisms including critical theory,
phenomenology and classical German philosophy, and are an excellent preparation for PhD study.
Our MA modules are taught in small groups by expert academic staff, giving you the opportunity for thorough and intensive investigation of a
wide range of philosophers and topics.
PG open evenings
Book a place at a postgraduate open evenings to find out more about studying at a top ten UK research university. Academic and support staff will
be available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.
By undertaking PhD study at Essex, you will become a member of an exciting and active research community, and benefit from the expert supervision of
our internationally recognised staff.