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Introduction

Research excellence

Research excellence

Learn from and be supervised by world-leading academics. We're ranked ninth nationally for our outstanding research (latest RAE), with most of our departments, schools and centres rated 'internationally excellent'.

We are one of the leading research-intensive universities in the UK and are ranked ninth nationally for the quality of our research.

We are home to world-leading academic departments with international reputations in the social sciences, humanities, science, engineering, law and management. We are also home to the Institute for Social and Economic Research and the UK Data Archive nationally important centres of excellence and resources for researchers.

Why we are special

  • Top ten for research
  • Best in UK for social sciences
  • Groundbreaking research covering health through to politics
  • Uniquely international
  • We tackle the big global issues

Funding and training

Dandelion

Our Doctoral Training Centres offer PhD funding and skills training in a wide range of subject areas. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to tackle important issues facing the world today.

Business support

Business support

Our research expertise can help your business. We can support you to develop new ideas, products and processes, explore new markets and improve your competitiveness. Find out how you can work with us.

PGR coursefinder

PhD courses

Use our PGR finder to find the right PhD or supervisor for you. Studying for your PhD at Essex lets you investigate your topic with depth and understanding. You develop new skills, enhance your professional development and build networks, opening doors to many careers.