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Research excellence

Research excellence is at the heart of our work at Essex and we have established a global reputation over the last 50 years for the high-quality of our work.

Our students enjoy their time at Essex because they have the chance to work with academics who are world-renowned for their research across a huge range of fields. We believe every student benefits from being part of our close-knit, research-intensive community.

Research excellence and our year of success

Curiosity can be as profound in creating change as experience, so at Essex, our students partner with academics, informing and actively participating in research. Our success is inspired by the whole University community.

Top 10 for research in UK

We were ranked ninth for the quality of our research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, 2008) – the UK’s independent review of the quality of research at our universities.

Highlights from the RAE include:

  • 22 per cent of research at Essex was rated as ‘world-leading’ and more than 90 per cent recognised internationally for its quality.
  • Essex was ranked as the UK’s leading university in social sciences with politics and sociology ranked first, economics third and linguistics fourth nationally.
  • Our research reputation in the humanities was confirmed by outstanding national rankings for history – ranked second in the UK, art history – ranked ninth in the UK and philosophy – ranked tenth in the UK.
  • Essex Business School was ranked second in the UK in accounting and finance research.

Read more about our exceptional RAE performance 

Other research strengths

  • We are home to Understanding Society at the internationally-acclaimed Institute for Social and Economic Research the world’s largest and most ambitious longitudinal survey finding out how people really live in Britain.
  • Our UK Data Archive is the UK's largest collection of digital research data in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Our Global Alliance initiative is developing partnerships with leading universities across the world to build on complementary research interests.
  • Global Challenges is our research initiative focussing on four major projects looking to resolve issues of worldwide significance.
  • Our 50-year history of groundbreaking research of real impact, such as Professor Peter Townsend’s revolutionary 1979 work on Poverty in the United Kingdom.
  • Our unique doctoral training scheme, Proficio, enables our research students to acquire a set of specialist professional skills and helps them to manage their career development.
  • Find out more about postgraduate research opportunities at Essex

Research links

Our research is mainly funded by the UK research councils, government agencies (eg Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions, Technology Strategy Board, Joint Information Systems Committee), Ofcom and the European Commission.

We also receive research funding from UK charitable bodies including Cancer Research, Deafness Research, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Royal Society and British Academy.

Research and knowledge transfer projects have involved partnerships with many organisations including BT Group, Vodafone, UNESCO, Nokia, Fujitsu, Alcatel, GlaxoSmithKline, London Aquarium, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Trust

"Essex is consistently ranked in the UK's top ten universities for its overall research quality. Our long-standing commitment to internationally excellent research is combined with a strategy that seeks to recruit the highest-calibre researchers, support our emerging research stars, and build high-quality collaborative partnerships with targeted institutions around the world."

Professor David Sanders, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

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Use our Scholarship Finder to find the right funding for you. Scholarships and bursaries are available to support talented students, ensuring we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of your financial circumstances.

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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.

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How do you apply for postgraduate study? We welcome online applications. We understand that applying for postgraduate studies can be different to your undergraduate experience, so we provide you with the information needed to make your application.

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