A top ten research university and superb student experience for your postgraduate research study at PhD, MPhil and masters level.
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Funding and training
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.
Choosing to be a postgraduate research student at Essex is one of the few decisions
in life that's black and white.
Our range of research degrees
Our research degrees include PhD, MPhil, MSc, MA and MD, and our culture of
world-class research provides an outstanding and supportive environment to undertake
your research study.
Our research is world-class
More than three-quarters of our research is 'world leading' or 'internationally
excellent' (REF 2014). We're in the top three in the
UK for social sciences and first for politics.
Our student experience is unique
In the 2013 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 84% of respondents said that they
were satisfied with the quality of their research degree. At Essex we win awards for our
pioneering student support schemes. We are the most recent winners of the prestigious
Times Higher Education award for Outstanding Support for Students.
We are perfectly located
Our three stunning campuses in Colchester, Loughton and Southend, each enjoy excellent
transport links and are only 70 minutes or less from London. Our location also has significant
benefits for professional networks, work experience and careers.
Don't take our word for it...
PhD student Catherine Duxbury discusses her research on the links between sexism and
speciesism in post-war Britain and how she is able to draw from a range of disciplines
such as psychology and biological sciences at Essex. She also speaks about her experience
of being a Graduate Teaching Assistant and how she delivers sociology teaching to