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PhD research

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A top ten research university and superb student experience for your postgraduate research study at PhD, MPhil and masters level. PhD, PhDs, PhD study, research degree, postgraduate, university, doctorate, postgraduate research, scholarships, research degrees

Join our research community

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

We have an international reputation for the world-class quality of our research. We rate 9th in the UK overall, 1st for some disciplines, and are the UK's top university for social science (Research Assessment Exercise, 2008).

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 undergraduate students.

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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.

Research excellence

Research excellence

Essex was rated ninth nationally in the last Research Assessment Exercise for our outstanding research, with most departments, schools and centres rated 'internationally excellent', meaning our students are taught, supported and supervised by world leaders in their fields.

ESRC Doctoral Training

ESRC Doctoral Training - scholarships for PhD study

Essex is one of just 21 ESRC Doctoral Training Centres in the UK, which reflects our outstanding reputation for social science and means we are able to award a number of scholarships for PhD study.

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